I was fortunate to be at the right place and time (e.g., Stanford in 1992) when the “World Wide Web” just started. This gave the opportunity to be the 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 – which was sold in 2007.
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 then to Seattle in 2008 where I 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, studying history, 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 am working on a number of projects including my foundation which focuses on education, environment, free speech and promoting truth. You can email me at abconru AT yahoo.com.