At 17, the former Moscow student had his pick of million-dollar offers for his video-chatting service. He passed on them all. Six months later, Ternovskiy steps outside the one-bedroom apartment he shares with two engineers to talk to Fast Company about missed opportunities, short-term profits, and long-term hopes.
While American soccer fans toast their 1-1 win over England on Saturday night, innovation didn't really care, because it was inventing a new ballgame to be played in a new ballpark. With four-legged hairdroids.
On Friday, the NYT had a revealing Q&A with the founder of ChatRoulette , Andrey Ternovskiy. The 17-year-old was over in the U.S. to talk to developers and potential investors about how to evolve his site, which he developed over three days in his bedroom.
Andrey Ternovskiy, the 17-year-old creator of Chat Roulette, is now embroiled in a bidding war that pits the U.S. and Russia against each other over where the company will end up. Could it blow up like Facebook? Or fizzle like MySpace?