William von Meister

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William (Bill) F. von Meister (February 21, 1942[1] – May 18, 1995) was an American entrepreneur who founded and participated in a number of startup ventures in the Washington, D.C., area. These included The Source, an early online service and CompuServe competitor, and Control Video Corporation, a predecessor company to America Online. He was fired from CVO when he showed up to work in a BMW without his workers being paid for week, where he was promptly asked to leave and never come back. [3]

His great-grandfather, Wilhelm Meister (1827–1895), founded the Teerfarbenfabrik Meister, Lucius & Co. in Germany, which later became Hoechst AG.

Bill von Meister died of cancer in Great Falls, Virginia, at the age of 53.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Michael A. Banks (2008), On the Way to the Web: The Secret History of the Internet and Its Founders. Apress. ISBN 1-4302-0869-4.



  1. ^ Klein, Alec (2004) [2003]. "Page 9". Stealing Time: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Collapse of AOL Time Warner. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-5984-X. 
  2. ^ Esther Smith (1995-05-25). "Obituary: Bill von Meister". Washington Technology. 
  3. ^ Lazy Game Reviews (2017-02-03), LGR Tech Tales - Quantum Link: AOL Origins, retrieved 2017-02-24 

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