Sky Dayton

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Sky Dayton

Name: Sky Dayton

Born: August 8, 1971, in New York City, New York, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American entrepreneur, founder of EarthLink, co-founder of eCompanies and founder and chairman of Boingo.
  • Led the creation of a partnership with Steve Jobs at Apple that saw EarthLink become the default ISP preloaded on the iMac, and later led to a $200M investment by Apple in the company.

Significant publications

  • Education in the Internet Age Speech at Hillsdale College (2003) published in Imprimis.
  • When Capital Corrupts Forbes (2002).
  • Lighting the Way EarthLink bLink Magazine (2001).

Honors and awards

  • Named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35 (1999).
  • Chosen as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Lloyd Greif Center at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.


"I owned a couple of coffeehouses in L.A., and I had a computer-graphics company that I co-owned. And I heard about this thing called the Internet. I thought, that sounds kind of interesting. The first thing I did is I actually picked up the phone and dialed 411, and I said, I'd like the number for the Internet, please. And the operator is like, What? I said, just search any company with the word Internet in the name. Blank. Nothing. I thought, Wow, this is interesting. What is this thing anyway?"