Meanwhile, we automate and streamline every news-delivery task that we possiblycan. The eventual goal is to create an all-encompassing online suite of tools for smallnewspapers: we won't be happy until small, ailing newspapers are able to cut theirworkforce by 30%. Eventually we will provide the tools necessary to abandon print mediaaltogether.
If this application is a response to a YC RFS, which one?
For each founder, please list: YC username; name; age; year, school, degreeand subject for each degree; email address; personal url (if any); and presentemployer and title (if any). Put unfinished degrees in parens. List the main contactfirst. Separate founders with blank lines. Put an asterisk before the name of anyone not able to move to the Bay Area.
lloydarmbrust; Lloyd Armbrust; 28; 2006, York College, B.A. English;email@example.com; lloydmedia.com; and The Texas A&M University System andWeb Developer. jnovek; Jason Novek; 27; 2006, University of Minnesota Duluth, B.S.Computer Science, B.S. Mathematics; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.jnovek.com/; andSeeing Interactive and CTO.
Please tell us in one or two sentences about something impressive that eachfounder has built or achieved.
While running the web department for a small daily newspaper, lloydarmbrust grew page-view traffic by 850% and revenue by 400%--during that process he built a web presencethat won several national awards and accomplished goals that he was told would never workat a small-town newspaper. Nine months after starting his first job, jnovek had to ask his boss for a new set of responsibilities because he had replaced his entire daily routine with a collection of cron jobsand shell scripts.
Please tell us about the time you, lloydarmbrust, most successfully hacked some(non-computer) system to your advantage.
Our very first customer wanted a contract. This customer is notoriously picky aboutcontract terms, and a bolierplate off the internet wouldn't work. We had just spent about$3k on the incorporation process, and didn't want to drop another $2k on additional lawyerfees. Instead, I spent twelve hours scouring the web for example web-service agreements,random contracts, and a few forms purchased from Legal Zoom. It turns out that lawyersuse code just like hackers -- it felt a bit like learning PHP. Being an English major at heart,it was actually pretty fun.At the end I had a 15-page contract. I paid the lawyer $300 to look it over, hesaid: "Nice. Well written. Where'd you get it?"
Please tell us about an interesting project, preferably outside of class or work,that two or more of you created together. Include urls if possible.