Mark & Mary Devlin

Mark & Mary Devlin38 posts

Mark and Mary Devlin are the founders of Newslines. Born in Scotland, Mark and Mary moved to Japan in 1989. In 1993 they started handing out a four-page classified ads sheet on Tokyo streets. Over 14 years that sheet grew into Metropolis, Japan’s No 1 English Magazine. In 2000 they founded japantoday.com, the No. 1 news and discussion site about Japan in English. In 2007 Mark & Mary sold their businesses and moved to the United States where they opened Kroaky’s, a private karaoke room business. In 2014 they launched Newslines, an innovative news timeline site. They have two children and now live in Glasgow, Scotland.

24 Feb, 1995
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Start Crisscross Internet

Founding

From 1994 Tokyo Classified readers are able to place ads using an online BBS system. As the Internet grows in popularity Mark & Mary start Crisscross Internet, one of the first Internet Providers in Japan. Crisscross’s “Instant Internet” allows anyone to access the Internet by calling a premium-rate telephone number from their modem for an per-minute fee of ¥20 (approx $0.2). The business grows rapidly and gains over 5000 customers.

May 2006
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Launch Crisscross Social Network

Founding

Crisscross Screen captureCrisscross Social Network is launched. The site uses a sophisticated drill-down search to connect people with the multiple, diverse interests.

The system grows to over 30,000 users, mainly in Japan.

It was not until 2012 that sites like Facebook offered similar “graph search” functions. In 2012 the site was being prepared for relaunch in the U.S. as CRXSS, a social search engine.

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