The ncov2019.live site, created by a 17-year-old American high school student, Avi Schiffman, receives 30 million visits per day. This site, which brings together data from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that of governments and ministries of health around the world, has attracted interest.
“I don’t want to be a profiteer”
The young computer enthusiast even received an offer of $ 8 million (just under 7.3 million euros) to buy the data mine. Although attractive, Avi Schiffman decided to decline this proposal for several reasons. ” I’m only 17, I don’t need $ 8 million… I don’t want to be a profiteer “, He notably summarized reports Business Insider. The teenager also does not want popups (a window that appears on the screen automatically when a web page opens) to ruin the user interface and above all, he does not want to have to submit to requirements of the buyers, who could ask him to make modifications with which he would not agree. But it is above all because he believes that this site is of public utility and that it must be easy to consult that he does not wish to sell it. He feared that by selling it, adding advertisements would slow down the site and make it unusable for visitors from around the world who do not have a very fast Internet connection.
As long as the pandemic is still active, the high school student from Seattle wants to continue to feed the site and add new features, such as a survival rate calculator. It constantly updates the statistics of countries of the world on infections, deaths, cured and also presents a world map of infections. Right now, this site is taking its time and has even ” blew up two weeks of school “
But once the pandemic is over, Avi Schiffman intends to delete the site. Meanwhile, this experience allowed him to meet many investors and even receive a job offer from Microsoft, which he also declined. ” If tomorrow I set up my business, I know that investors would at least take the time to look at my business plan. “
One of the teenager’s dreams is to chat with Bill Gates, with whom he undoubtedly has many things in common.