The idea was simple: buy credits into an auction site, then use those credits on items posted by other people. It was a radical idea at the time of conception, but Yepur! had enormous potential. Imagine if, instead of using eBay, you were bidding on relatively good odds, as compared to most lottery sweepstakes. You could conceivably win an iPhone for $1. Or, you could use multiple credits to multiply your odds. The legalities tied this project up enough to keep it grounded, though.

That didn’t stop me from developing a fully functional prototype with user authentication, an image upload tool, and a complete database for categorizing user submissions. I even had PayPal payment processing in place. My good friend, John, co-wrote the site with me, but most of the backend logic was completed by me.