Right now, his businesses—Vandelay Custom Cards and Dynamit Technologies—consume most of his spare time, though he claims to hang out with friends on weekends. He and a friend at Miami University started the businesses together and pay others as needed. Vandelay makes custom playing cards from 52 pictures the client provides, producing a deck of cards with suits and pictures on the front and a custom design on the back.
But Dynamit is Whitman’s baby right now. The business designs web sites for clients—the Columbus Archdiocese Catholic schools for one—and includes software that allows the clients to edit their own pages. They have 25-35 customers already and are beginning to see a profit.
“We both enjoy the challenge it presents us, and we’ll just keep going and see what happens,” he says.