Bryan Goldberg, 25; Zander Freund, 25; David Finocchio, 25; David Nemetz, 24
San Francisco, Calif.
In 2005, a few years after graduating from college, four high school friends and longtime sports fans decided to launch a company devoted to their favorite teams. Goldberg, Freund, Finocchio, and Nemetz reasoned that the best, most compelling sports coverage was coming not from the pens of professional sports writers, but from fans. With savings and loans from family and friends, they spent six months developing their company, which they envisioned would make money by selling advertising.
In 2007, the four quit their jobs and moved back to their home town, Menlo Park, Calif., where they recruited a stable of amateur writers and launched BleacherReport.com. According to the company, the site's traffic has grown to 1.5 million unique visitors a month since it went live 10 months ago. Last year's sales hit the low six figures and the founders expect their company—which landed $1.5 million in funding from local angel investors in November—to be profitable by the end of 2009.