February 17, 1987 |
LaPorte, Indiana, U.S.A.
|Occupation||CEO of Spartz Media|
|Known for||MuggleNet, OMG Facts, GivesMeHope|
Spartz was raised in La Porte, Ind. At the age of twelve, Spartz convinced his parents to allow him to drop out of school and homeschool himself. He developed his own curriculum, which his parents supplemented by requiring him to read four short biographies of successful people every day.
Spartz founded the MuggleNet website in 1999. In 2007, Emerson co-authored a book - MuggleNet.com's What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7 - Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love, and How the Series Finally Ends. As of July 21, 2007, the book sold 335,000 copies and reached #2 on the New York Times Children's Bestseller List, where it spent six months. Spartz went on a tour with Ben Schoen, another MuggleNet.com staff member, in June 2007 to promote their work.
In 2009, Emerson Spartz and Ben Schoen penned another book, MuggleNet.com's Harry Potter Should Have Died: Controversial Views From The #1 Fan Site.
In 2009, Spartz launched Spartz Media. In May 2009, GivesMeHope (GMH) was founded by Spartz and Gaby Montero. On GivesMeHope, users share true stories of kindness and generosity. On the site, people share with the world their most hopeful, uplifting moments while answering the question, "what gives you hope?" The site was created in response to, FMyLife (FML), and give itself a spin-off of popular French website Viedemerde.fr.
In November 2010, GivesMeHope released a book of the top 127 stories from the site. In the book, each story is accompanied by an illustration.
Spartz graduated in May of 2009 with a degree in management from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. In addition to taking a full load of classes while at Notre Dame, Spartz devised his own self-teaching curriculum around initialisms, mnemonics, and flash-cards in order to retain larger quantities of information. He is a voracious reader and aims to read at least one book of nonfiction per day.
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