Patrick Lichty wrote: Dear David, Thank you for your query. Although your intitial contact seems interesting, my history has shaped the nature of my consulting practice. At the moment, I am continuing to build a career as one of the world's leading emerging technology-based fine artists. I recently returned from a tour of my video work throughout Japan, and am currently working on projects with the Whitney Museum, and the Louisiana Contemporary Arts Museum, among others. My Interactive design/illustration consultancy (Lichty Studios) has served the Fortune 500 for over 8 years, and is surely what I would call a 'part-time' business I employ to fund my art practice. I have been involved in a number of start-ups, with mixed results. Given this, I am interested in your query given the following provisions: 1: I no longer do work for start-ups who wish me to work for them on a 'contingent' basis. Our studio has lost over $35,000 in possible earnings on labor and materials that could have been focused on our arts practice. Start-ups with solid venture capital who are willing to pay under our billing cycle for initial work are very welcome. 2: I do not, under any circumstances, wish to adopt any 'work at home' pyramid system seen on the net. I get 3-5 inquiries for these a day, and if I would have been interested, I would have employed one by now. 3: Our pricing begins at $50/hour for interactive design and web design, and increases to $75-125/hr for animation, programming, and back-end server work. Furthermore for international work, we would have to arrange the ability for bank transfers from your account to our business' for labor incurred. We operate on a 30-day billing cycle, with a monthly interest of 1.25% for late payment. Therefore, I applaud your contacting me, and thank you for the kind words. On the other hand, I believe that you should be aware of my company's focus and services before moving further. The practices I have adopted are a move to assure our survival over the past decade, and to continue in these uncertain times. I apologize if my approach is a little 'hard-baked', but I hope you will appreciate it as one that is forged from years of business experience. If you are still interested in working with my studio to attain your business goals, please let me know. Regards, Patrick Lichty Lichty Technological Arts Baton Rouge, Louisiana.