10 Dec '11, 11pm

'We were bigger than Google' - TODAYonline

John Markus Lervik is not just any computer geek. At 42, the lanky Norwegian has established three Internet companies, sold two of them for more than US$1.3 billion (S$1.7 billion), and has "more than enough money to keep me comfortable for the rest of my life". And when a conversation with him touches on the Internet, it is hard to stop him talking on the subject. His first company, Fast Search & Transfer ASA was founded in 1997 when he was finishing his doctorate in tele-engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. For him, information, especially its delivery through devices like the mobile phone, the smartphone and the computer, is money. "There is so much data out there. The trick is to find out what exactly are a person's needs so that advertisements and other programmes can be focused on those specific needs," he says over breakfast at The St R...

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