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In May 1983, Jim Kimsey became a manufacturing consultant for Control Video, which was near bankruptcy.Kimsey was brought in by his West Point friend Frank Caufield, an investor in the company.AOL began in 1983, as a short-lived venture called Control Video Corporation (or CVC), founded by Bill von Meister.Its sole product was an online service called Game Line for the Atari 2600 video game console, after von Meister's idea of buying music on demand was rejected by Warner Bros.Under his leadership, the company invested in media brands and advertising technologies.

The service was different from other online services as it used the computing power of the Commodore 64 and the Apple II rather than just a "dumb" terminal.

AOL was one of the early pioneers of the Internet in the mid-1990s, and the most recognized brand on the web in the U. It originally provided a dial-up service to millions of Americans, as well as providing a web portal, e-mail, instant messaging and later a web browser following its purchase of Netscape. AOL rapidly declined thereafter, partly due to the decline of dial-up to broadband.

At the height of its popularity, it purchased the media conglomerate Time Warner in the largest merger in U. AOL was eventually spun off from Time Warner in 2009, with Tim Armstrong appointed the new CEO.

On May 24, 1985, Quantum Computer Services, an online services company, was founded by Jim Kimsey from the remnants of Control Video, with Kimsey as Chief Executive Officer, and Marc Seriff as Chief Technology Officer.

The technical team consisted of Marc Seriff, Tom Ralston, Ray Heinrich, Steve Trus, Ken Huntsman, Janet Hunter, Dave Brown, Craig Dykstra, Doug Coward, and Mike Ficco.

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