has been my great good fortune to have been on and around the
Internet for almost 25 years. Back in 1978 (when the Internet
was still called the "ARPAnet"), I was pursuing my Ph.D. in Computer
Science at Stanford University. I was also a consultant for Xerox
Palo Alto Research Center, the place where the future of computing
was born: while the rest of the computing world was still on mainframes
and using line editors, keyboards, and punch cards, we were working
on the Alto (the world's first PC and forerunner to the Mac),
using a mouse and a user-friendly graphical interface, WYSIWYG
word processors and graphic design programs, and chatting or playing
games with my fellows via a local area network. It would take
another decade before this technology would become commonplace
in the commercial world.
The excitement I experienced then as a young man
recurred in 1993, when the World Wide Web was born. Throughout
my life as an academic (ten years as a professor at Rutgers University,
and a visiting researcher at MIT, IBM Research Center, and Siemens
Research), I had a passion for communication. I had organized
and led countless workshops and seminars, received research grants
from the Defense Department and the National Science Foundation,
written or edited several books and numerous publications, and
won awards for my teaching. But this new vehicle of the Web excited
me because of its potential for seamless integration of every
existing medium, and of media yet to be invented. And the Web
made it possible for the vision I first saw back in 1978
to enter the common home, with far greater communicative power
than any of its predecessors: newspaper, radio, or TV.
So in 1994, I founded Enchanted
Websites with this vision in mind. Why "Enchanted
Websites"? Websites have about five seconds to grab the attention
of viewers before they move on -- we specialize in creating websites
that "enchant" the viewer at first glance, hold their attention
throughout their visit, and prolong that visit. This is 50% of
what is required to make a website an Internet profit center.
The other 50% is excellent marketing of the site. Neither half
can be neglected.
I am happy to say that, since
the founding of Enchanted Websites,
we have accomplished a lot. Our websites have won awards (including
Yahoo's Pick of the Day), been featured on MS-NBC's nationally
broadcast TV program, The Site, and have attracted hundreds of
thousands of visitors. It was on the basis of our success
that I was recently honored with the 2002 National Leadership
Award of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and
was appointed special advisor to the chairman of their Business
Advisory Council (and I don't even have a political affiliation!)
Our clients have ranged from the lead singer of
the rock band Live, whose current album debuted at the #1 position
on the Billboard charts last year; to Name That Toon, the #1 publisher
of advertising/animation art in the world; to
Villas International, the second oldest international vacation
rental company in the United States; to Ray Lynch, the platinum
album composer of the first New Age gold album, Deep Breakfast.
Here's what some of our clients have
Tong is an excellent person to have running your show on the
World Wide Web. The
site that he helped design and edit for me has garnered
more attention this year than I could have possibly imagined.
Not a day goes by that I don't get a comment like, 'Wow, your
website is incredible, what an oasis on the internet!' I highly
recommend him and Enchanted Websites.
singer of the rock band, LIVE
last album debuted at
#1 position on the Billboard charts)
you know, Name
is the world's largest publisher of advertising/animation
art. We create the artwork for the art market for The Coca-Cola
Company, Anheuser-Busch, M&M/Mars, Pillsbury, Hershey,
Campbell Soup, Nabisco, and others. Due to the high profile
image of our clients, it was most important for us to establish
what we felt was the most striking and professional website
possible. I just wanted to write you this brief letter to
tell you how happy we are with what you have created for
artistic flair and technical innovations have definitely
made this one of the most classy sites on the worldwide
web and the feedback we have received has only confirmed
this. I appreciate all the extra hours you put in toward
making this site a great success for us. I wish you and
Enchanted Websites only the best.
Name That Toon
#1 publisher of advertising/animation art in the world)
I am doing a new bear and artwork for PEZ (the well-known
candy company). It was probably one of the quickest approvals
in their history. The vice-president for PEZ literally checked
out the website, was greatly impressed, and approved the
deal with hardly any additional information. My licensing
agent was amazed! Good work.
I wanted to thank you for both your time and your efforts
in developing a wonderful, fully interactive website complete
with e-commerce. I came to you with a goal and you fulfilled
it both in time and with minimal disruption. I can't tell
you what a pleasure it is to work with someone, without
ever having met them, and have them do a great job.
Sadkhin Complex is growing and to complement this growth
I developed a website at home from my personal computer. When
it was completed I realized it lacked the style and coordination
of a professional site. You provided that and continue to
guide and assist us in our growth. As I write this, we have
several other projects under development which would benefit
from an ongoing collaboration with your company.
Again, I thank you and your staff for a job well done and
hope that we can share a bright and long future together.
The Sadkhin Complex
Last but not least -- here is what
some of the visitors to our websites (including Web Magazine and
the Microsoft Network) have to say about our websites:
can I say? It's probably one of the most brilliant sites
I've visited... I'm tempted to lift most of the code off
of it for my own page! I love the sound bytes, the pictures
(great artwork and photographs), the 3D worlds, the excellent
layout, the backgrounds, and everything else. Who IS your
the award-winning Ed
Kowalczyk's Home Page
by Live's singer Ed Kowalczyk, Hole
in the Universe is an all-out assault on your eyes,
ears, and soul. Stunningly well-designed, the site posts
daily tour diaries, interviews, backstage and early home
photos of the band, and samples of art they enjoy.
1997 issue of Web Magazine
#1 newstand publication on the World Wide Web)
really like The
Hole in the Universe! We're going to be pointing our
readers to your site during the last week of November.
Network's guide to the Internet)
wife and I have enjoyed your music for years and have all
your albums except the latest, which I just learned about
at this most excellent web page. Your website reflects the
same attention to detail and artistry as your music.
the award-winning Home
Page of Ray Lynch
Lynch is the composer of
first New Age gold album, Deep Breakfast)
web page -- beautiful graphics & color -- nice energy
& very nicely designed -- Love the background in navy
swirls; and the piano key effect is fun.
That Toon website
is a beautifully illustrated and well-organized site.
I was very pleased to spend time in your website and read
about your extraordinary philosophy.
the award-winning About
first met Fred Rohé
in 1995, at a seminar he gave on marketing. I was impressed not
only by the vast experience in the health products field, and
the track record of success, that lay behind every point the man
made; but also by his thoughtfulness, the ease with which he communicated
his ideas, and his good-natured manner. I remember thinking at
the time, "This is a guy I would enjoy working with!"
And so it has turned out, to my great good fortune.
that great good fortune be yours as well!
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