Rebecca Eisenberg

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Rebecca Lynn Eisenberg
Born 1968
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pen name Netskink
Occupation columnist, commentator, attorney
Nationality United States
Period 1992–2007
Genre non-fiction
Subject technology, business

Rebecca Lynn Eisenberg is an American technology writer, lawyer, entrepreneur, and columnist who covered the 1995–2001 Internet boom in San Francisco, California and Silicon Valley.


Eisenberg graduated with a BA in Psychology from Stanford University in 1990 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1993.

Beginning in 1995 Eisenberg was founder, General Counsel, business development executive, and/or early employee of a number of notable dot-com start-up companies[1] including Cyborganic (the online community founded by hotwired founder Jonathan Steuer), Ecast Network, (which makes a touch screen jukebox used in bars) and PayPal. Having joined as the second lawyer at the company, Eisenberg served as Senior Counsel with PayPal for almost six years. Eisenberg served as the General Counsel of Internet Ad Network startup AdBrite, Inc. from March, 2007 through September, 2008, and she served on the Board of Directors of the Craigslist Foundation (the nonprofit charitable wing of Craigslist) from its inception through late 2007. From September, 2007 through fall of the following year, Eisenberg served as General Counsel of Pure Digital Technologies, the maker of the handheld Flip Video camcorders. While at Pure Digital, she handled the successful merger of the company with Cisco Systems, Inc., for more than $600 million. Eisenberg served as General Counsel of Sequoia Capital-backed real estate search site Trulia, in addition to providing advisory services to other start-ups including The Skinny Scoop. Since May 2012, she serves as General Counsel of the social news website Reddit. She is active in nonprofits, including serving on the Board of Directors of Legal Momentum, formerly known as the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund. She continues her writing career by contributing to sites including the Silicon Valley Mom's blog, and handles legal and strategic matters for certain private individuals and companies.

Columns, Articles, Appearances, and Blogs[edit]

Starting in 1995 Eisenberg wrote one of the earliest blogs called "Read Me." She continued until 2000, at which time she signed off, explaining she had found "a life."[2] The term "blog" had not yet been coined. It was known at the time as an "online diary." In 1999 she was ranked as one of the 25 most important women on the web for her contributions to technology journalism.[3][4]

Other writings include:


  1. ^ Mardesich, Jodi (September 14, 1999). "A Play for Power". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 2006-01-25. 
  2. ^ Eisenberg, Rebecca. "farewell, of sorts". Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  3. ^ Craddock, Ashley (January 25, 1999). "Top 'Women of the Web' honored". ZDNet News. Retrieved 2007-01-25. [dead link]
  4. ^ Slayton, Joyce (December 8, 1998). "25 Women 'WoW' San Francisco". Wired Magazine. 

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