Well it started in 2006 when I was out shopping for a TV to replace the big old CRT.
I walked into Harvey Norman with my kids in tow (after already checking in at Noel Leeming and Dick Smith), and headed over to the TV section, dragging my girls away from the toy guitars and PlayStation 2s.
Being at the third store now, shopping had gone from being unreasonable and tiring, to "screw this, I'm going home." I remember thinking "why can't this be easier?" as I looked over the range of LCD and plasma flatscreens that were less than $6,000 (remember, it was 2006).
I left the store exhausted and empty handed, and went home.
That night as I caught up with my wife, I brought up how awful shopping was with the kids chewing at my ankles. We ended up joking around about how it could be made easier.
The next morning I couldn't concentrate at work. Something had stuck from the night before. I mulled the ideas over with a pen and paper, put it in a drawer for another day.
Fast forward a couple of years to 2008, and I'm sitting across from good friend and would be co-founder Andrew Doole, talking about how one day we would like to own and run our own business.
I pulled out the piece of paper with my ideas for Pricemaker on it, and he looked me square in the face: "you have got to do this".
"OK" I said, "help me and we'll do it together".
So we did. We chipped in some cash to start off the bank account and registered Pricemaker Ltd with NZ Companies Office.
The years since then have been a blur of trial and error, apps and websites, research, talking with retailers, car dealers, and real estate agents, meeting great people and mentors, and overall: a whole lot of fun.
So I hope you enjoy what we're building – we're doing it to try and make everyone's life just a little bit easier.
— Erin Walshe, CEO and Co-Founder