F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
Contact: Paul Smedberg, firstname.lastname@example.org for a real "live" telephone interview, to answer questions, or to provide valuable philosophical insights
This release is about SalaryDoubler
Keywords: career, job, salary,
internet, web, humor, surrealism, dada,
math, money, site, useless, odd
SalaryDoubler Fulfills PromiseIt's something we all want to do - double our salaries. For hundreds of years, since the first salary (literally a bag of salt) in ancient Roman time, people have been trying to double their salaries. Now internet designer Paul Smedberg has found a way to fulfill that dream for anyone who visits his site at www.salarydoubler.com.
"I was looking for a way to help people that wouldn't take a lot of time or energy." says the bespectacled Smedberg from his basement office in ruggedly beautiful Bloomington, Indiana. "In the end, I decided not to bother, and created SalaryDoubler.com instead."
The idea of creating a site to double people's salaries came to Smedberg in a sudden epiphany. Though he didn't exactly know, at that time, what "epiphany" meant.
"I was sitting quietly on the porch, trying to remember the name of the Republican candidate for Vice President in 1964 when suddenly it was like I was hit in the head. One of the neighborhood kids had hit me in the head with a foul baseball."
This seminal event led Smedberg to look up the words "epiphany" and "seminal" in the dictionary where he stumbled upon the word "salary".
"I'm not very good at spelling nor proficient with alphabetization," said Smedberg, "so I was looking through the "Sa" section instead of the "Se" section when I saw the word "salary" and realized that this was the be-all and end-all measure of one's station in the working world, and that everyone, from the most powerful CEO to the meanest "fry girl" at a fast food restaurant wanted to double their salary. Smedberg knew that with his extensive mathematics background that included "some college" he could serve all these people.
Smedberg didn't see the many problems that would have thwarted a less courageous or smarter entrepreneur. He wrote down the idea on the back of a napkin which ended up in the washing machine where it was completely destroyed.
"It took me another 20 months to remember what was on that napkin," recalls Smedberg somewhat ruefully. "If I'd have launched 20 months earlier, I'd probably have become a dot-com billionaire."
"But, odds are I would have lost it all by now anyway," he added, his usual upbeat demeanor returning.
Q: What kind of person uses SalaryDoubler?
Q: What kind of response have you received from the accounting community?
Q: What else can you double with SalaryDoubler.com?
Q: How important is it to have a site that loads quickly?
Q: Have you ever considered a "salary tripler"?
Q: Are there any other products or services on the horizon?
Q: I assume you've doubled your own salary. How did that feel?
Q: What's next for Paul Smedberg?