I’m Nick Gray. Most people know me as the Founder of Museum Hack.
I hate museums. That’s why I started Museum Hack. It was featured in a popular TEDx talk. Then I grew it to a multi-million dollar business.
Then in 2019, I sold Museum Hack in an interesting way. It starts with a juicy takeover; read the story here.
In my 20s (I’m 39 now), I helped build and grow our family business.
My father started Flight Display Systems in the basement of our house. The company made avionics equipment for private jets and military aircraft.
I helped grow it to 75 employees. I lead our hiring, marketing, and international sales.
My mother was our CFO. It really was a family business! Then we sold it. During the last year, I had moved on to start Museum Hack.
Please note: I have spent the last 23 years habitually over-sharing my life on the internet. As such, you will find hundreds of unflattering photographs and video clips of me. I make no apologies for this. But trust that I will be ever as charming, and three times as attractive, when we meet in the flesh.
I’ve been doing “business stuff” for a long time. In middle school, I designed simple websites for Texas companies. It felt neat to be 14 years old and making $70 per hour.
In high school, I started a web hosting company called vs3 Web Services.
I got really lucky: if you searched on Yahoo! for the phrase “cheap web hosting,” my page was the first one to show up. That success helped pay for my college.
I went to Wake Forest University in North Carolina. I was a member of the Lilting Banshees Comedy Troupe and I was a Presidential Scholar in Entrepreneurship.
One project that I worked on in college got a lot of press: BuddyGopher was like a blog for away messages on AOL Instant Messenger. We had thousands of daily users and full-page features in USA Today, the Washington Post, and more.
I tried to build BuddyGopher into a big company- including moving to India after college- but that didn’t work out. I still learned a lot. I love India. In 2011, I produced a Bollywood music video.
Anyhow. I guess I spent my 20s largely alone and working to build our family business.
Then I spent my 30s in the hustle and bustle of New York City, launching and growing Museum Hack.
Now I’m 39, like I said, and I recently left New York City.
I never thought I’d say that — “I left New York City” — but this COVID-19 pandemic is wild.
I moved to Texas. I run a small family office. I hope to give more philanthropically. I want to make the world better in certain ways.
I wonder what I’ll do with my 40s. I have some ideas! But let’s see.
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I’VE BEEN FEATURED IN
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ARTICLES ABOUT ME
- Bloomberg Businessweek: Reaching Fresh Audiences
- New York Times: Get the Most Out of a Visit to the Museum
- National Trust for Historic Preservation: 40 Under 40: People Saving Places
- My TEDx: How I learned to stop hating and love museums, by Nick Gray
- Lifehacker: I’m Nick Gray, Founder of Museum Hack, and This Is How I Work
This is one of the best pieces of content that I’ve ever made:
- MY BLOG – I write about business, investing, my hobbies, and travel
- MY TRAVEL VIDEOS – Watch some short fun videos that I make for my friends
- FRIENDS NEWSLETTER – Find out why CEOs, investors, and museum curators love my emails
- THE $10,000,000 QUESTION – If I had $10M, how would I live my life differently? How would you?
- INVESTOR RELATIONS FIRMS – I couldn’t find a good database or list of investor relations firms in NYC. So I made my own.
- NORMANDIE PANELS BY JEAN DUPAS – I maintain this de facto online resource as a hobby project
- MY BEST ARTICLES – Check out a few of my favorite business articles
- BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES – Investing for yield? I am curious about BDCs. Here’s where I share my notes on them.
A Brief History of Nick Gray (That’s Me)
- 2020 Writing about business development companies and investor relations firms.
- 2019 I sold Museum Hack. Read about how, and to whom.
- 2015 ELLE.COM’S 41 MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELORS I was ranked 40 out of 41, so I guess I’m not the absolute worst.
- 2013 Museum Hack gives museum tours for people who don’t like museums (Founder, Tour Guide)
- 2011 BollyBrook Brooklyn Meets Bollywood Music Video (Producer, Creator)
- 2009 New York magazine: Meet Nick Gray, Thrower of ‘Culturally Significant’ Williamsburg Parties
- 2004 Flight Display Systems (family business, sold 2014)
- 2003 BuddyGopher (founder) — full page articles in USA Today, Washington Post
- 2001 American Pie 2 (Eugene Levy junket interview!)
- 1997 vs3 Web Services (web hosting business I started in high school)
KEYWORDS TO ME
Texas, Georgia, New York City • Wake Forest University, Clark High School and Forsyth Central High School, Hendrick Middle, Matthews Elementary • BuddyGopher, vs3 Web Services, TechnoTeen, GIF Animation Station • Arden Lake, Hunter’s Glen and Grove Park subdivisions in Kennesaw and Cumming, Georgia; Plano, Texas; and Mission Viejo, California. • I was an actor in the movie American Pie 2; you can see my six word performance on the DVD in the deleted scenes section. • My interview with Eugene Levy and Williamsburg, Brooklyn tea parties (not the political kind).
Well, this is the end!
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