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Joshua Schachter is the creator of Delicious, creator of GeoURL, and co-creator of Memepool
Memepool is a multiple-author weblog, active from 1998 to 2008, that lists links to interesting, obscure, weird, or funny items on the web along with a bit of commentary...

. He has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States....

 in Pittsburgh.

Schachter released the first version of Delicious (then called del.icio.us) in September 2003. The service coined the term social bookmarking
Social bookmarking
Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online. Unlike file sharing, the resources themselves aren't shared, merely bookmarks that reference them....

 and featured tagging
Tag (metadata)
In online computer systems terminology, a tag is a non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information . This kind of metadata helps describe an item and allows it to be found again by browsing or searching...

, a system he developed for organizing links suggested to Memepool and publishing some of them on his personal linkblog, Muxway. On March 29, 2005, Schachter announced he would work full-time on Delicious. On December 9, 2005, Yahoo!
Yahoo! Inc. is an American multinational internet corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, United States. The company is perhaps best known for its web portal, search engine , Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Answers, advertising, online mapping ,...

 acquired Delicious for an undisclosed sum. According to Business 2.0
Business 2.0
Business 2.0 was a monthly magazine publication founded by magazine entrepreneur Chris Anderson, Mark Gross, and journalist James Daly in order to chronicle the rise of the "New Economy"...

, the acquisition was close to $30 million, with Schachter's share being worth approximately $15 million.

Prior to working full-time on Delicious, Schachter was an analyst in Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm headquartered in New York City serving a diversified group of corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals. Morgan Stanley also operates in 36 countries around the world, with over 600 offices and a workforce of over 60,000....

's Equity Trading Lab. He created GeoURL in 2002 and ran it until 2004.

In June 2008 Schachter announced his decision to leave Yahoo!. Techcrunch
TechCrunch is a web publication that offers technology news and analysis, as well as profiling of startup companies, products, and websites. It was founded by Michael Arrington in 2005, and was first published on June 11, 2005....

reported that the recent news coming out of Yahoo! about mass resignations of senior staff pressed his decision to leave.

He worked for Google
Google Inc. is an American multinational public corporation invested in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. Google hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and products, and generates profit primarily from advertising through its AdWords program...

 from January 2009 to June 2010. In 2006, he was named to the MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.Founded in 1861 in...

 Technology Review
Technology Review
Technology Review is a magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was founded in 1899 as "The Technology Review", and was re-launched without the "The" in its name on April 23, 1998 under then publisher R. Bruce Journey...

The TR35 is an annual list published by MIT Technology Review magazine, naming the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35.Some of the most famous winners of the award include Larry Page and Sergey Brin , Linus Torvalds , Jerry Yang , Jonathan Ive , Mark Zuckerberg...

 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

Angel Investing

Schachter is a prolific angel investor
Angel investor
An angel investor or angel is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity...

, having made over 15 investments in 2009 and 2010. His investments include high profile companies such as Etsy
Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks and toys. Many individuals also sell craft supplies like beads,...

, Foursquare, Square
Square (payment service)
Square is an electronic payment service, and the name of the card-reading device it uses. Square allows users in the United States to accept credit cards through their mobile phones, either by swiping the card on the Square device or by manually entering the details on the phone.-Creation:The...

, Bump
Bump (application)
Bump is an application created by Bump Technologies for the Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems. It allows two smartphone users to bump their phones together to exchange contact information, photos, and other objects between phones. It was the billionth application downloaded on Apple's...

 and Canvas Networks
Canvas Networks
Canvas Networks is a social website centered on sharing and remixing media, particularly images. The website was founded by the owner of 4chan, Christopher Poole, and backed by Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, Founder Collective, and Joshua Schachter.- Company and funding :Reports...


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