Where It All Began
In 2009, lifelong friends, Matthew Brooks and Jason Haloossim, combined their web development experience to create the ultimate directory website. The first idea was to create a directory website to find interior designers… and build an empire around it.
But… There Was One Catch
In 2009, only a few options existed that would allow us to create the directory website of our dreams. The available solutions did not (and still do not) include basic features to rapidly launch and easily manage member directory websites.
Only two options remained:
- Experiment with unreliable themes and plugins
- Or invest in expensive and complex custom development
However, as young entrepreneurs with virtually no budget, we were forced to reject those options and move forward by creating our own directory software.
While still working daytime jobs, we began investing sleepless nights into creating our own directory website platform. In a year’s time we had developed a robust solution that not only allowed us to build out our original idea, but also enabled us to launch infinite directory website possibilities from a single command center.
By 2010, we had launched over 250 directory websites using the platform we developed from the ground up.
Growing the Dream
It quickly became clear that we were not the only ones looking for a better member directory software – there needed to be an option to support the needs of both start-ups and established organizations.
Our custom platform worked so well that we decided to pivot our business away from the interior designer directory and toward fixing the glaring hole in the directory software market.
Later in 2010, we made the decision to finally quit our daytime jobs and moved into an apartment together in Marina Del Rey, California. There, we founded Brilliant Directories.
How Far We’ve Come
With a shared vision, the Brilliant Directories team has spearheaded a first-class directory website solution with a focus on saving people time and money compared to traditional web development.
Today, Brilliant Directories is still led by the original passion and commitment that we ran with back in 2009.
Over 20,000 websites are now hosted and powered by the Brilliant Directories platform and millions of members have joined those directory websites.
It’s All About Your Success!
With thousands upon thousands of users worldwide, the BD Tribe is a truly global community. From web agencies and freelancers to hobbyists and enterprise-level organizations… companies of all sizes have found their home with Brilliant Directories.
Our mission and focus is to provide you with the best solution to power your directory website and online business. Part of what makes the BD platform unique is user-feedback that we continually use to improve.
If you’re thinking about starting a directory website, we hope you join the BD family and look forward to seeing your idea online.