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."
- These Are the Best Nuggets, writes Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider:
- 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,” he says.
- 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 owned it.
- This 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."