I built a $1m online passive income business from scratch and then closed it.

Tony Forcucci
9 min readNov 22, 2023
Photo by Trey Ratcliff of stuckincustoms.com

This is the story of a million dollar business idea I had in 2011, drew up on paper, found the right partner to help build it out technically, launched it, ran it for 10 years, and then shut it down in 2022.

Have you ever thought about what your perfect online business would be?

  • What elements it would have?
  • What it would look like?
  • What space it would be in?
  • How it would make money?
  • Who it would serve?

In 2011 I started to think about this and came up with an idea.

This is a behind-the-scenes business story of how we created and launched onehundredtables.com (now defunct) from scratch.

One Hundred Tables was the global online showcase of some of the best places to eat in the world.


In 2011 I was working for a company called MFG.com, an online marketplace for industrial buyers and suppliers from all over the world to connect and do business together.

The business model was simple and modeled after LendingTree.com but instead of having banks compete for your mortgage the idea was to let suppliers anywhere compete for your…



Tony Forcucci

I share travel, business, and rational thought stories from experiencing a lot of the world up close. tonyforcucci.com