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In 1989 he graduated from Fitchburg High School and started at Lyndon State College in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. After two years in the small business program there he transferred to New York University to study economics. He graduated from NYU in 1993.
After college he stayed in New York City and worked as the managing editor of a mail order book catalog called Laissez Faire Books. Before Amazon.com this was the only source for many unusual books on libertarian philosophy and free-market economics. In 1994, he started experimenting with the Internet to sell books for Laissez Faire. The e-mail update list he created there was one of the first of its kind.
In 1995 Chris left his job to create a libertarian community and networking site called Free-Market.Net: The Freedom Network (FMN). This site has been called "the mother of all libertarian websites" for its early work in promoting usage of the Internet among free-market organizations and individuals.
In 1997 he created a non-profit organization in Chicago called The Henry Hazlitt Foundation to be a home for FMN and its newer sister sites including libertarian.org, ifeminists.com and Bureaucrash. The foundation grew to employ five people full-time and more than a dozen people part-time.
In 2000 Chris met Megan McClellan who was finishing her math degree at the University of Chicago.
In 2001 Chris retired from his non-profit work to be more entrepreneurial again. And to pay off his student loans. This led to the creation of FAQ Farm in 2002, which later became WikiAnswers and then Answers.com. WikiAnswers is a collaborative question and answer site where users can ask a question about anything and other users help answer them. The Q&As become permanent resources so that the same question never has to be asked twice.
In 2004 Chris moved back from Chicago to New York City. Megan was offered a job on Wall Street. The next year, in 2005, Megan was offered a job in London and they took that opportunity to see Europe.
In 2006 Chris and Megan returned from England. They bought a home in northern Westchester County, NY.
Late that year Chris sold his WikiAnswers business. During 2007 he worked with Answers.com to integrate the site into their company and take advantage of the new economies of scale. In both 2007 and 2008 WikiAnswers was the fastest growing site among the largest US websites. It is now a top 25 US website and gets millions of visitors per day.
In 2008 Chris began work on this site, WikiTree.
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Family Tree DNA kit 124309
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- Becky Syphers - 23andMe
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On October 25, 2014 at 03:22GMT Robert Hathaway wrote:
On October 24, 2014 at 04:29GMT Lajla Lindgren wrote:
I look forward to cooperate with you all!
On October 24, 2014 at 02:14GMT Fred Adamson wrote:
Thanks for the heads up. I went back and tightened up all my messages, then checked to make sure they were not running "outside the box" when I posted the comment. I think I misunderstood you before. I was having difficulty when I first starting greeting with my messages running past the dotted line box perimeter. You had mentioned that a space at the beginning was a code not to break the line. Evidently, we were talking about different lines. Anyway, thanks again. I do have another question...how do I provide a link for the people I greet to things like G2G or Honor Code, to cite two examples. (Did I give myself away that I have ZERO computer skills?) Thanks Chris...any and all help is greatly appreciated. Fred
On October 16, 2014 at 02:33GMT Robin Kabrich wrote:
Chris and Robin are 10th cousins 1 time removed, John Rogers is the common ancestor . . .news to me!
On October 14, 2014 at 23:53GMT Brian Ward wrote:
On October 11, 2014 at 19:31GMT David Wilson wrote:
Please note the "Bug" in my profile page is only a Halloween spoof and not a potential glitch... LOL
Thanks for all you do!
On October 5, 2014 at 12:41GMT Anne B wrote:
On October 4, 2014 at 17:57GMT M. Gaulden wrote:
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On September 27, 2014 at 19:45GMT Carol Braden wrote: