Photo Courtesy of Five Cities Times-Recorder, Arroyo Grande, CA
Since November of 1995, Bob Hustwit has been working on his company's Web site, http://soli.com.
Well, that's not exactly ALL he's been doing. Hustwit has appeared as
an Internet expert on talk radio shows all over the USA.
Known as "The Internet Answer Man," he made over 150 appearances in the year
following July of 1996.
Back at Hustwit's Web site, http://soli.com, his constant attention
has produced excellent results, with over 280,000 visitors since he started on
January 1st of 1996.
"The traffic is building nicely," says Hustwit, "We hit
25,000 visits in our first year, and then it took us just 6 months to hit our
second 25,000. And," he adds, "if I can do it,
anybody can do it."
Maybe so, and then again, maybe not. Bob Hustwit has some unique
qualifications and talents in this industry.
As far back as 1978 Hustwit was involved in programming and online services.
In 1981 he was V.P. of The Source Telecomputing, a short-lived but far-sighted online service
ultimately absorbed into CompuServe.
In 1987 Hustwit opened his philosophy school/publishing
company, System Of Life Institute.
Hustwit pioneered again in 1989 with World Library,
the first company to put a significant number of literary works on CD-ROM.
By the time he sold his interest in the company, World Library was one
of the largest electronic publishers in the world.
"My parents would have been proud," says Hustwit, "they
loved to read, and instilled a love of reading and a love of books in me from
the time I was a child."
Bob Hustwit was born in Westerly, Rhode Island. He was raised in
the tiny (900 population) mill town of Bradford, Rhode Island, and moved to
California in 1970. He lived in Orange County, California until 1990, when he
moved to Pismo Beach, on California's Central Coast, where he now resides.
Bob remains a premiere creative force, designing and writing software and
software systems as well as continuing his researches in philosophy, artificial
life/intelligence, and, as time permits, acitvely pursuing his other interests,
including model railroading (N-scale), magic, (Bob has been a member of the
Magic Castle since 1977, and is a 24-year member of the International
Brotherhood of Magicians,) bike riding, book collecting, model building, and
woodworking, to name a few.
Today, through Platinum Web Site Services, he's ready to share what he knows
about creating and attracting visitors to Web sites with other Web site owners around the world.