Back in the early 1990 I started a BBS running Wildcat BBS on one node in a small town in Québec/Canada. It quickly became bigger. I quit my day job as a financial/cost analyst and I had to add many other nodes and my house was soon overrun by network cables and computer hardware...
In 1993 I added internet email using UUCP and newsgroups unsing PlanetConnect satellite service and migrated to a full PPP connection provider in 1995. I was able to get broadband connection from my Telco and began connecting high speed Internet client in 1997. I sold that company in 2001 to a bigger ISP but it was the best experience of my whole life. Just remembering and writing these details brings me goosebumps! Things were moving quickly on the hardware and software front. I was using Livingston Portmaster 2 and Portmaster 3 hardware (I kept them as a souvenir). A PM3's cost was 25,000$ and an equivalent Cisco unit was 50,000$+! I can proudly say that I developed my first Web App in 1994, it was a online payment system for my ISP business.
After 2001 I kept going as an IT consulted/Developer and still doing it today. Several years ago I bought a maple and I take time off during maple season to make maple syrup and server traditional sugar shack meal to my clients. Those are the last 25 years of my life... Many more to come I hope.