"I usually accomplish everything in the first hour," he says, before pausing for a moment to think this over.
Frind drops his bag and plops himself down in front of one of them. There's a 0,000 order waiting for his signature.
While he is doing this, he carps about Canada's high income taxes, a serious problem considering that Plenty of Fish is on track to book revenue of million for 2008, with profit margins in excess of 50 percent. "Most of the time, I just sit on my ass and watch it." There's so little to do that he and his girlfriend, Annie Kanciar, spent the better part of last summer sunning themselves on the French Riviera.
Then, six minutes 38 seconds after beginning his workday, Frind closes his Web browser and announces, "All done."All done? Frind would log on at night, spend a minute or two making sure there were no serious error messages, and then go back to sipping expensive wine.
Quiet, soft-featured, and ordinary looking, he is the kind of person who can get lost in a roomful of people and who seems to take up less space than his large frame would suggest.
Those who know Frind describe him as introverted, smart, and a little awkward.
"Markus is one of those engineers who is just more comfortable sitting in front of a computer than he is talking to someone face to face," says Noel Biderman, the co-founder of Avid Life Media, a Toronto-based company that owns several dating sites.