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  • Lessons from Seoul’s Two Sharing Economies Crunch Network

    Lessons from Seoul’s Two Sharing Economies

    As a Fulbright grantee, I spent part of the last year researching the sharing economy in Seoul. One of my main findings? Korea actually has two. The first is small-scale, hyper local and socialist in flavor. The second is the polar opposite of the first, and encompasses Airbnb and Uber, the enormous, multinational corporations that remain those best associated with the term “sharing… Read More

  • Anchors Away And Shiver Me Timbers! Antlos Puts You And And Your Friends On A Boat

    Anchors Away And Shiver Me Timbers! Antlos Puts You And And Your Friends On A Boat

    Yachting has an image problem. When you think of big old sailboats you mostly imagine rich leathery men in boat shoes who smoke big cigars and try to hit rare pink dolphins in the head with with their keel. Antlos, a new boat and skipper hiring service, aims to change that. Read More

  • Luxury Consignment Site The RealReal Adds $40 Million In New Funding

    Luxury Consignment Site The RealReal Adds $40 Million In New Funding

    Online luxury consignment site The RealReal announced this morning its largest round of financing to date with news that it has closed on $40 million in Series D funding, as the company is poised to double its $100 million in annual revenue in 2015. The round was led by Industry Ventures and included participation from new investors Greycroft Growth, e.ventures Growth, and DBL… Read More

  • WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

    WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

    WeFinance, launching today, is the latest startup to use a combination of technology and crowdfunding in order to offer borrowers lower interest rates on loans, while reducing lenders’ risk. The new peer-to-peer lending platform operates something like a Kickstarter for personal loans – largely those in the range of $10,000 to $20,000, and many of which are being used to help… Read More

  • Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure Crunch Network

    Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure

    During April, the nation will observe Financial Literacy Month – meaning it’s time to revisit the diverging roads to funding early-stage startups. The rise of non-traditional routes for raising capital, such as Kickstarter, has catalyzed a much-needed renaissance in funding options for entrepreneurs. With the passing of the JOBS Act, entrepreneurs have a bevy of new opportunities… Read More

  • Ventoura App Combines P2P Guiding And Traveler Matching

    Ventoura App Combines P2P Guiding And Traveler Matching

    Meet Ventoura: the latest startup seeking its fortune by building a peer-to-peer platform. This one is playing in the travel space, and has just launched an app where travelers can connect with others headed to the same destination so they have some drinking buddies when they land — a la Tinder Passport. Read More

  • Balanced To Close Its Payment Platform, Strikes Transition Deal With Rival Stripe

    Balanced To Close Its Payment Platform, Strikes Transition Deal With Rival Stripe

    The march of consolidation in the world of e-commerce has claimed its latest victim. Balanced, a payments platform for peer-to-peer marketplace businesses, is closing its doors after failing to grow fast enough, or as co-founder Matin Tamizi describes it, “reach the escape velocity necessary to be a large, innovative, independent player in the payments space.” The company… Read More

  • Cirqle Debuts A Photo-Sharing App For Groups That Works Offline

    Cirqle Debuts A Photo-Sharing App For Groups That Works Offline

    A mobile application called Cirqle – no, not that Circle or that one either – launched last year as a way for users to share and collaborate on photo and video collections in groups, both public and private. Now Cirqle is rolling out version 2.0 on Thursday, which introduces an interesting new feature: offline mode. That means users can now share and collaborate on photo sets… Read More

  • Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out Crunch Network

    Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

    Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay Our Comrade The Electron, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, or you struggle to read English, please at least read its angry rant… Read More

  • Amazon Wants To Include Peer-to-Peer Payments In Its “Real World” PayPal Competitor

    Amazon Wants To Include Peer-to-Peer Payments In Its “Real World” PayPal Competitor

    Earlier today, the WSJ published a report on how Amazon is building a Kindle-based point-of-sale payments service for local merchants using technology it picked up via its Gopago acquisition –something we actually reported on back in December. In fact, this looks like just part of what Amazon has in mind. The e-commerce giant is also developing a solution for person-to-person… Read More

  • Ribbon Takes On Square Cash, PayPal & Others With A Peer-To-Peer Payments Service That Lets You Send Money For Free

    Ribbon Takes On Square Cash, PayPal & Others With A Peer-To-Peer Payments Service That Lets You Send Money For Free

    Payment company Ribbon, which to date has offered a merchant-facing tool that allows its users to set up a quick-and-easy checkout page on their own sites or share checkout links via social media, is today getting into the business of peer-to-peer payments, too. We first spotted this service while in development last November, when the company had put up a website teasing its forthcoming… Read More