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It marks the end of a very British love affair with an enterprise that was born in the spare bedroom of a semi-detached house in Barnet, north London.
After that ploy failed, Murphy joined the business as part of a management buy-in, a process that involves newcomers taking a stake in the business in return for investment and expertise.
The founders are believed to have given up 40 per cent of the company’s shares at this point.
By the end of its first year it had 3,000 users, an impressive total for a kitchen-counter operation but hardly enough to take the world by storm.
The tipping point came when Steve Wright mentioned the site on his top-rating Radio 2 show in the summer of 2001 and its popularity exploded.