It was exactly one year ago today (give or take a couple weeks) that DealAngel was born at the DEMO Conference in Santa Clara, CA. It was a ‘cesarean’. At our natural perfectionist pace DealAngel would still be in the test server ‘womb’ today, so an induced ‘birth’ at a major event was required.
After some tense moments backstage (“remember to breathe!”), it was time for the delivery. Roman did his victory salute already before the ‘labor’ even started. Luckily, it did turn out to be a success; A site was born!
Lots has happened since then. Some very good press, some very welcome funding, and a place in Techstars, a tech accelerator for baby start-ups based in bucolic (but never colicky) Boulder, CO. Not everything has gone as planned, mind you. For example, our mobile app is still ‘embryonic’. The lack of a mobile app has elicited some comments along the lines of: “Geez, already X months old and you still don’t have an app? Doessomethingsuperrad.com already had a mobile app from birth.” We have asked ourselves many times: “Are we doing something wrong? Maybe we should see a child site-chiatrist”.
But overall, things have gone great. DealAngel already shows the ability to share, with the launch of our API a few months ago. And we also see some early signs of fortune telling skills, with the addition of Trending and Alerts. Not bad for a 1-yr-old. The allergy to hotel rip-offs is still there, in fact, it has gotten worse. But we’re not concerned at all. We’ve heard of many worse illnesses for young hotel sites, like display-ad-ophilia, or a severe case of grossly inflated savings claims. Awful.
OK, enough talk about our child. And we’ll spare you the endless baby pictures. But please visit our little angel soon and see how its grown. It’ll make the parents proud.