Sometime around last month I thought I’d use of the domains lying idle in my basket, to scratch a personal itch. So DealsForGeeks was born as I teamed up with my wife to take the idea for a spin and see how things turn out.
It seems people did like the idea, and that got my brain cells going.
We received positive feedback on Twitter and Facebook. We weren’t alone when it came to hunting and sharing decent deals on the web, especially the ones we geeks love. As a result, DealsForGeeks turned profitable on day one.
The word profitable isn’t a lot tricky here because the project didn’t involve a lot of investment. At least not initially. It was more about breaking even in terms of the cost of the domain name and hosting.
Moreover we’re sharing a lot of deals where we don’t even have any affiliate hook-ups with the sellers. While that may happen eventually, we don’t want to miss out on sharing a decent deal if we think users could use them. We’ll continue doing that no matter what.
While there are an awful number of websites that do the same thing, we’re keeping DealsForGeeks different in the way it works — from handpicked deals to finding strings attached to a specific deal, we have you covered. Let’s just say we won’t list something we wouldn’t buy ourselves.
Having said that we’ve pretty much given away what we made initially in the form of a small giveaway. We used it to get some feedback that would help shape our product in the near future.
So where does it go from here? We’ve got a pretty solid pipeline — a complete redesign, partnerships with e-commerce companies (whoa!), mobile apps, better notification systems, and moreover better deals. We’re going to take baby steps, but we’re going to get there.
I’m a sucker for deals. I’ve been a big fan of e-commerce ever since I first came to know about the concept. Back in the days I used to setup simple e-commerce stores as a freelancer. I wished one day we’ll have decent online stores in India. And then it started raining online-stores.
We went from a few to a few too many online stores in India. Almost every chunnu-munnu is now selling something or the other online. And why not? It’s a great medium. Customers, like me, love it. Sellers, well to an extent, love to sell online too.
And here comes the problem.
At any point of time I’m looking for decent deals on the web. There are things I’d buy at full price if I needed them right away but then there are things I’d put off because I would like to wait for a decent deal. Or in other words things I’d buy only if they were discounted.
So I thought why not share those deals with everyone else. That’s when DealsForGeeks was born. For now it looks like an ugly baby but in the coming few weeks I’ll be working on a custom WordPress theme. For now it’s more about finding and sharing great deals, especially ones that fellow geeks would really want to use.
In the long term I honestly don’t know where this will go. It’s more of a personal itch than a real product. But I do have some crazy ideas in my mind on where I’d love to see this go.
Without an iota of doubt this has to be the best ad of the year. Samsung’s ad agency has done an amazing job of painting a rosy picture of how terribly annoying a smartwatch user can be. There are going to be Tumblrs, parody Twitter accounts, blogs and what not on the whole douchebag-with-a-smartwatch accessory phenomenon now.
They have spoilt whatever little hope a guy had to impress a lady with a high-end gadget of the future. Heck, I don’t even want to buy one now. No matter if it’s from Apple, Samsung or any local chunnu-munnu-bittoo.
Who wants to buy music? Ask that question in a class full of 16-18 year olds, then ask the same question to your colleagues in the office, and then to a social gathering at your home filled with people from all ages – you’d be surprised at the answers you’ll get in all these different situations.
Everyone loves music. That’s a universal piece of entertainment that is loved and appreciated by people from all walks of life. It’s just that your taste in music may change over a period of time, but you will still consume music in some form or the other. Your devices may change, become better but they will still play the music that you like.
Quite a story here. It almost looks like this guy was inspired by the popular TV series Breaking Bad. But I doubt if he’s seen a single episode. The nexus seems pretty strong involving sports stars, top Punjab politicians, cops, NRIs and folks who cannot be named.
The modus operandi seems quite impressive too. Synthetic drugs like methamphetamine produced and then distributed through a tight network regulated and blessed by the very people who were supposed to keep these criminals behind bars.
The Indian Walter White is the former wrestler turned cop turned drug lord — Jagdish Bhola — currently arrested and a police case filed against him. Cops maintain that he wanted to invest the money earned from selling drugs in Bollywood and hotels. Probably even produce the Indian, if not the Punjabi, edition of Breaking Bad some day.
The drugs situation in Punjab is a well known fact. And it is really, really terrible right now. It’ll take more than one Jagdish Bhola behind bars to expose the entire network. Some folks involved wouldn’t even be arrested anytime soon.
Suddenly, a TV show on the same subject seemed so cool. But in the real world, it’s a very difficult thing to imagine.