I can hardly believe it, but DealNews is 20 years old. We've been around for the same number of years as South Park ("WhatwhatWHAT?") and Harry Potter.
When I look back at where DealNews started, I'm in awe of how far we've come. I started dealmac in 1997 with my friend since middle school, Richard Moss, and we had a pretty simple goal in mind: to find and share Mac deals with other Apple fanboys like us. We were excited to show the world that you didn't have to pay full price.
Since then, Apple has certainly changed, but in a way, DealNews hasn't. We still get just as excited to discover an awesome deal as we did 20 years ago. But now, our deal sleuthing has expanded beyond Apple, to include everything from PCs to TVs to shoes to blenders — and beyond.
Our team has grown, too. We span multiple time zones, with offices on two continents, and we've even raised dozens of dealbabies — including my two sons, one of whom just had to enter this world one week before Black Friday.
At the heart of it, there's one reason why we've become the company we are today — and that's the devoted support of our fellow deal-shoppers. Readers, you are the reason we made it to 20, and you're the reason we'll make it to 40 and beyond.
So in our 20th year, we want you all to see, in the very fiber of DealNews, how much we love what we do; how much we adore our readers; and how much we value your feedback and opinions. We want to take this relationship to the next level. And we need your help.
The best way to improve our site so that it better serves you is to get your input. We want to hear from you, now and throughout the year. Tell us what you like. Tell us what you don't like. And tell us what, in your wildest dreams, you'd like DealNews to become.
If you're on Twitter, you can message me directly at @degrandpre. You can also leave your thoughts on this article in the comment section below, or send us an email at email@example.com. And if you don't have anything to say now, no worries. We'll be making more requests for your feedback over the coming months as well.
Thank you for making this an amazing 20 years. We're committed to making DealNews your ultimate happy place, for another 20 years to come!
Dan de Grandpre