But then, you tend to attract advertisers' attention when you are serving up 1.6 billion webpages each month. "Actually, in the first 10 or 15 minutes." To demonstrate, Frind turns to his computer and begins fiddling with a free software program that he uses to manage his advertising inventory.
While he is doing this, he carps about Canada's high income taxes, a serious problem considering that Plenty of Fish is on track to book revenue of million for 2008, with profit margins in excess of 50 percent. "Most of the time, I just sit on my ass and watch it." There's so little to do that he and his girlfriend, Annie Kanciar, spent the better part of last summer sunning themselves on the French Riviera.
He has been bouncing aimlessly from job to job, but he is secretly ambitious.
He builds his company by himself and from his apartment.
When I ask him to talk about what he does with the 23 hours a day in which he doesn't work, Frind struggles to answer and then looks helplessly at Kanciar.She offers a few suggestions -- video games, ski trips, walks -- then tries to focus his energies."We're trying to convince Max that we're interesting," she says sweetly.Another memorable valentine involved the secret consumption of a massive quantity of hot peppers.Though his mouth was on fire, Frind calmly planted a kiss on Kanciar's lips and feigned ignorance as she went scrambling for water.Weitere Informationen zu unseren Cookies und dazu, wie du die Kontrolle darüber behältst, findest du hier: Cookie-Richtlinie.COMMAND CENTRAL Frind recently increased his staff from zero to three and moved operations from his bedroom to a nearby office tower." alt="COMMAND CENTRAL Frind recently increased his staff from zero to three and moved operations from his bedroom to a nearby office tower."t 10 o'clock in the morning, Markus Frind leaves his apartment and heads to work. The problem is that he is still getting used to the idea of a commute that involves traveling farther than the distance between the living room and the bedroom.Like most of his advertising deals, this one found Frind. Today, according to the research firm Hitwise, his creation is the largest dating website in the U. Amazingly, Frind has set up his company so that doing everything else amounts to doing almost nothing at all.He hadn't even heard of Video Egg until a week ago. "I usually accomplish everything in the first hour," he says, before pausing for a moment to think this over.When he does engage in conversation, Frind can be disarmingly frank, delivering vitriolic quips with a self-assured cheerfulness that feels almost mean.Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO), he says, is "a complete joke," Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is "a cult," and Match is "dying." Says Mark Brooks, a marketing consultant who has advised Frind since 2006, "I've never known anybody so competitive.