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James Hong

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!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the fact that you have launched something, without quite knowing where it is going to go and then you see what happens and a heap of positive stuff comes from this... thats inspirational.

Mark Bowness

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Added your blog to my Google Reader recently. You're a great inspiration. Thanks!

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi James,

You guys also inspired my first somewhat successful site.

I remember sitting at my desk at my wall street IT job just staring at hotornot for hours, literally. "If this f'in thing can make a ton of money, then I can f'in do it!"

So... thanks :)


11:37 PM  

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