Congrats guys, rock on!
I'm sure they're aware, but for others here: decide.com does a fantastic job at price predicting products, and is founded by the same person behind the price prediction algorithm purchased by Bing ("Farecast") and he is also a tenured professor at the University of Washington specializing in machine learning. Pretty steep competition both from an engineering and business standpoint.
see here: http://priceonomics.com/phones/apple/iphone-3gs/
While decide.com give me a .99 cent option and no other real value ideas of that phone
(I tried amplifiers because I was curious to compare data with a toy site (500 lines of haskell for crawler+site) I built for audio equipment price trends: http://kruipen.com)
Priceonomics really impressed me when it was able to price a Leica M4P and a set of P90 pickups. Decide had neither in their system.
We raised $1.5 million in 10 days and pretty much the whole time we didn’t feel very good.
Ten days? Didn't feel very good? That's fundraising? Wow. What can I even say to that? Congrats guys.
Admittedly, searching for "car" is vague, but this is just too funny of a result to not share :-)
You can manually override if you want to, but if it's not doing it by default that's a bug.
Hitting the search button with the mouse also bypasses it entirely, no matter how long you wait, as does hitting tab then space or enter to activate the search button.
Feel free to email me directly anytime: michael [at] priceonomics [dot] com.
From this perspective, comparison shopping may focus
consumers' attention on differences between available options, leading them to overestimate the hedonic impact of selecting a more versus less desirable option. To the extent that the process of comparison shopping focuses attention on hedonically irrelevant attributes, comparison shopping may even lead people to choose a less desirable option over a more desirable option.
Pricenomics helps you get the best/fair price for an existing thing you were already going to buy. It is purely about making a more informed decision about one item, not comparing between somewhat different products and making the wrong decision.
(Click the search bar to execute the code)
Just another hint: Your elasticsearch server is public accessible. Maybe you want to fix this too.
But I think this is the last one ;-)
What are you typing in? If you enter "priceonomics" (no quotes) it should redirect to /priceless.
It's about-time for more transparency in the medical world.
You're doing the Lord's work.
The other reason why I am skeptical is that feels like startups these days are more focused on raising money than shipping product. Is the referenced blog post an example?
This is what I hear from this post: "hey, everyone! (waving hands) - we raised a round!"
I'd rather see: "hey, everyone! check out what we rolled out today!"
And If what you rolled out today is successful, innovative, generates net income, and is backed by 500 trillion in venture capital. Fantastic!
Otherwise, why should I be concerned that you got some people to invest in your idea?
And you know what? Raising money is worth celebrating. Funding is critical to helping entrepreneurs be successful.
They're basically saying "it doesn't matter that we got funding - our users don't care" (which they don't) but they also know this will raise their profile in terms of finding talented engineers.
The message being "we're hiring and investors believe in us - you should too".
I thought it was refreshing.