I am a 25 year old technology enthusiast/entrepreneur. Currently I run a mobile app shop called TapFury. I’ve been doing this web stuff since I was 16 years old and have had a great time. Some of my more popular websites are: prankdial.com, imgplace.com, and coverphotoz.com. I am always working on new ideas and ventures. This blog is a resting place for my everyday thoughts (ones that are too big for twitter). So enjoy. If you like what you read, comment! I love getting feedback from readers. Also don’t hesitate to contact me.
I’ve been interested in the internet for quite some time. Ever since the AOL days, I’ve been exploring websites and fiddling around, uncovering what the Internet could offer me. Around 2001, I had become motivated by the Google story – two young entrepreneurs challenging the giants and succeeding. So I started to look at how I could make an impact on the web. My first venture was “Teen Hangout”, a website for social gathering where teenagers could share news, gossip, and more. The site was mostly just a communication medium for me and some friends but it gave me my first valuable lessons in internet marketing. To my astonishment, Teen Hangout actually made a couple of dollars. My early success inspired me to do more. I came in contact with Peter, the then owner of AIMFilez.com at the time and agreed to provide him with web designs in exchange for web hosting. During this time I saw a real potential in the “instant messaging” market and using my birthday money, purchased my own web hosting and developed AIMDude.com – a resource for everything instant-messaging related. The site was wildly successful receiving thousands of unique a day. At the time, Googles new contextual advertising service, Google AdSense had just premiered allowing me to instantly monetize on AIMDude.com’s traffic. Within two months of the site’s opening, I received my first check from Google. I was ecstatic – here I was sitting behind my computer making real money. Around this time, I met Kyle, who owned AIMForums.com – a bulletin board about.. you guessed it, AOL Instant Messenger. His site had recently been acquired for a few thousand dollars. I was amazed that anyone, especially so young (Kyle was 17 at the time, same as me) could make so much money from the Internet. I too started looking for buyers and sold AIMDude.com in the summer of 2004 for a little bit more than AIMForums.com. Kyle and I decided to do a joint venture, a website targeted towards the highly coveted tween demographic dubbed DollSpot.com. DollSpot.com was a collection of girl-oriented AIM icons. Using various link-trading and SEO techniques, DollSpot became a huge success. Kyle and I decided to create a development company which we could list our websites under – WizTeen. Our next website, IconFun.com allowed users to customize their icons using a dynamic web program. IconFun also became a huge success. We were able to generate instant popularity with sites because we had an established network to cross-link from. Throughout 2004 and 2005, we developed numerous websites working with developers from around the world. As I started college, WizTeen went on the back burner. When I finally got out, I had a degree but no idea what I was going to do next. I was unsure if I wanted to work for a company. The only offers I received were in Boston but I knew I had to be in New York. So one week during the Summer of 2010, I sat down and redid a site that I abandoned some years earlier – PrankDial. PrankDial like my past sites became an instant hit. With PrankDial as a base, I was able to monopolize on the growth of mobile platforms, and started a mobile app shop called TapFury. Right now, I’m just working on building great ideas for iPhone and Android with my awesome team in NYC.