• Listia Isn’t Just For Swapping Free Stuff Anymore

    Listia Isn’t Just For Swapping Free Stuff Anymore

    Listia started out as a way for people to swap free stuff, but now its users can actually make money. The new feature takes advantage of Listia’s existing system, where users give away their stuff in exchange for credits. Those credits, in turn, can be redeemed for other products on the marketplace, or for goods available through the Listia Rewards Program. Want to just take cash instead? Read More

  • Listia, A Used Goods Marketplace, Raises $9M To Attack Mobile

    Listia, A Used Goods Marketplace, Raises $9M To Attack Mobile

    In addition to the free goods that can be purchased on the peer-to-peer marketplace, Listia has been working to make itself an even more compelling shopping destination with the launch of a rewards store earlier this year. Listia originally partnered with Best Buy to provide inventory for the rewards store, which lets users put credit they’ve earned through selling to others toward… Read More

  • Listia Partners With Best Buy To Let You Trade Old Stuff For New Electronics

    Listia Partners With Best Buy To Let You Trade Old Stuff For New Electronics

    It’s getting more tempting to give away used goods on Listia, the marketplace startup backed by Y Combinator and Andreessen Horowitz (among others), thanks to a new partnership with Best Buy. When you give away “old stuff” on Listia, you earn points, which can be redeemed for items that other users are giving away, as well as new goods offered through the company’s… Read More

  • The P2P Evolution

    The P2P Evolution

    Many years ago, after graduating college, I came home before moving to NYC, wondering how I would scrounge together the money for the first month’s rent and security deposit so my friends and I could all live together in the Big Apple. I had one month to get the cash, and instead of going out for traditional, hourly-wage work, I decided to go through all of my old stuff and throw it on eBay. Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Leads $1.75M Round In Freebie Marketplace Listia

    Listia, a marketplace for free stuff, has raised $1.75 million in funding from an impressive roster of investors and angels. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from SV Angel, Founder Collective, High Line Venture Partners, Max Levchin, Naval Ravikant, Alex Zubillaga, James Hong and others. Listia previously raised $400K in angel funding. Y Combinator-incubated… Read More

  • Freebie Startup Listia Now Helps Businesses Hold Give-Aways

    Everybody loves free stuff. And, believe it or not, plenty of businesses love giving it away — freebies can help raise awareness of a company and increase customer loyalty. Thing is, it isn’t always so easy for a business to give something away — at least, not in a manner that’s going to result in much exposure. Listia, the startup that specializes in helping connect… Read More

  • Listia Gets An Angel Round To Help People Give/Get Free Stuff

    Listia, which launched just two months ago, is one of those startups that has grabbed my attention. And apparently investors like it, too. The company as raised a $400,000 angel round of financing from Implistic Capital. Partner Adam Pearsall has joined the Listia board of directors. Listia provides a better way for people to give stuff away. People often list free things on Craigslist or… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Elite Flock To Y Combinator Demo Day

    I’m here at Y Combinator’s Demo Day, where the latest batch of the incubator program’s startups are showing off the fruits of their labor to a room of press and VCs from around Silicon Valley. The turnout today is huge — VCs representing billions of dollars in managed funds are here, with investors from US Venture Partners, XG Ventures, Founder’s Fund… Read More

  • Freenapkin Claims Ownership Over Idea Of Giving Junk Away

    Yesterday I wrote about new startup Listia, which has an innovative way to help people give and get free stuff that works better than Craigslist. The idea is that you use “credits” to bid on items, which helps the giver by auto-selecting the winner and getting the item to the person who values it the most. I’m using the service, for example, to give away a used Nokia N95 phone. Read More

  • Listia Is An Awesome Way To Give And Get Free Stuff

    New Y Combinator funded startup Listia launched this morning, and I already love it. It’s a really smart way to give stuff away for free. We tend to give away a lot of the random stuff people send us at TechCrunch. Some of it is trivial – stickers, tshirts, etc. But sometimes it’s decent electronic stuff – we get a lot of iPod touches with demo apps to review, for… Read More