Of the satisfactions he has had so far from ownership of HOTorNOT, Andreev said that among the greatest was getting a personal, congratulatory phone call from James Hong, right after Andreev’s purchase of the site had been announced. “It was a two-hour conversation,” Andreev said. “James said he believed the site was now in the right hands. He shared with me all his ideas.”
Hong, who, since selling HOTorNOT in 2008, has maintained no relationship with the company, recalled the conversation a little differently.
“These facts I can confirm,” he told ABC News: “I did contact Andrey after he bought it, to congratulate him.” And yes, the they talked for about two hours. But no, he said, “I did not 'give him all my ideas.'”