15 Year Old sells message board

August 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm 3 comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Young entrepreneur Hansup Yoon, 15, recently sold his creation ZuneBoards, an Internet forum devoted to Microsoft’s Zune media player, for $62,000.

The teenager, who lives in Fullerton, Calif., created the site months before Microsoft introduced its answer to Apple’s iPod in 2006.

“It was the most perfect time to start a Web site about Zune, and I was one of the first few to create a Zune-related site,” he said

Yoon built the site using the free MyBBoard software, later shifting to vBulletin and Joomla. In less than two years, it grew to 60,000 members with more than 270,000 posts, all about Zune. It has been making about $1,000 a month from Google Adsense and TribalFusion, both with tools that place ads that are relevant to a Web site’s visitors.

When he decided to sell, he posted it on SitePoint.com and other sales Web sites for a minimum of $30,000 or “Buy It Now” for $60,000. Two bidders chose the latter option, and crowdgather, a Woodland Hills, Calif., company that has bought more than 70 message boards and forums as a foundation for Internet advertising, upped its bid to $62,000.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. notjustok  |  September 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Wow! who says you can’t make money running a message board.

  • 2. Startup News  |  September 3, 2008 at 2:31 am

    I guess he had a hot topic from the start ..

  • 3. Mckenna  |  September 17, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Great story! Very innovative boy and timing was perfect also.

    More success stories from young entrepreneurs from the YES movie at http://www.TheYESmovie.com. It is created by Louis Lautman


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