Adversity Inspires Entrepreneur -- Hurricane Katrina Survivor Creates Internet Business Success

Published: Sat Oct 21 2006

One year after losing everything but his life in the hurricane Katrina, Jerome Boykin, Jr., 23, has not let adversity get him down but has instead found tremendous success by offering a free service to others over the Internet.

Boykin was recently featured in "USA Today" for his rise to success in spite of adversity.

Boykin's new web site has attracted significant attention from people who blog, use dating web sites, and social networking sites. He is letting people post their picture on the front page of his site for free, and includes many additional services as well.

His goal? To make Internet history by posting one million faces on his web site, and he expects to accomplish that goal in 2007.

Social networks connect people with all different types of interests. People can use social networks to make new friends, and share common interests. Users of the sites spend a lot of time surfing for other users they can network with and add to their list of friends.

Boykin makes that process easier and fun, but does not charge any fees, so his site is gaining rapidly in popularity.

"Anyone can upload a photo and post their profile in just a couple minutes," explained Boykin.

Once a member posts a photo they can also begin to communicate with other members of the online community, and they are rewarded for sharing their new profile and photo with other people they already know.

"The first thing people look for to help them decide on contacts they would like to make online is a picture. I created with that in mind," said Boykin.

Just one year ago Katrina destroyed his home and his community, but Boykin did not let that discourage him. He quickly got back up on his feet, started a new cleaning business, and quickly found local success.

He then went to work on developing, and he recently launched his project to collect one million pictures of faces. His enthusiasm and his determination to succeed even in the face of destruction all around him have paid off, and will continue to bring him success for years to come.

Jerome Boykin is the creator of, a social networking web site. Membership is free and all services are free. Members can post a picture for others to see, and are granted credits for getting others to sign up. The goal of the project is to accumulate one million pictures of faces.

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