Meet the 11-year-old girl who taught the world to code in 1997

In 1997, an 11-year-old girl set up a website with HTML tutorials and guides for Neopets. Within a few years, “Lissa Explains it All” was serving 500,000 monthly visitors, its forums hosted 75,000 users, and Google was sending her big fat ad revenue checks.

Alyssa Daniels, a kid from Orlando, was teaching the world how to make websites long before YouTube tutorials and Squarespace—and making legit money in the process.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet text live on stage) talk to Daniels about her childhood entrepreneurial spirit, early web culture, what her parents and friends thought of her startup business, ’90s Nickelodeon shows, and what she’s up to these days.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by the Podglomerate.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.