About World History Project

The World History Project is the first web site that enables people like you to collaboratively record, discover and share history. It's history recorded by the people, for the people.

We want to:

Help you discover events and history in unexpected and unique ways.

Ever wondered what happened around the globe on a specific day, month or year in the past? Or what happened at this specific location yesterday, a few weeks ago, a decade ago, or a century ago? Or how specific events can be similar to other events throughout time and location? We do, and we want to answer these questions.

Provide you with a place where you can exhibit your knowledge and help others.

Share your knowledge and expertise on a topic that you love, and help someone else learn about it. Do you blog or run a site on a particular topic? Create events on Timelines and be sure to provide excerpts with a link back to your blog or site.

Hear from you.

We are building World History Project to be a great resource for our users. Please let us know what you like or what we could do better (or just drop us a line to say hello to us) at worldhistoryproject.org or fill out the suggestion box at the bottom of this page. We want to hear from you.

So go ahead, discover, record and share history now.

World History Project Team

Brian Hand

Co-Founder & Chairman

Brian brings over 20 years of entrepreneurship and venture capital experience to World History Project. Prior to founding World History Project, Brian founded ShopLocal (formerly known as SalesHound) in 1999. ShopLocal helps advertisers use the Web to promote local, in-store sales and deals. ShopLocal was acquired by Gannett, Tribune and Knight Ridder in 2004. ShopLocal is now the leader in multi-channel marketing and advertising services and provides innovative media solutions to nearly all major US retailers, including Target, Sears, Best Buy, CVS and Home Depot.

Prior to founding ShopLocal, Brian spent 16 years in the venture capital and investment banking industry with First Analysis Corporation. As Vice Chairman of the firm for the last three years, he was responsible for co-managing day-to-day activities of the company's investment research, investment banking and venture capital activities. He was also responsible for identifying, investing in and managing portfolio companies as part of the firm's $500 million family of venture capital funds.

Brian received his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Geoff Buesing and Scott McMillin

Co-founders, Product, Design, and Development

Scott and Geoff have been working together for 15 years, first as co-founders of Hopscotch Media (1997), a Web agency, and subsequently as co-founders of both ShopLocal (1999) and Timelines (2007). For ShopLocal they designed SalesHound.com, a consumer site aggregating local sales and specials, and the industry-leading SmartCircular which is now used by every major retailer in the country to present local, print-based promotions to consumers on the Web. For Timelines, Geoff and Scott developed a number of consumer products including LifeSnapz.com, a site to help families record and share life events, The World History Project, a site for discovering, recording, and sharing history, and Photogram, an iPhone app allowing users to easily and creatively share moments with friends and family (with over 300,000 downloads so far). They also developed Timelines SE, a cost-effective service for newspapers to aggregate and present photos, videos, and articles about events to readers using timelines and maps (a finalist in the 2010 Chicago Innovation Awards). Timelines SE customers included Boston Globe, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Minnesota Star Tribune. As independent contractors they designed and developed solutions for Windstream Communications, Kraft Foods, Buena Vista International, Dow Chemical, First Analysis, and many other smaller companies.