Tom Fulp is the founder and owner of the site Newgrounds.com; which was founded way back in 1995. It was the first website that let users upload their creations online. These could then be rated and commented upon by other users. Although it came more than a decade before Facebook; like Facebook, which runs on user-generated content; Newgrounds.com also hosts user-generated content. These contents from users can be uploaded under four site portals, namely games, movies, audio, and artwork. In 2002, he co-founded the hugely popular game site, the Behemoth.
Despite the losses during the dot-com bust of 2000’s and the controversies during the decades, Tom Fulp remains an enigmatic yet successful internet entrepreneur. Read on to know more about him and his net worth during 2019.
Tom Fulp was born on April 30, 1978 in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. He had his schooling and college in Pennsylvania.
In 1991, when he was just thirteen year old, Tom launched a Neo Geo fanzine by the name New Ground, and started with sending mails to 100 members of a club on Prodigy. He attended the Drexel University, from where he launched his websites and games.
In the year 2007, Tom married April; and the couple has two children.
Tom’s elder brother Wade Fulp handles the administration and other issues at Newgrounds.
Four years later, in 1995, Tom made a website, New Ground Remix on webspace. Within a year, by 1996, the website became very popular after Tom Fulp created and uploaded a few games while he was studying at the Drexel University in Pennsylvania.
Next year, he created sequels to his already popular games. He also decided to make a website for hosting games, to be called New Ground Atomix.
In 1998, Tom Fulp began working with Macromedia Flash. He also released a flash game Telebubby Fun Land.
Later, Fulp merged both his websites to create another website called the Newgrounds. The traffic increased and he started selling merchandise, making it one of the first e-commerce ventures.
In 1999, Fulp introduced banner ads on his site. He also partnered with Troma to host the site for a percentage of the ad revenue. He also added more functionality to the site, like chat rooms and message boards.
New incentives systems like the Grounds Gold, were added to attract more users to upload their creations. These helped enhance the ad revenue.
After the collapse of the dot-com bubble, Newgrounds too struggled to exist. In 2004, the Numa Numa Dance on Newgrounds became one of the first viral videos on the Net. By 2009, Newgrounds added many more functionality including its mobile version.
In 2002, Dan Paladin helped create the game Alien Hominid for Newgrounds. The game became very popular; which prompted them to come together with others and form the company The Behemoth for developing games. Their next game Castle Crashers was a huge success and it was launched on the Xbox 360, and later on PC and Playstation.
In 2011, Fulp started an annual tournament of animation. In 2012, he came up with his first mobile game, GroundCats, on iOS. In 2018, several new features were added to improve site performance.
Awards & Achievement
Not much information is available on Tom Fulp about winning any awards. However what is amply clear is that he is a solid citizen of Pennsylvania, where he spent his childhood and grew up.
In fact he has made it the headquarters and office of his company. It is located in the Glenside neighbourhood of Cheltenham Township in Pennsylvania. Currently Newgrounds has about 120 employees at its headquarters.
Net worth of Tom Fulp
Not much information is available in public domain about the income and income streams of Tom Fulp. Looking into his success in video gaming and his websites ad revenues, his net worth is a conservative guess and could possibly be more considering that his company has not been valued so far. It is estimated that the Net Worth of Tom Fulp is about $20 millions.
Tom Fulp had a passion for gaming since his childhood. He worked hard starting with his teens to realize his dreams as an internet entrepreneur. Although it may not be to the iconic level of internet stalwarts, his is one of the success stories of the internet age that will keep inspiring the young ones and their generations.