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Richard "Dick" Sabot (February 16 1944 - July 6 2005) was an economist, scholar, farmer, and Internet pioneer who was co-founder of, one of the first and most successful dot-coms, in 1992. (It was subsequently sold to Lycos in 1998) He was also a co-founder of Eziba (later acquired by, an Internet venture which sold handcrafted goods from artisans around the world. He was a professor emeritus of economics at Williams College, and previously taught at Yale Universitymarker, Oxford Universitymarker, and Columbia University. He was a leading figure in building the Internet economy of Williamstown, Massachusettsmarker, known as "Silicon Village" during the dot-com era.

He was born in New York Citymarker and attended college at the University of Pennsylvaniamarker and completed his doctorate at Oxford Universitymarker. He subsequently worked for ten years at the World Bank and was also a senior advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank and International Food Policy Research Institute. He wrote or edited a dozen books on development economics and was co-author of several influential papers in the field, including The East Asian Miracle: Economic Growth and Public Policy.

He served on the board of directors of several companies including Lycos, Geekcorps, and the International Executive Service Corps. He was an active member of the executive board of the Center for Global Development; an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke Collegemarker, Oxford Universitymarker (UK); and a member of the Boards of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvaniamarker and of Colby Collegemarker.

At the time of his death, Sabot was launching a new business, Cricket Creek Farm, focused on producing organic milk and specialty cheeses. He died in 2005, aged 61, of a heart attack near his home in Williamstown, Massachusettsmarker, and was survived by his wife, Jude Sabot and their four children.

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