Founding History of Wikipedia

Founded by Jimmy Wales, Michael Davis, and Tim Shell.

Incorporated as Bomis Inc. in November 1996.

Purchased the bomis.com domain name in November 1996.

Purchased the nupedia.com domain name in October 1999.

Started design and development work for Nupedia in October 1999.

Launched Nupedia in March 2000.

Purchased the wikipedia.org domain name in January 2001.

Launched Wikipedia in January 2001.

Incorporated as Wikimedia Foundation Inc. in June 2003.

Headquartered in San Francisco, USA.

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Year 1 of Wikipedia

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Version 1 of Wikipedia (Website)

MAR 2000

Stats of Wikipedia

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Full Year 1 of Wikipedia

Y1 of Wikipedia.pdf

OCT 1999 to SEP 2000

Extras of Wikipedia

Articles of Incorporation for Bomis.pdf

1996 NOV Articles of Incorporation

2005 SEP Q&A with Jimmy Wales

2013 NOV Wikipedia's forgotten founder Larry Sanger

2016 DEC Ward Cunningham, Inventor of the Wiki

2021 DEC Rewriting history: first Wikipedia edit to be sold as an NFT