name = HowStuffWorks
collapsible = yes
caption = Screenshot of HowStuffWorks as of
June 13, 2008
url = [http://www.howstuffworks.com/ HowStuffWorks.com]
commercial = No
language = English
registration = None
launch date = 1998
current status = Active
slogan =It's good to know
HowStuffWorks is a
websitededicated to explaining the way many things work. The site uses photos, diagrams, video and animation to explain complex terminology and mechanisms in easy-to-understand language.
In 1998, former
North Carolina State Universityprofessor Marshall Brainstarted the site as a hobby. In 1999, Brain raised venture capitaland formed HowStuffWorks, Inc. In March 2002, HowStuffWorks was sold to the Convex Group, an Atlanta-based investment and media company founded by Jeff Arnold, founder and former chief executive officer(CEO) of WebMD. [http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2002/09/02/story4.html HowStuffWorks sold to vulture fund] BizJournals 2002-09-02.] The headquarters moved from Cary, North Carolinato Atlanta, Georgia. HowStuffWorks originally focused on science and machines, ranging from submarines to common household gadgets and appliances. After adding a staff of writers, artists, and editors, content expanded to a larger array of topics.
In November 2004, HowStuffWorks moved its entertainment section to Stuffo. [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20041114084142/http://www.howstuffworks.com/ HowStuffWorks - Stuffo] at
Internet Archive] However, in 2006, the team disbanded and the site now redirects visitors to the site's entertainment channel.Fact|date=August 2008
The domain "howstuffworks.com" attracted at least 58 million visitors annually by 2008, according to a
Compete.comsurvey. [ [http://siteanalytics.compete.com/howstuffworks.com?metric=uv HowStuffWorks] at Compete.com]
There have been four HowStuffWorks books including two hardcover, illustrated
coffee table books, called "HowStuffWorks", and "More HowStuffWorks", and two unillustrated paperbacks, "How Much Does the Earth Weigh?" and "What If?". HowStuffWorks puts out an educational magazine called "HowStuffWorks Express" for middle school students. The company has also released a series of HowStuffWorks trivia "LidRock" discs — CD-ROMs sold on fountain drinklids at Regal Theaters.Fact|date=October 2007
Howstuffworks recently acquired
Mobil Travel Guideand Consumer Guide.Fact|date=October 2007
Howstuffworks.com spun off its international division when they went public (Nasdaq:HSWI) via an acquisition of INTAC, a China based company. In March 2007, HSW International launched its Portuguese website with headquarters in
Sao Paulo, Brazil. [http://hsw.com.br] The Portuguese term for the site is Como Tudo Functiona, which means "how everything work". In June 2008, the Chinese site was launched with headquarters in Beijing, China. The URL roughly translates to "Knowledge Information Web". [http://www.bowenwang.com.cn]
October 15, 2007, Discovery Communicationsannounced it had acquired HowStuffWorks for US$250 million. [ [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119240620469258721.html?mod=rss_whats_news_technology "Discovery Buys HowStuffWorks.com"] - Wall Street Journal]
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