He hadn't even heard of Video Egg until a week ago. "I usually accomplish everything in the first hour," he says, before pausing for a moment to think this over.But then, you tend to attract advertisers' attention when you are serving up 1.6 billion webpages each month. "Actually, in the first 10 or 15 minutes." To demonstrate, Frind turns to his computer and begins fiddling with a free software program that he uses to manage his advertising inventory.
When I ask him to talk about what he does with the 23 hours a day in which he doesn't work, Frind struggles to answer and then looks helplessly at Kanciar.
She offers a few suggestions -- video games, ski trips, walks -- then tries to focus his energies.
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. Frind takes it easy, working no more than 20 hours a week during the busiest times and usually no more than 10.
A year ago, they relaxed for a couple of weeks in Mexico with a yacht, a captain, and four of Kanciar's friends. "Rough life." As Frind gets up to leave, I ask him what he has planned for the rest of the day. "Maybe I'll take a nap." t's a 21st-century fairy tale: A young man starts a website in his spare time. He hasn't gone to MIT, Stanford, or any other four-year college for that matter, yet he is deceptively brilliant.
He has been bouncing aimlessly from job to job, but he is secretly ambitious.Though his mouth was on fire, Frind calmly planted a kiss on Kanciar's lips and feigned ignorance as she went scrambling for water.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.Five years later, he is running one of the largest websites on the planet and paying himself more than million a year.Frind, 30, doesn't seem like the sort of fellow who would run a market-leading anything."We're trying to convince Max that we're interesting," she says sweetly.