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Trading in Search Engines for the Quiet Life

February 14, 2019

Although Alan Emtage was a crucial player in developing search engines and helping the Internet Society interact with commercial players as the Domain Name System was developed, he gave it up for a quieter life in the late 1990s.

“I stopped that in ‘96 because I kind of got burned out,” he said. “I was traveling 160,000-170,000 miles a year. That’s really no way to live…I remember waking up in a hotel and I honestly could not tell you what city I was in.”

Since 1998, he has been a partner at Mediapolis, Inc., a small web development company based in New York City, although he spends much of his time today in his home of Barbados.

“It’s what I call a lifestyle company,” he said. “I love to travel and love to work remotely. My parents are in their late 70s and early 80s and I want to be able to spend some time here with them.”

Now when he travels it’s for fun and to take photographs, which is his new passion.