What do a giant green lizard, a fish cam, a rubber chicken and no dress code all have in common? In the 1990s, the answer was Netscape – one of the hottest Internet and telecommunications firms in the world at the time.
What we have here is a recruiting video released in the mid-‘90s. Described by president and CEO Jim Barksdale as the greatest collection of people on the planet, Netscape broke many of the traditional rules in terms of workplace environment.
Founded in 1994 as an offshoot of the Mosaic Communications Corporation and headquartered in Mountain View, California, Netscape went public a year later and nearly set a record in first-day gains. At one point, Netscape’s web browser was used by more than 90 percent of the market but that was before Microsoft decided to build its own browser, Internet Explorer.
Netscape was ultimately acquired by America Online on March 17, 1999, as part of a deal valued at $10 billion.