I was fortunate to be at the right place and time (e.g., Stanford in 1992) when the Internet just started. This gave the opportunity to be the one of first to create interesting things like online shopping carts, centralized ad banner management, online matchmaking, and real-time website customization technologies. Over the years, I started a dozen or so companies with the largest being the Friend Finder Network – a dating social network with over 300M registered members. I also realize that most internet technology is pretty straight forward and success happens often not only by having the right skills but with a bit of luck and timing.
I grew up in northern Indiana on a small farm where I learned the value of hard work and patience. I moved to the bay area in the early 1990s and love the climate, people, food, and the sense of entrepreneurial adventure which makes it world famous. I’m a big fan of movies (from old classics to new releases), oil painting, keeping fit, and road trips.
I hold a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering design from Stanford University (1997), a MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota (1991), and BS degrees in economics and engineering from Rose-Hulman. I taught control systems at Santa Clara University and Robotics at San Jose State University.
I’m always interested in business opportunities as well as helping people succeed. Currently, I split time between Seattle and Palo Alto and working on a number of projects including my foundation which focuses on free speech and promoting truth. You can email me at abconru AT yahoo.com.