June 13, 1978 |
|Occupation||Blogger and entrepreneur|
|Known for||Blogging, Road Rules, FHM, Pranks|
|Spouse(s)||Kristina Hoge (2010-Present)|
Jake Bronstein (born June 13, 1978), is an entrepreneur, Internet personality, and blogger. He was an editor of the US edition of FHM, a men's magazine. Bronstein markets himself as a "fun evangelist," and provides consulting services to that end through his marketing agency GiantMINIATURE.
Bronstein appeared in the television program Road Rules at age 18, and two years later published his first feature article in the Maxim Magazine. At 21 he signed on for FHM, but took a brief break a few years later to co-host G4 Tech TV's Video Game Vixens. His tenure at FHM came to an end when he was let go for making off-handed remarks about Howard Stern's girlfriend Beth Ostrosky Stern. He also documented his sex life for Glamour  and wrote a book about sexual intercourse under the alias "Allen Jake Bronstein"  He later worked in marketing, found a blog named Zoomdoggle with colleague Josh Spear. The site was later redirected to www.getbuckyballs.com.
In 2009, Bronstein and Craig Zucker invented a popular magnetic desk toy called Buckyballs. In July 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint against Buckyballs and similar magnetic toy companies, alleging that the balls present a safety risk when swallowed.
Bronstein has been involved in a number of publicity stunts, such as bathing in the Bryant Park Fountain, taking advantage of a loophole to get into the NBA draft, auctioning on eBay the lead singer position in his band, offering himself for marriage, freeing a fish into New York's East River, launching a 50 Dates in 50 States quest by soliciting invites from women on the web, and offering 1,000 strangers a hand-written love letter. He is also the inventor of the Fun Idea Machine  and recently started a text system supposed to reduce boredom. He appeared on CBS Sunday Morning drinking a full bottle of maple syrup in an attempt to set a new world record.
- Carlson, Jen (2009-01-06). "Jake Bronstein, Internet Personality". Gothamist. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Axed For Bashing Stern Babe, ''New York Post'', 2005-06-01". Pqarchiver.nypost.com. 2005-06-01. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Bronstein Will Kiss Your Feet, Nail You". Gawker.com. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Sex Drive : Fantasies in Flesh and Steel". Search.barnesandnoble.com. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Zoomdoggle". Zoomdoggle. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- Martin, Andrew (2012-08-16). "For Buckyballs Toys, Child Safety Is a Growing Issue". The New York Times.
- "Do You Ever Feel Not-So-Fresh?, 2005-06-10". Gawker.com. 2005-06-10. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- Draft Dodger[dead link]
- Update: Is eBay band the latest Jake Bronstein stunt?, 2007-09-27
- "See The Ring Before You Decide, Gawker, 2005-08-04". Gawker.com. 2005-08-04. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Jake Bronstein 50 Dates". Jakebronstein.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- Free Hugs Is So Last Year; Try a Love Letter from Jake Bronstein Times Online, January 8, 2009
- Rosenberg, Rebecca (2008-12-29). "He'S Your Mr. Write". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- "Zoomdoggle’s Fun Ideas By Text | Zoomdoggle: More fun than work!". Zoomdoggle. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
- Zoomdoggle (later redirected).