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 About David R. Snell, Director 

  Founder David Snell has a long track record of dedicated consumer advocacy:

  • (2005 - Present) Director of, and the architect of most of its content and programming.

  • (2002 - 2005) Creator of the LiveDrive Initiative:  LiveDrive is an invention we hope will improve traffic safety and save thousands of lives every year.

  • (1998 - ) Founded the Internet design company Ark Royal Software, which operates pro-consumer sites at (a magazine price comparison site) and (a financial advice site -- and the precursor to

  • (1997-1998) Architect of the Gemini Project, which proposed to reduce obnoxious spam, telemarketing and junk mail and replace them with permission-based marketing.  This visionary proposal didn't garner sufficient support, but some of the ideas it describes have started to be implemented.

  • (1984 - 1997) Experienced computer programmer who founded Ark Royal Games and designed several computer games including Trivia Quest in 1984 and Adventurer-Kings, a play-by-mail game that attracted thousands of fans in the nineties from over a dozen countries.  (Okay, maybe designing games doesn't fit the definition of consumer advocacy... but it helped consumers have lots of fun!)

Other semi-interesting facts about David Snell:

  • Born in 1961 in Alaska on "Freedom Day", June 19 -- a holiday celebrating the ending of slavery in Confederate states after the Civil War
  • Alaska state junior chess champion, 1978
  • National Merit Scholar semifinalist, 1979
  • Attended Oregon State University 1979-1984, majoring in Computer Science
  • Leans toward a sort of libertarian populism, rather than any particular stripe of politics or religion
  • Currently living in Kirkland, Washington near Seattle

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2002 - LiveDrive

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1998 - Ark Royal Software

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1997 - Gemini Project

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1988 - Adventurer-Kings

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1984 - Trivia Quest

Dave Snell, 2007

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