… legally. He is master of his fate, his own boss. And he is a big-time matchmaker who offers his services for free!
I call him the Canadian Cupid.
And, with 20 million members, he’s made a lot of people happy. From his compact office in Vancouver, B.C. Markus Frind, operates a free online dating service he founded called Plentyoffish.com.
"Be very, very afraid of Markus," Corante's David Evans warns competitors who charge for their services.
He can boast, "I am the largest website run by one person. I'm doing about 600 million pages a month. That means he’s making money off the content and activity of others.
YouTube has a HUGE membership, yet wasn’t making any money when Google bought it for for $1.65 billion.
In the spirit of Craig Newmark, founder of CraigsList (that made an estimated 10 million in 2004 with a 20-person staff), he prefers to remain independent, making more people happy, making more money and having fun - his way (as long as he doesn't continue to let his success go to his head.)
As astute Mark Brooks points out over at "Online Personals Watch", This story gives some insight on Markus. Every American dreams of making big bucks working on their own terms, from home. Markus is the poster boy for the internet fringe of one-man-band success stories. This fringe is growing but it's a rarity to see them pop their heads up. He's ranked #1 in Canada on Alexa, and #6 in the Hitwise USA rankings of internet dating sites.
See Frind interviewed Canadian TV, via YouTube.
Frind may be a one-man band in his business yet he’s succeeded by creating a model based on The Power of Us, the “smart mobs”, where advertisers pay to be at the center of action that attracts others.
Perhaps you, too, have an idea for enabling others to do something better together (through you) than they can on their own. Just know the corrollary to the Power of Us is the need to keep improving to stay ahead of the clones.
Here’s to crafting your own “Power of Us” business model to way to attract plenty of fish … and fun. I'd love to hear about it.