marketplace

  • Mobile’s Hidden Opportunity: Marketplaces

    Mobile’s Hidden Opportunity: Marketplaces

    Editor’s note: Matt Cohler is a General Partner at Benchmark Capital. He’s responsible for identifying investment opportunities in Internet-related companies in addition to working closely with companies across the firm’s portfolio. You can follow him on Twitter here.  Building and controlling a marketplace is hard. Marketplaces consist of two sides: supply (sellers)… Read More

  • If You Can Think It, You Can Buy It: Makeably Debuts A Marketplace For Custom-Made Goods

    If You Can Think It, You Can Buy It: Makeably Debuts A Marketplace For Custom-Made Goods

    Love Etsy, but looking for something even more unique? Makeably, a new marketplace for custom-made goods, can help. The site, founded by two ex-Googlers and longtime friends, Ryan Hayward and Anastasia Leng, has just launched into beta, offering makers a new way to manage their custom work requests online – a process which, today, is largely handled via email. On the site, buyers… Read More

  • 99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer

    99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer

    99designs, the polarizing crowdsourced design marketplace, announced its first acquisition tonight, as the Accel-backed startup scooped up its European rival, 12designer, for an undisclosed amount. In the near-term, 12designer will continue to operate as a standalone site. Since raising $35 million from Accel, 99designs has been focused on international growth, said Patrick Llewellyn, the… Read More

  • Rakuten-Owned Buy.com CEO Neel Grover, COO Greg Giraudi Step Down [Memo]

    Rakuten-Owned Buy.com CEO Neel Grover, COO Greg Giraudi Step Down [Memo]

    A changing of the guard at Buy.com, which was bought by Japan’s Rakuten in May 2010. Long-serving executives CEO/president Neel Grover and COO Greg Giraudi are stepping down from their roles, effective September 1. Grover had been instrumental behind the sale of the e-commerce site to the Japanese giant for $250 million. The memo does not make clear why the pair are leaving, but it… Read More

  • After Ditching Auctions, Mobile Marketplace EggDrop Hits Half A Million Downloads

    After Ditching Auctions, Mobile Marketplace EggDrop Hits Half A Million Downloads

    EggDrop, essentially a mobile app alternative to Craigslist, is starting to pick up steam. The company now boasts half a million downloads of its app on iOS and Android, with $8 million in listings from across the 50 U.S. states and the U.K. (EggDrop’s top two markets). The app originally launched last June, backed by $1 million in funding in a round led by BlueRun Ventures and SV Angel. Read More

  • Bored This Weekend? LifeCrowd Launches A Marketplace For Social Activities

    Bored This Weekend? LifeCrowd Launches A Marketplace For Social Activities

    LifeCrowd, the first startup to emerge from the newly-formed TechStars Network member MuckerLab based in L.A., is today launching its marketplace for social activities into public beta. The company, which aims to provide a curated selection of quality events, happenings, classes and outings, is available now for users in San Francisco, San Diego, and all of Orange County, Calif., as well as in… Read More

  • “Etsy For Eco” Ethical Community Raises $300,000+ In Seed Funding

    “Etsy For Eco” Ethical Community Raises $300,000+ In Seed Funding

    Ethical Community, an online, eco-friendly marketplace (which has plans for a snazzier name in the works!), has secured a £200,000 ($316,640 USD) round of seed funding from a syndicate of angel investors, the company is announcing today. Founded in 2009, the marketplace has signed up over 850 sellers from around the world, who have now listed over 7,000 eco-friendly, organic and natural… Read More

  • Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps

    Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps

    Remember the news from earlier this week about a mobile app developer who turned to eBay to unload his underperforming iOS app? (Update: the app is now up to $15,100+!) Well, there will soon be an alternative to eBay auctions for other developers looking to do the same.  A new marketplace called Apptopia will launch in February, allowing developers to sell their mobile apps, source code… Read More

  • Mashape, The Etsy Of Cloud Services, Goes Beta; Lets You Monetize Your APIs In A Click

    Mashape has a somewhat unusual backstory: The Italian startup spent two years looking for funding in its home country, only to be rebuffed at every turn. So, in 2009, it moved operations to Silicon Valley. The team found funding in less than three weeks. Granted, it was $100K, but it was enough to begin building a real service. Persistence, it seems, is key. (It also helps to have a great idea… Read More

  • Microsoft not paying WP7 developers before Feb 2011


    Oh no, Microsoft! This is not a good move. It appears that developers selling apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace won’t get paid for peddling their wares until February 2011. Now, given that the smartphone wars are largely decided by the available apps on any one platform, it isn’t a great move to defer payments to those developers that will define your platform —… Read More

  • Google provides peek at Android marketplace, doesn't spill release date

    Google trickled out some screenshots from the upcoming refresh to the Android marketplace today. They are responding to complaints that the experience is unwieldy to users, and adding subcategories and regional options. While we know that this will be version 1.6 of the marketplace, there’s no word on exactly when it’s going to be released. See the video after the jump. Read More