Exclusive interview with One Model Place’s David Mondrus that never happened

I thought great, what a novel idea. A CEO of one of the top internet modeling sites willing to be have an open discussion. So of course, I promptly replied back accepting the opportunity.

Back on May 20th, 2010, I wrote this little blurb about the acquisition of iStudio.com by OneModelPlace.com. Five days later, I received this email from Elias Stimac, press contact for One Model Place:

My name is Elias Stimac, I am the news editor and press contact forOneModelPlace.com. We saw your blog post and wanted to offer you more information on the recent acquisition. If you would like to get more details straight from the source, David Mondrus would be happy to speak with you on the phone at a mutually convenient time. Please let me know if you are interested in speaking with David. Thank you!

Elias Stimac

I thought great, what a novel idea. A CEO of one of the top internet modeling sites willing to be have an open discussion. So of course, I promptly replied back accepting the opportunity. I asked for Yahoo Messenger interview so his responses would be in written form and forwarded these technical questions ahead of the interview and also asked for a photo and bio of David Mondrus. This happened on May 25th, the same day I was asked if I wanted to interview him.

Can you share some technical background about One Model Place?
  1. How many unique visitors per day?
  2. How many page views per month?
  3. How many active members and how are active members defined?
  4. What is the technology architecture of One Model Place? Is it using a LAMP stack?
  5. What database does One Model Place use?
  6. Who does One Model Place use as the CDN?
  7. Who runs the site? How many programmers, customer service reps, managers, etc.
  8. What’s in store for the future in terms of technical changes or challenges?
  9. What percentage of revenue come from your various revenue sources? Ads vs membership vs other products.
Same questions for iStudio.
  1. How many unique visitors per day?
  2. How many page views per month?
  3. How many active members and how are active members defined?
  4. What is the technology architecture of One Model Place? Is it using a LAMP stack?
  5. What database does One Model Place use?
  6. Who does One Model Place use as the CDN?
  7. Who runs the site? How many programmers, customer service reps, managers, etc.
  8. What’s in store for the future in terms of technical changes or challenges?

May 27th, I write: Where are we with this? Are we still moving forward?

May 27th, Elias replies back promising to follow up the next day.

May 28th: no follow up.

June 3rd, I write: Where are we on this?

June 7th, Elias replies back saying they can’t answer the technical questions and said he’ll get back with a possible date and time.

June 8th, I write:

I can get reasonably accurate data on most of those questions so I’m going to report them anyway. I was just giving you guys an opportunity to comment or report them for yourself.

There are few secrets when it comes to website stats.

I have still not receive a bio or a photograph. I would like to move forward on this fairly quickly so let me know if Mr. Mondrus will be available in the next couple of days.

I don’t think the entire process will take more than 20 minutes depending on how thorough his answers are. I already have all my questions outlined.

Thanks for your consideration.

June 8th, Elias replies back saying he’ll have the photo and bio soon.

It’s now June 29th and I have never heard back from Elias with the picture or bio. The original agreement was for an Yahoo Messenger interview so the responses would be more dynamic. I’m not interested in forwarding my questions only to get canned responses after pre-screening. Since I consider this interview a big fail after five weeks of waiting, I will now publish the interview questions for David Mondrus for him to answer at his convenience.