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This is not because Frind is lazy. 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. The gleaming space could easily house 30 employees, but as Frind strides in, it is eerily quiet -- just a room with new carpets, freshly painted walls, and eight flat-screen computer monitors.

Frind drops his bag and plops himself down in front of one of them. He looks down at his desk. 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. Until , Frind had a staff of exactly zero. Today, he employs just three customer service workers, who check for spam and delete nude images from the Plenty of Fish website while Frind handles everything else.

Amazingly, Frind has set up his company so that doing everything else amounts to doing almost nothing at all. Then, six minutes 38 seconds after beginning his workday, Frind closes his Web browser and announces, "All done. Frind would log on at night, spend a minute or two making sure there were no serious error messages, and then go back to sipping expensive wine.

A young man starts a website in his spare time. This person is unknown and undistinguished. He builds his company by himself and from his apartment. In most stories, this is where the hard work begins -- the long hours, sleepless nights, and near-death business experiences. But this one is way more mellow. Frind takes it easy, working no more than 20 hours a week during the busiest times and usually no more than Quiet, soft-featured, and ordinary looking, he is the kind of person who can get lost in a roomful of people and who seems to take up less space than his large frame would suggest.

Those who know Frind describe him as introverted, smart, and a little awkward. When he does engage in conversation, Frind can be disarmingly frank, delivering vitriolic quips with a self-assured cheerfulness that feels almost mean.

GOOG is "a cult," and Match is "dying. He always says exactly what he thinks. Another memorable valentine involved the secret consumption of a massive quantity of hot peppers. Kanciar, a freelance Web designer who also helps out around Plenty of Fish, is a lanky blonde with an easy smile and a hearty laugh, which she often uses to try to get Frind to open up.

He seems perpetually lost in thought, constantly thinking about and studying the world around him. When his parents want to see him, they make the hour drive southward. His fellow engineers seemed to be writing deliberately inscrutable code in order to protect their jobs. In his spare time, he started working on a piece of software that was designed to find prime numbers in arithmetic progression.

The topic, a perennial challenge in mathematics because it requires lots of computing power, had been discussed in one of his classes, and Frind thought it would be a fun way to learn how to sharpen his skills. He finished the hobby project in , and, two years later, his program discovered a string of 23 prime numbers, the longest ever. Worried that he would again find himself unemployed, Frind decided to bolster his qualifications.

Online dating was an inspired choice. Not only does the act of building an intricate web of electronic winks, smiles, and nudges require significant programming skills, but the industry has always been a friendly place for oddballs and opportunists. Industry pioneer Gary Kremen, the founder of Match and the man who registered the Sex. Another pioneer, James Hong, co-founded Hot or Not, a site with a single, crude feature. Hong allowed users to upload pictures of themselves and have other users rate their attractiveness on a scale of 1 to Avid, which has also courted Plenty of Fish, derives most of its revenue from Ashley Madison, a dating website for married people tag line: The site has 2.

He suffers from hypersensitivity to light, and his eyes were not taking well to long days in front of a screen. Working a few hours an evening for two weeks, Frind built a crude dating site, which he named Plenty of Fish. It was desperately simple -- just an unadorned list of plain-text personals ads. But it promised something that no big dating company offered: Online dating seemed like a good idea, but he was startled to discover that the site charged users hefty fees.

I was like, I can beat these guys. A free site could afford to spend perhaps 40 cents, making it exceedingly hard to attract daters and still turn a profit. In doing so, he had found a way to reach a large, underserved market. Even better, he had created a perfect place for paid dating sites to spend their huge advertising budgets.

Plenty of Fish grew slowly at first as Frind focused on learning the programming language and trolling internet forums for clues on how to increase traffic. There are a handful of half-literate posts from early in which Frind asks basic questions, like "I am interested in know how much money sites generate off advertising. Frind knew little about search-engine optimization or online advertising, but he was a quick study.

From March to November , his site expanded from 40 members to 10, Frind used his home computer as a Web server -- an unusual but cost-effective choice -- and spent his time trying to game Google with the tricks he picked up on the forums. In July, Google introduced a free tool called AdSense, which allowed small companies to automatically sell advertisements and display them on their websites.

He quit his job. Frind has few friends in business, no mentors, and no investors. Moreover, he has taken a path that seems at odds with the conventional wisdom about internet companies. Most websites with as much traffic as Plenty of Fish would have by this point raised millions of dollars from venture capitalists, hired dozens of engineers and business-development types, and figured out a way to keep someone as unconventional as Markus Frind from making any major decisions.

Web analytic services that used to cost thousands of dollars a year are now free. Competitive data, once available to only the largest companies, can be had with only a few clicks on Compete. And advertising networks, especially AdSense, have made it possible, even preferable, for internet entrepreneurs to bootstrap their businesses without hiring a sales force and raising lots of money.

Websites that venture capitalists would have spent tens of millions of dollars building in can now be started with tens of dollars. No one has used this ecosystem as effectively as Markus Frind, who has stayed simple, cheap, and lean even as his revenue and profits have grown well beyond those of a typical one-person company.

When searching for a prospective mate, one is inundated with pictures that are not cropped or properly resized. Instead, headshots are either comically squished or creepily elongated, a carnivalesque effect that makes it difficult to quickly size up potential mates. This has two virtues: And second, on a site this big and this complex, it is impossible to predict how even the smallest changes might affect the bottom line.

Fixing the wonky images, for instance, might actually hurt Plenty of Fish. That causes people to view more profiles and allows Frind, who gets paid by the page view, to serve more ads. When a member starts browsing through profiles, the site records his or her preferences and then narrows down its 10 million users to a more manageable group of potential mates.

Frind estimates, based on exit surveys, that the site creates , successful relationships a year. Not only has Frind managed to run his company with almost no staff, but he has also been able to run a massive database with almost no computer hardware.

Frind has just eight. He is not eager to explain how he manages this, but he says that it mostly comes from writing efficient code, a necessity when you are the only code writer and are extremely averse to spending money on additional hardware and features. He is good, too: When I joined him for a game of Risk in October, he sat silently for almost the entire game before clearing the board in a single, virtuosic turn.

He was still gloating the next morning. Frind approaches business in much the same way. I refused to accept defeat of any kind.

Pick a market in which the competition charges money for its service, build a lean operation with a "dead simple" free website, and pay for it using Google AdSense. By , Plenty of Fish was serving million pages each month, putting it in fifth place in the United States and first in Canada among dating sites.

Frind was making amazingly good money, too: In March of that year, Frind mentioned these facts to Robert Scoble, a popular tech blogger whom he met at a conference in Vancouver. When Scoble wrote about the solo entrepreneur with the ugly website making millions of dollars a year, his readers were in disbelief. At the time, AdSense was seen as a tool for amateurs. A search-engine-optimization blogger, Jeremy Schoemaker, wrote that Frind was a liar.

But some thought the check was a fake, while others felt that posting it was a crude promotional stunt. But the stunt worked. By summer of , with his site moving into first place among dating sites in the U.

But the plans were not exactly concrete. He had hired three people, not Frind seems untroubled by this disconnect. He says he leased an office because he was tired of working at home. And he is in no hurry. He says he thinks about that sometimes and has even toyed with creating a free job- listings site but finds the idea stultifying. How is he not bored already?

But if Frind is guilty of a kind of sloth, there is also a wisdom to his passivity. Being ever careful takes serious self-discipline, and an aversion to doing harm can be more valuable than an overeagerness for self-improvement. Frind created his own game and wrote his own rules.


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