Tim Jackson has had a colorful career. He is a former journalist (Financial Times, Independent, Economist and Red Herring) and was the managing director of the $700 million Carlyle Internet Partners Europe Fund. He founded QXL in 1997, a UK-based eBay-like online auction site that went public in 1999 at a valuation of around $400 million. And he’s also written three books. In other words, he seems… → Read More
We’ve been covering Boston-based Swaptree since mid 2006. The company, which is creating a network of users who swap books, CDs, DVDs and video games, just raised a third round of financing – $3.3 million from Safeguard Scientifics. The total raised over three rounds is now $5.6 million.
To create a trade the company finds up to four users who have and want items that form a match. Then everyone… → Read More
I just posted on the Swaptree private beta and upcoming launch. You can actually join right now, and there are no limits on signups. Just go to swaptree.com/techcrunch.htm and follow the instructions. Let me know what you think. → Read More
I was sure trading site Swaptree had been abandoned. After a flurry of press about them over a year ago, they went very quiet. Potential investors told me they’d just stopped returning calls completely. My own emails went unanswered as well. They had the smell of death about them. But it wasn’t so. It turns out Swaptree had merely gone quiet and was focused on building out the product. → Read More
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a somewhat negative post about an unlaunched startup in Boston called Swaptree. Ouriel wrote a follow up post comparing Swaptree (unfavorably) to a French service called SplitGames. Since that time I’ve had a chance to talk at length with Swaptree founder and CEO Greg Boesel about some of the perceived shortcomings of the service that I pointed out. That… → Read More
Following Mike’s analysis on Swaptree I have compared it with SplitGames , a French company that is also playing in the courtyard of product trading community but that is playing by different rules. In my view, more relevant. The service is available in French only for now. SplitGames is only is focusing on videogames. This category is probably the most relevant for product trading if you… → Read More
The model behind new startup Swaptree, which will launch later this summer, is to allow people to trade media – books, music, dvds and videogames – directly with other users. As Rafe Needleman notes, here are other services out there that offer this – lala.com for music and peerflix for dvds. But those sites are specific to music (Lala) or DVDs (peerflix), and both charge users a… → Read More