Last year if you were to do a Google search for Asian American entertainment, a multitude of unrelated sites and YouTube channels were all you could find. This was a common and increasingly frustrating occurrence for three friends who simply wanted to hear the newest music from D-Pryde, watch the latest JustKiddingFilms video, or figure out what the next movie Justin Lin was directing is. That's where Jackfroot comes in.
We just wanted a place where everything could be found easily. It was always a challenge to find information on Asian American entertainment. This is our way of taking small steps to changing the media landscape, says co-founder Ky Truong.
With that vision and purpose, in May 2010, 3 college graduates from San Jose State University named Davian Nguyen, Ky Truong, and Cameron Voly created Jackfroot.com - a new website that aims to be the central source for all things related to Asian American entertainment and culture. The origins of the name are two fold such that there is a popular Asian fruit called jackfruit and the creators wanted to stay rooted in Asian culture. Thus, the name Jackfroot was created.
Were here to support those who have a passion for what they do in arts and entertainment. We want our site to be a home where new and upcoming artists can showcase their talent. We also want to make it easier for fans to follow news on all established artists and talents. It comes down to having a dream and following your passion. Jackfroot is here to make it come true, says Davian Nguyen.
After launching on June 14th of this year, Jackfroot has gained a huge following with an increasingly large buzz. Within a short time span, the website has climbed in website popularity faster than the founders expected.
The Jackfroot team set a goal to break into the top 1 million ranked websites worldwide within 6 months a task they accomplished in less than 3 months. By early November, they have impressed readers by breaking into the top 250,000 globally ranked websites and are still continuing to grow.
These guys are the young pioneers needed to help lead the future generation of America, says Congressman Mike Honda.
Three months after the launch, Jackfroot was contacted by Dr. Currie Lee, an anesthesiologist and pain management physician from San Leandro, who quickly took interest in the blossoming website. After a few meetings, they signed what could be the biggest deal of their lives. These guys showed me that they have the hunger and passion to succeed as young entrepreneurs, says Dr. Lee.
Bay Area local DJ Teddy Rockspin says, Ive seen these guys build a pipe dream from nothing into something. They have gained a lot of respect and support from the community.
On November 19th, Jackfroots staff and friends will be holding a public event, White Dreams, an all white attire theme party that will feature special live performances, a confetti drop, and the founders toasting to an even bigger year of success in 2012 and beyond. The event will be held at Supperclub in San Francisco. More news on the event can be found here.
Its only the beginning. We set our goals and somehow are reaching them faster than we expected. Our team is highly motivated and passionate about Jackfroot. With the backing of Dr. Lee, we feel theres nothing that can stop us now, says Cameron Voly.
It started off as just a dream and a big idea and starting to become a reality. This is a dream come true to be able to find the right person to invest in our goals. We just want to thank all of our friends and supporters that believed in us since the beginning. Keep an eye out for big things to come, says Davian Nguyen.
About Jackfroot, LLC:
Jackfroot is a new media & entertainment company with a dedicated website that aims to being the one stop destination where we showcase the skills and talents of Asian American lifestyle, entertainment, and beyond. We aim to build a growing online community for users worldwide to be able to access our database of content. Our focus is to be the prime source to offer exclusive interviews, articles, music, movies and much more.
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