Harold Lizcano

Harold Lizcano
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Wanted: A New Web Site


He wanted something else, something new, something more. Yes, he was a dreamer.

Harold Lizcano liked working with numbers just fine. He was an accountant at Carr Futures. But at 31, newly married, he was thinking about a business of his own, something he could operate out of home once he began raising a family.

He was already talking with his wife, Emily, about having children. He wanted a big family, maybe four kids, and a big house somewhere. He had never had that. His father left home when he was 5, and he never saw him again. He had no siblings. It was just him and his mother.

"The latest thing he had on his mind was to open up a Web site," Mrs. Lizcano said. "His new idea was a site with classified ads for jobs and cars."

On Monday night, Sept. 10, he stationed himself before his computer and spent the evening surfing the Internet researching his dream. He was getting excited. "I was less excited," Mrs. Lizcano said, "because I was watching Spanish soap operas and they're hard to compete with. He kept calling me in to look at something. I'd say, 'Wait till the commercials.' "

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 20, 2001.




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