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Thursday, May 24, 2007


Over the past 6 years, we've heard about website founders who were inspired by HOTorNOT... including Facebook (Mark started FaceMatch) and Youtube.

While we would have been thrilled to have been the ones to have started those sites ourselves, we probably would not have done as good a job as they have, so it's all good.

Today someone pointed out to me that according to a New Yorker article, HOTorNOT inspired Charles Saatchi as well on his latest project regarding rating art.

I have to admit that although I recognized the last name, I didn't know much about him, so i read his wikipedia page.

Starting HOTorNOT has satisfied me in many ways.. financially it has helped me a lot, and there is a lot of satisfaction in knowing about all the relationships, marriages, and children that are out there because of our work (we estimate about 5-10 marriages a day!)

But I have to admit, having brilliant people like Charles Saatchi call our work "fantastic" is probably the most satisfying.

Thanks to beautiful Brooke Hammerling for showing me this article!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Anshul Samar

Video of a 13 year old kid named Anshul pitching his card game at TieCon.

I'm not sure if kids want to play games that involve learning, but seems like a good idea if the kids don't realize they're learning, and the parents are the ones buying! what he needs next is a pokemon style cartoon, to be distributed on PBS or something :)

more impressive are anshul's pitching skills at the age of 13 :)

I doubt it's a venture play, but hopefully somebody is willing to angel him!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Barry versus Jonathan.. the New David and Goliath?

Interesting blog post about Evitefrom my friend Jonathan Abrams, founder of Friendster, about how IAC is suing him and his company Socializr. I what my buddy and co-founder of, Al Lieb (who started evite), thinks about this.