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About the Book

In 1995, SAIC acquired Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI) – a small telecommunications and computer network consulting business at the time. However this "routine" acquisition turned out to be something quite out of the ordinary: with the Internet boom around the corner, and NSI having control over Internet domain name registration, new, unprecedented challenges lay ahead. This is ultimately a story of the unpredictability of business, the challenges presented by rapid growth, and the lessons learned through these experiences. Written in collaboration by Dr. J. Robert Beyster and Michael A. Daniels, it also offers a glimpse into the future challenges to be addressed through the eyes of those who navigated the uncharted waters of internet security, privacy, social networking, politics and policy—and much more—during the exponential growth of the World Wide Web in the 1990s.  Originally created, owned, and published by the Foundation for Enterprise Development, this book is now owned by the Beyster Institute at UC San Diego, Rady School of Management

About the Authors

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J. Robert Beyster


Michael A. Daniels


Dr. J. Robert Beyster founded Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in 1969, and served as the company's chairman and CEO for 35 years. During Dr. Beyster's time at the helm, SAIC grew from a small startup with a handful of scientists into a diversified and global employee-owned company with 43,000 employees and more than $8 billion in annual revenue. Dr. Beyster’s legacy of promoting innovation and employee ownership was continued through the Foundation for Enterprise Development (, which he founded in 1986, the Beyster Institute at the University of California, San Diego, and the Beyster Fellows at University of Michigan and Rutgers University.


He received numerous honors during the course of his lifetime, including the Horatio Alger Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Ernst & Young, the Spirit of San Diego award from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, and a lifetime achievement award from the University of California, San Diego’s CONNECT program. Dr. Beyster also authored Names, Numbers, and Network Solutions and The SAIC Solution: How We Built an $8 Billion Employee-Owned Technology Company.

Vinton G. Cerf


Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company.


Widely known as a "Father of the Internet," Vint is the co-designer with Robert Kahn of TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet. In 1997, President Clinton recognized their work with the U.S. National Medal of Technology. In 2005, Vint and Bob received the highest civilian honor bestowed in the U.S., the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It recognizes the fact that their work on the software code used to transmit data across the Internet has put them "at the forefront of a digital revolution that has transformed global commerce, communication, and entertainment."

Peter Economy


Peter Economy is a best-selling business author, ghostwriter, developmental editor, and publishing consultant with more than 60 books to his credit. He has also served as Associate Editor for the New York City-based Leader to Leader magazine since 2001, writes a weekly column on management for, is a member of the National Advisory Council of The Art of Science Learning, and is a founding member of the board of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes.

Michael A. Daniels is former chairman of Network Solutions (1995-2000), former chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mobile 365, Inc. (2005-2006), and former chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (the largest technology council in the United States). Mr. Daniels rose to national industry prominence with SAIC, where he served as a member of the senior management team (senior vice president and sector vice president) from 1986 to 2004. While at SAIC, he identified and purchased Network Solutions for $4.7 million in March 1995. He led Network Solutions (NSI) through a successful initial public offering (IPO) in 1997 and two successful follow-on offerings in 1999 and 2000. 


He currently serves on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), Mercury Systems, CACI International, Acentia, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council. Mr. Daniels also serves as chairman of the board of GlobalLogic, the Logistics Management Institute, and Invincea.

Mary Ann Beyster


Mary Ann Beyster is the Manager of Beyster Ventures and of Yellow Warbler Media, a film company to advance stories of social entrepreneurs. She was President of the Foundation for Enterprise Development from 2005 to 2017, and advanced entrepreneurship and science and technology innovation through broad-based ownership models. She is an educator at universities and for small business on topics of technology transition, organizing and financing growth, and broad-based ownership. She was the strategic advisor on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technology transition support program, an executive member of the San Diego’s Regional Innovation Cluster, and founder of a global fellowship program focused on employee ownership and participation. She is a producer and producer/director of two publicly broadcasted and award-winning documentary films, We the Owners and The Kitchenistas of National City that capture stories of social entrepreneurs across industries and in community health.

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