During a few months in 1997, MSNBC aired a computer show called The Site hosted by Soledad O'Brien. In that show, resource speakers from Internet companies such as Yahoo! recommended viewers about good Web sites or taught them how to use a particularly useful site on the Web.
Nirav Tolia was one such speaker. In his fifteen minutes of fame (and still counting) he was one of the regular guys from Yahoo! Soledad would interview every week. I believe Nirav was one of The Site's more recognizable guests, and I for one looked forward to his recommendations. In my opinion he could very well host his own show if he wanted to -- Nirav looking nowhere like a geek and yet commands the infallible authority of one. Unfortunately, MSNBC canceled The Site and Nirav has been scarce on TV over the years.
In my quest to create a Nirav Shrine, here are links that I have gathered on the Web with references to and appearances of Nirav Tolia. I got his picture through his sister's Web page, but that page isn't up anymore (too bad). This list was derived by typing in "Nirav Tolia" in most of the Internet search engines including Yahoo!, which surprisingly no longer carries a link to "Tolia, Nirav" in its directory -- they do have a search result from their search engine however.
Updates to the Original Text:
Quick Update: Nirav has recently struck big time media mileage thanks to his startup Internet company called epinions.com. He has been featured as one of Silicon Valley's most eligible bachelors (ooooh), and has appeared in several Internet and print magazine features. Check out his cool picture in the August 2000 issue of Ziff Davis Smart Business. Most search engines will now bring you to a myriad of press releases (and other such pages) when you type "Nirav Tolia".
Latest Update: All the links don't work (including the "Men of Silicon Valley"). The crash and burn of the dot-coms have burned all the Nirav links on this page. I feel so sad. We all started with such optimism... Nirav can still be found at: epinions.com where he is CEO and trying his darn best to make that Web site work. Somebody out there is still rooting for you Nirav!
Nirav Tolia's Web Appearances:
(The Links that once were...)
Then again, there is always Google.
Nirav's Bio from Round Zero
Last update: 01/28/99, 10/24/99, 08/31/00, 04/04/02, 09/21/02