I am Jeff Sherwood, Founder, Designer, and Programmer of BIGWORDS.com, the textbook price comparison engine. AMA!
Hi, I'm Jeff Sherwood, founder, designer, lead architect and programmer of BIGWORDS.com, the textbook price comparison site. I founded the current site in 2001 after the previous version flamed out at the end of the dot-com bubble.
BIGWORDS.com first launched in 1998 at the beginning of the dot com boom, when 3 friends and I grew the company to 250 people, raised $80M, then flamed out when the bubble burst.
I believed in the brand so much that I bought the domain back from the bankruptcy auction and re-founded the site in 2001 as a price comparison site that I designed and programmed. I figured what students really needed was a site that just cut through all the marketing hype and mumbo-jumbo and really just compares all the options at once.
I'm a successful entrepreneur, a programmer, a would-be designer, and a guerrilla marketer. My favorite color is orange, and I own an original Millennium Falcon.
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