Once Upon a Time, This Tech Company Actively Recruited Furries
Seth Morabito wasn’t expecting to find the job that would change his life while at a conference dressed as an animal, but that’s what happened at ConFurence 7 in 1996: He was a newly-graduated programmer identifying as a raccoon when he saw the furry-friendly ad seeking Unix developers.
In these pre-web days, participating in alternative communities and communicating around the world required building and maintaining your own servers and chat forums. To participate in their lifestyle and connect with others like themselves, furries often needed navigate the pre-web telnet servers called MUCKs, or Multi User Created Kingdoms.
“It was a side skill they developed as a result of the forums they created,” Lee said. “Back then, nobody was creating websites. If you wanted a website, you make it yourself. If you wanted a chat server, you’d make it yourself.”