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Business News (more headlines) 09-27-2019

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! DISKERY TURNS 20!

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Website: http://www.diskery.com
In an International ad campaign the Diskery website called out for people to join in a 20th anniversary celebration. On 21 September, 1999 Diskery came on-line with a mere 43 artists in its archive; today it boasts thousands, and is listed in the top 5 Rock music archives on the Internet and one of the oldest. The site has morphed and evolved over the past 20 years but remained true to its mission statement, "To collect and preserve rock music in all its forms, chronicle and celebrate its history, and promote those who seek to continue its legacy." Diskery is privately owned and financed. The web site has always been free to the general public to visit.

Back in 1997, Derek McDonald was frustrated on how difficult it was to find information on the bands he loved. He was also frustrated on how little promotion access bands, at the time, had. Inspired by the many discography archive books being passed around at the time, and with a strong programming/database background he set about to build an archive site that, unlike a book, would change as the information did. On September 21, 1999 he launched Diskery.com. Remember: this was just over 1 year after Google, before Wikipedia, or any social media site.

At the time, Diskery stood almost alone. Today, there are many people repeating the same 'trick' and have even built bigger systems. Diskery, however, has remained true to its scope, delivered quality, stayed technologically relevant, and, in the words of Derek McDonald himself, "just a plain old fashioned good read!"

Oh, and some trivia: Where did the name Diskery come from? It's an old early 20th century term for "Record Factory", Derek discovered the name from a trivia question on the American TV game show Jeopardy!

Here's to 20 years... maybe there be at least 20 more!!!

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