30 April 2017
Minfind is owned jointly by Jolyon Ralph, the founder of mindat.org and Jacques Vandenberg, the founder of MineralDesk.
Jolyon started minfind.com in 2009 with an initial setup fee of $500, which at that time entailed crawling dealer sites to build content on MINFIND. It later became apparent that changes to individual dealership web-sites broke the crawling code and dealers were progressively moved over to a more accurate CSV file synchronization system.
Jacques is responsible for MineralDesk, the worlds most advanced desktop cataloging system for minerals, coupled with eCommerce software. MineralDesk is actively used by over 1000 collectors world-wide and offers unsurpassed functionality to both collectors and dealers alike. MineralDesk is free for private use.
Today, over 30 dealers synchronize their web-sites to MINFIND, giving the collector instant access to the best the web has to offer, allowing them to search, browse and compare mineral specimens from various dealers, to find the best deal in terms of price, size and aesthetics.