It's high-brow meets low-brow. This week, the illustrious staff at New
Yorker magazine profiled
Andrei Ternovskiy, the founder of the
wildly-explicit-yet-occasionally-innocent site Chatroulette.com. Born in
post-Soviet Russia, Ternovskiy is only 18 years old, yet he has created one
of the most talked-about websites of the year. He was raised in humble
circumstances, dropped out of high school and hatched the idea for the
site while working as a souvenir vendor. Bloggers are teasing out
nuggets from the 4,000 word profile.
- It's Amazing How the Web Site
Supports Itself, writes Peter Kafka at All Things Digital: "
Since Google wouldn’t get cut him an AdWords check, Ternovsky’s sole
source of revenue was Mamba, a Russian dating service. But that was
enough: He was generating $1,500 in advertising a day, which he said
covered his costs."
- It's a New Yorker Piece Even Geeks Can Appreciate, applauds
Robert Quigley at Geekosystem:
"There aren’t any massive new revelations here — though 4chan types may
find some glee in learning that Ternovskiy first cut his teeth on DDoS
[denial of service] attacks when he was 11 — but it’s a fascinating read
about a fascinating figure."
- Andrey is terrible at math. “I just don’t understand how someone
can code and have such big blank spots in math,” says his tutor.
- Andrey does not want to run a Russian company; it requires too
much bribery. “My perfect plan is that I don’t ever return to Moscow,”
- Andrey now lives in downtown Palo Alto, where he says the sunshine
- Andrey bought a $2,400 bike, but it got stolen the first day he
Is Too Long! Fimoculous, a tech-friendly aggregator website,
gives a stridently brief summary of the profile: "He likes SF more than
NYC; he met Ashton and Demi, and Fred Wilson; it was originally called
Head-To-Head; the name Chatroulette was indeed inspired by The Deer
Hunter. The end." Perhaps the site's readership deserves a little
more credit. One commenter counters, "I found the story to be a bit
richer than the summary."
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