When Lastminute.com was founded in 1998, it successfully tackled one of early Internet startups’ greatest issues: convincing customers to purchase goods online. As an e-commerce platform—and premier website to purchase cheap travel tickets, it carved out a business model that’s used by many online marketplaces today—from travel and leisure, to fashion and freelance labor. Now, Last Minute co-founder Martha Lane Fox has set out to create a fairer Internet that benefits all users with her nonprofit Doteveryone.
Lane Fox joins Webby Podcast host David-Michel Davies for a great conversation on entrepreneurship during the early days of the Internet, her work to combat gender and algorithmic bias with Doteveryone, and its push to create sensible tech policy.
“ Our battle wasn’t about whether or not people should use Lastminute.com, it was whether or not they should actually use the Internet.””
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