Today is the 1 year anniversary of NMR, an online magazine I launched exactly 1 year ago from today with my 2 partners. Its crazy how fast time has past, its even crazier to think of all the challenges and drama I’ve faced this past year as I experienced head first what it felt like to run a company.
I was expecting to write this incredibly long and though provoking post on everything that has happened since NMR started, but I really don’t know what else to say other than to repeat how crazy it is to see how fast NMR has grown. We are closing in on half a million unique monthly hits now and we aren’t stopping. NMR’s goal is to be the #1 source for new media entertainment news and we will continue to set the bar higher and higher until we get there.
Its so funny to for me to recount the day the idea of NMR came into my head. It was last year towards the end of summer and I just went to bed after watching a Ryan Higa video. I had some trouble sleeping so I began to think about the success of my other site http://www.theotherasians.com (because I’m just that narcaccistic), it was awesome to think about what me and my partners Melly Lee and Julie Zhan were able to build in a such a short period of time with a 3 man team. It was great building a popular blog while simultaneously giving back to the Asian American community. On top of that, it was great to get a first taste of what running a startup was like for all of us. Naturally, with an abundance of Asian American’s finding success on YouTube, many of the features we showcased on OA were from new media. Apart from all we’ve achieved, we were also able to build a valuable network of contacts within the YouTube community.
…Then a random thought popped into my head.
Why don’t I create a site that focuses on featuring YouTubers and this new generation of creators online? Why I don’t create a resource for people to see the latest things happening in the new media space? I then started to imagine what the name of this publication would be. At that time, the term “new media” was starting to get thrown around a lot by the creators in my circle so then I thought “why not NewMediaRockstars?”. I then jumped out of bed and went on Namecheap to see if it was taken, obviously it wasn’t so I immediately bought it.
I then pitched the site to my OA partner Melly Lee at the time and she was on board immediately. Flash forward about 1 months later and clients of mine at the time fell in love with the idea with me and decided to become our first investor. We started building the site in early November using a custom wordpress theme and and after a whole month of Googling how to build a website, hiring our first initial team members, and interviewing people, NMR was officially launch December 1st with MysteryGuitarManbeing its very first feature. Joe and Sarah Penna will always have a special place in our hearts as they were one of the first big influencers to believe in the concept of NMR and has supported us until now.
After just 1.5 months of launching, we quickly realized that the “new media industry” was bigger than we all thought, we had no idea networks like Big Frame, Maker Studios, and Fullscreen existed. Heck, we didn’t even know the prominence of web series stars like Felicia Day and how big of an impact they had in our industry. If any of you were to meet us 1 year ago, you’d probably think we would’ve never found success doing this.
Alright, enough about me talking about NMR history. At this time, I’d like to thank everyone we’ve interviewed and all who has supported NMR thick and thin, you guys all know you are. I want to thank my partner Melly Lee for bringing my idea visually to life, setting the creative standard for NMR, and being a never ending supporter as a friend. I want to thank my other partner and NMR’s CFO Ryan De Vitis for believing in the idea and heading our advertising department. I want to thank our Editorial Team especially our Executive Editor Alan Van and Managing Editor Matt Manarino for improving and setting the standard in quality editorials for NMR (and of course our writers Ed, Jeff, & Carly) . I want to thank Eddie, Justen, and Drew from our Creative Team for always putting out killer graphics and quality videos for NMR. Finally, I’d like to thank our interns Daniel & Krystal. You all are the reason why NMR has grown the way it is and the rate that it continues to grow. Stay excited with us because we have a TON of amazing things planned in the horizon!