Marc Fest

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Marc Fest.

Marc Fest (born 1966, in Münster, Germany) is a German-American communications professional, programmer and entrepreneur. He is notable as the creator of multiple web-based information management tools and a pioneer in this technology. He is a former journalist and self-taught programmer. His most recognized achievement is originating the concept known as "metabrowsing"[1] through his creation of in 1999. This is a Web-based subscription service that enables users to browse multiple web pages by combining them vertically into a single web page. This concept was an outgrowth of a tool which Fest had conceived as an aid to his journalistic research.

Between 1990 and 1999 Marc Fest worked for the publications Berliner Zeitung (1996–1999), die tageszeitung (1990 to 1995)[2] and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1993) as part of an Arthur F. Burns Journalism Fellowship.[1] At a party he mentioned his invention to financial writer Andrew Tobias, who began the process of providing seed money for what eventually became Quickbrowse. He was vice president of communications for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation [3] and the New World Symphony. Fest is CEO of social portal He is a dual Germany/United States citizen.


Quickbrowse received wide media coverage[4] during the height of the Dot-com bubble. It was quickly followed by other metabrowsers such as (backed by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen), (backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen),, and - all of which have ceased to operate as metabrowsers. Octopus received more than $11.4 million in venture capital funding from Redpoint Ventures.[5] Onepage received $25 million in venture capital funding.[6] Quickbrowse received a half-million dollars in angel funding. Quickbrowse backers included its lead investor, founder David Bohnett, the financial writer Andrew Tobias and CBS hurricane expert Bryan Norcross.

Other Internet activities[edit]

Fest has created additional Web-based services, such as (information management), (contact management), (Web page content monitoring), (yearly email reminders), and, an experimental online edition of the Miami Herald based on metabrowsing (discontinued). He is also the creator of, a video blog of South Beach sunrises and of, a site about messaging tactics.


  1. ^ articles mentioning "metabrowsing". Quickbrowse pressroom. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
  2. ^ tageszeitung archive listing of news articles written by Marc Fest. taz archive. Retrieved on 2007-02-06.
  3. ^ "Knight Foundation Names Marc Fest Vice President of Communications". John S. and James L. Knight Foundation media release, 3/11/08 Retrieved on 3/16/08.
  4. ^ complete media coverage of Quickbrowse pressroom. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
  5. ^ " Closes First Round Funding From Redpoint Ventures"[dead link]. PR Newswire, 11/15/99 Retrieved on 1/23/07.
  6. ^ (archived at Retrieved on 2007-01-23.


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Publications by Fest[edit]

  • Christian Heeb; Jörg von Uthmann; Marc Fest (1997). Edition USA - Traumziel Amerika (Dream Destination America), New York: Big Apple und Long Island. München: Bucher. ISBN 3-7658-1119-X.