Marc Fest (born 1966, in Muenster, Germany) is a German-American communications professional, programmer and entrepreneur. He is notable as the creator of multiple web-based information management tools and a pioneer in this technology. He is a former journalist and self-taught programmer. His most recognized achievement is originating the concept known as "metabrowsing" through his creation of Quickbrowse.com in 1999. This is a Web-based subscription service that enables users to browse multiple web pages by combining them vertically into a single web page. This concept was an outgrowth of a tool which Fest had conceived as an aid to his journalistic research.
Between 1990 and 1999 Marc Fest worked for the publications Berliner Zeitung (1996–1999), die tageszeitung (1990 to 1995) and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1993) as part of a Arthur F. Burns Journalism Fellowship. At a party he mentioned his invention to financial writer Andrew Tobias, who began the process of providing seed money for what eventually became Quickbrowse. He was vice president of communications for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the New World Symphony. Fest is CEO of social portal Joy.net. He is a dual Germany/United States citizen.
... Fest has created additional Web-based services, such as Onlinehomebase.com (information management), Magicminder.com (contact management), Trackle.com (Web page content monitoring), SimplyAnnual.com (yearly ...
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“Let us be realistic and demand the impossible.
[Soyons réalistes, demandons limpossible.]”
—Graffito. Paris 68, ch. 2, Marc Rohan (1988)