Founder of Couchsurfing International
Fenton created the online social hospitality network, the Couchsurfing Project which he began working on in 1999. The idea came after finding a flight from Boston to IcelandIceland. He hacked into the University of Iceland's student directory, then sent emails to 1,500 students asking them if he can stay with them instead of sleeping in a youth hostel. Fenton got "about 50 to 100 responses". among whom was a "socialite and a nationally known R. & B. star." In the flight back to Boston, he began to build the CouchSurfing project. In early 2003, he launched the CouchSurfing site.