Entrepreneur in Rochester, New York
I have a passion for creating things that are new, different, innovative and disruptive. This passion has lead me down an unconventional path that has seen me launch 3 successful startups, engineer multiple technology platforms, create a number of popular websites, and invest in a number of businesses. I definitely did not get to this point by any conventional means, so here is my story...
I have been making websites for well over half of my life. I was lucky enough to get access to ridiculously slow AOL internet access in 1994 (when I was 12 years old), and shortly thereafter I started making websites. (In-between involved me viewing the source code of more than a few websites to learn HTML). So it is a little strange making a website about myself. I am not one for self-indulgence. My goal here is to convey all of the pertinent information about myself, without this turning into a page full of "Hey! Look at me I'm freaking awesome!" So if that is how this comes off, sorry (but I can't help it, I do exude a pinch of awesomeness).
Anyway, let us go back to 1994. I was just a kid with internet access at the inception of the internet, with somewhat of an awareness of how amazing that privilege was. At first all I wanted was to experience the internet and its vast amount of information. Then I wanted to be a part of it. So I taught myself web development, and started cranking out websites. Of course, being 13 years old the websites I made were geared towards my adolescent interests: Video Games, Sports and Pro Wrestling (I have long outgrown most of these interests with the exception of sports). Then I thought to myself "wouldn't it be cool if people saw my websites?". I figured the best way to do this was to get them ranked highly in search engines. So I compared the source codes of highly ranked websites and poorly ranked websites, and tweaked my sites to emulate the successful ones (the term SEO hadn not been invented yet, so I had no idea this is what I was doing). It worked quite well. All of my sites gained some degree of popularity, with my pro wrestling website (WrestleZone.com) experiencing explosive growth. This transformed my fun little network of websites into a legitimate early internet startup and set me off on a ride I have been on ever since.
Let us fast forward a few years. I hit my 20's and one by one the various popular websites I had cre