Brian Einhaus

Entrepreneur in Rochester, New York

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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 ( 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