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The Clunker Junker
Eric started The Clunker Junker in 2009. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on The Clunker Junker?
The Clunker Junker was forged in the fires of Mount Doom by the Dark Lord Sauron...no no, I'm sorry, I'm thinking of a different origin story.
Persistence is also a major key. Even when things are looking grim and you just want to quit, you have to keep on keeping on.
It was 2009 in the midst of "The great recession". Eric was a few years out of college where he received his bachelor of science in Computer Information Science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and was working at what is now DellEMC as a software engineer. Valerie was waist-deep in law school at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island attempting the world record for student loan debt.
For a couple of years at this point, Eric had been enamored with the "make money online" and affiliate marketing movement of the time and had already had a few successful side projects. He built a software product called "Poll Factory'' that generated clickbait-style "Who would win in a thumb war, Beyoncé or Taylor Swift?" landing pages for PPC arbitrage, and a couple of small-time eBay affiliates sites. The income generated from these products allowed us to put a down payment on our first home.
Looking for the next affiliate marketing site to build, we came across a company that had an affiliate program for a service that was pretty unique in a space otherwise filled with cringe-worthy e-books and scammy acai berry products: Junk car removal. They would pay $10 for every qualified lead for someone looking to sell a junk car. Being that both Eric and Valerie were HUGE gearheads, and also liked money, this seemed like a match made in heaven.
At the same time, Eric had become "internet friends'' with some weirdo who would comment on every blog post he made on his personal website where he was documenting our make-money-online adventures. That weirdo's name was Tevin. He's still weird, and he's still Eric’s best friend, but he's no longer involved with The Clunker Junker.
We asked Tevin if he wanted to help grow a new affiliate website to sling junk cars. Eric would build the new website and he would handle the SEO. The rest, as they say, is misery. History? The rest is history.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater