Ejected like a virus

I never intended to become a tech entrepreneur. Growing up in Baltimore, I was focused on Legos, Game Boy, my parents €™ video camera, and DOS computer games. I learned Photoshop so I could manipulate photos, and HTML so I could publish them. When video cameras with FireWire ports came out, I learned Premiere and After Effects so I could edit home movies and make ridiculous short films with hokey special effects. I uploaded them to blumpy.org, my crudely named personal website.

When Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen saw my work, they emailed me about helping out with CollegeHumor.com, a months-old, primitive (but entertaining) website that was already getting sort of popular. I got right to work, uploading my videos to the site, iterating the interface, and coming up with new features. I learned PHP and MySQL, so users could upload funny pictures (instead of emailing them in), and so we could automate our curation and publishing. Before we knew it, the site was bringing in $10,000 a month, and it became clear that we could do this full-time after graduation instead of getting normal jobs like our classmates…

The party ended in 2006, when we sold our company to IAC, a conglomerate owned by media mogul Barry Diller. Bit by bit, the youthful energy that created so much value was siphoned off. Whereas we €™d once been free to work on whatever seemed interesting, we now found ourselves in vaguely defined middle-management roles, sitting through pointless meetings where older doofuses who didn €™t understand the Web challenged our intuitions and trivialized our ambitions.

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