Student Entrepreneur Launches $1 Million Online Spheres to Pay Student Loans

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A 28-year-old Canadian entrepreneur is hoping to solve his student debt – and become a millionaire in the process – by selling 10 million pixels of link space on his website for $0.20 each.

The Entertainment Sphere

I wanted to pay for my degrees directly by applying what I learned, so I just started doing that.

Chris Gerber, from Vancouver, Canada, put together spheresoftheweb.com after graduating from UBC with degrees in physics and computer programming – and a large student debt. He said that slowly chipping away at the loans wasn’t his style: “I wanted to pay for my degrees directly by applying what I learned, so I just started doing that.”

Although Gerber says he finalized the website less than a week ago, over 3,000 pixels are already owned, 600 of them by his sister Vivian, who is an aspiring Vancouver artist.

“Chris likes to push the limits of what we can do, and I think that draws people’s interest,” Vivian, 26, commented. “The Spheres are original, and I wanted to connect my website with that.”

Gerber, who spent seven months building the website from zero, says that people can use the pixels to display a graphic or image on one of the Spheres and have a link to their own site.

“The Spheres illustrate that we use the web to achieve different goals, like finding information and being entertained,” Gerber explained, “so you would buy pixels on the one that matches your content.”

He believes that the pixels will offer permanent value because the Spheres appeal to the interests of people and businesses. “The Spheres will capture the essence of our time,” Gerber commented, “and preserve what we cared about in 2010.”

Asked what he will do with the money if he reaches his $1m target, Gerber said, “First I will donate $50,000 to charity and pay for my degrees. Then I’d like to pay for my sisters’ degrees too, and help my mom with her mortgage. After that I’ll spend some time thinking about my next project.”

Find out more about Chris Gerber and his Spheres at spheresoftheweb.com, and on Facebook at apps.facebook.com/spheresoftheweb.

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