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It's high-brow meets low-brow. This week, the illustrious staff at New Yorker magazine profiled Andrei Ternovskiy, the founder of the wildly-explicit-yet-occasionally-innocent site Born in post-Soviet Russia, Ternovskiy is only 18 years old, yet he has created one of the most talked-about websites of the year. He was raised in humble circumstances, dropped out of high school and hatched the idea for the site while working as a souvenir vendor. Bloggers are teasing out nuggets from the 4,000 word profile.

  • It's Amazing How the Web Site Supports Itself, writes Peter Kafka at All Things Digital: " Since Google wouldn’t get cut him an AdWords check, Ternovsky’s sole source of revenue was Mamba, a Russian dating service. But that was enough: He was generating $1,500 in advertising a day, which he said covered his costs."
  • It's a New Yorker Piece Even Geeks Can Appreciate, applauds Robert Quigley at Geekosystem: "There aren’t any massive new revelations here — though 4chan types may find some glee in learning that Ternovskiy first cut his teeth on DDoS [denial of service] attacks when he was 11 — but it’s a fascinating read about a fascinating figure."
  1. Andrey is terrible at math. “I just don’t understand how someone can code and have such big blank spots in math,” says his tutor.
  2. Andrey does not want to run a Russian company; it requires too much bribery. “My perfect plan is that I don’t ever return to Moscow,” he says.
  3. Andrey now lives in downtown Palo Alto, where he says the sunshine is “heaven." 
  4. Andrey bought a $2,400 bike, but it got stolen the first day he owned it.
  • This Is Too Long!  Fimoculous, a tech-friendly aggregator website, gives a stridently brief summary of the profile: "He likes SF more than NYC; he met Ashton and Demi, and Fred Wilson; it was originally called Head-To-Head; the name Chatroulette was indeed inspired by The Deer Hunter. The end."  Perhaps the site's readership deserves a little more credit. One commenter counters, "I found the story to be a bit richer than the summary."

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