Cool College Start-ups 2010

Curtis Funk, FuneralRecording.com
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Curtis Funk, FuneralRecording.com

When Funk was 17, his grandmother died, and the mortuary gave his family an audiotape of the funeral service. At the time, he thought that was peculiar. But he found himself listening to the tape and marveling at the stories he heard about his grandmother. That was Funk's inspiration to start attending the funerals of strangers and making CDs, which he sold, through mortuaries, to families of the deceased. He eventually took the business online and now offers live streaming audio and video, transcripts, and other services. FuneralRecording.com has four employees and works with more than 200 mortuaries across the country, charging them $99 a month for broadcast services. The Weber State University senior expects sales of about $500,000 this year. –Lauren Folino