New website pokes fun at parents’ texts
Brothers’ website gains popularity
With 15 websites, millions of readers and a bedroom for an office, the Miltz brothers are not the average entrepreneurs.
Together, Stephen Miltz, a 25-year-old 2009 UNC graduate, and Wayne Miltz, a 30-year-old self-taught web developer and graphic designer, launched crazythingsparentstext.com, a website that compiles funny texts from parents, in December 2010.
The website receives 60,000 to 70,000 hits daily.
The idea for crazythingsparentstext.com came after the brothers noticed their website fyouautocorrect.com was receiving many parent-related submissions, Wayne Miltz said.
“We have crazy parents too,” Stephen Miltz said.
“It’s something that everyone can relate to.”
He said his mother often fails to use the space bar when texting and his father texts from the computer.
“I think that my dad texting me at all is awkward,” Wayne Miltz said.
The website had more than 7 million page views in the first two weeks of January, a month after its launch, according to a press release.
The two brothers also founded their company, Miltz Media, in 2007.
“You go downtown for all the paperwork,” Stephen Miltz said. “It’s not that hard.”
The company’s first website was for golf lovers — www.ncgolfers.com. Since then, the company has expanded and now includes 15 websites.
“We are reaching close to 3 million people online,” Wayne Miltz said.
He said their websites receive at least 400,000 to 500,000 page views daily.
But the brothers still work from home and only have a few employees.
“My mom does our taxes,” Stephen Miltz said. “Which is pretty nice.”
iPhone applications for the web-sites are also available, he said.
Wayne Miltz said they develop websites with college students in mind.
“I know college students are definitely liking our sites,” he said.
But some students at UNC are only now discovering crazythingsparentstext.com.
“I have only been there like once because I was bored,” said UNC junior Sharon Berg .
Others immediately liked it.
“I think it’s really funny,” said UNC freshman Myeshia Bryant.
Stephen Miltz, who was a varsity swimmer and a member of Sigma Nu fraternity while at UNC, said his favorite thing about his job is working from home and reading funny submissions every day.
“There’s not that many jobs where you get to laugh,” he said.
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