OttawaStart.com in 2018 is a very different website than what it was when launched in September 1998 by Glen Gower, then a journalism student at Carleton University.
At that time, it was a simple web portal — a typical variety of website in the early days of the internet. Here’s what it looked like in December 1998.
Rather than post content, it acted as a directory for news and information about Ottawa by listing links to all sorts of other web destinations. The motto: “The City’s Most Useful Website!”
We evolved quite a bit, along with the internet at large. We eventually became a blog, first on the Blogspot platform before moving to where it is now. Although it’s changed a lot, we still strive to be what our motto in 1998 said we were: The City’s Most Useful Website!
Thank you to all of our readers over the years!