Marketplaces

YapStone is raising $100M to take on PayPal, Stripe in marketplace payments, nabs $71M so far

While a part of the fintech world remains abuzz with crypo-talk, a startup that’s built a business around the more traditional world of payments has raised a significant round of funding as it v

Letgo takes on Craigslist with addition of housing listings

Everyone wants to be the Craigslist killer. In November, Facebook expanded its Marketplace section to include partners' housing rentals alongside secondhand merchandise, and today the No. 3 three shop

Stripe Connect provides new tools for multi-sided marketplaces

Two years ago payments startup Stripe launched a new product called Stripe Connect to serve a growing number of marketplace customers. Today the company is launching a new set of capabilities that wil

App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017

Mobile applications saw a record number of downloads and revenue in the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from app store analytics firm App Annie out this morning. Across both iOS a

Simbi raises $1.2 million to make bartering services easy online

A startup called Simbi has raised $1.2 million in seed funding to popularize its marketplace where people can barter skills and services online. Greylock Discovery fund, Crunchfund and Ranch Ventures

Google buys Orbitera, a platform for cloud marketplaces, for $100M+

Google today announced another acquisition that will help the company improve how it competes against Amazon’s AWS, Salesforce and Microsoft in the area of enterprise services, and specifically

Loverly raises $2 million more to put a wedding planner in your pocket

A new service from the online wedding inspiration startup Loverly wants to put the capabilities of a wedding planner right in your pocket. Officially launching today, Loverly is unveiling a new chat-b

King of SaaS, Tom Tunguz on the perfect time for investing and the impact of late stage investors

When it comes to SaaS there are very few as seasoned and wise as Tom Tunguz, a Partner at Redpoint and author of his own wildly successful blog. Last week following volatility in global stock markets,

How To Expand Your Marketplace To LA

“The theme of LA is diversity.” That is what DoorDash’s Kevin Huang told me in our conversation about how expanding on-demand marketplaces into LA differs from other markets. As an LA-based e

Perfecto Is A Marketplace For Bikes That Are Not Stolen

Launched last month, Perfecto is a bike marketplace that verifies buyers, sellers, and bicycles, essentially eradicates the potential of stolen bikes being sold as legit ones. As bicycle commutes bec

Stripe’s New Product Helps Marketplaces Go Global More Quickly

Payments company Stripe is today unveiling a new product designed to help marketplaces like Lyft or Kickstarter scale internationally, by offering a suite of tools that allow businesses like these to

Marketplaces Are Eating Firms

If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one of the agents of destruction. Marketplaces are eating every type of firm on the planet. Let’s look at where the feasting is happening.

Boostable Gets $3.2M, Its Ads Get More Sales For Your Event, Crowdfund, Or Online Store

Boostable doesn’t have to sell its ads. Marketplaces sell them for it. Ticket, crowdfunding, and ecommerce marketplaces make money when their users sell things, so they’re incentivized to route tr

TaskRabbit Debuts Revamped Platform, Launches New Website And Mobile Apps

Last month, errands marketplace TaskRabbit announced plans to shake up its business model, shifting away from the auction- and negotiation-based platform that it founded five years ago to a more tailo

Ahead Of Its IPO, Alibaba Opens 11Main, Its First U.S. Online Marketplace

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba is gearing up for what will likely be a record-breaking IPO on the NYSE later this year, and ahead of that it is making another kind of splash in the U.S. market that

As Software Eats Up Jobs, Startups Need To Consider Ethics Of Marketplaces

Anger can be a deeply chilling emotion when coursing through politics, and we have witnessed our fair share of it over the past few years. In San Francisco, we watched as protesters blocked buses, bro

Brit + Co. Doubles Down On E-Commerce, Launches Etsy-Like Marketplace For Makers

There's no shortage of e-commerce companies betting on content as a way to engage with consumers and increase transactions. And we're also starting to see content companies turn on e-commerce as well.

Etsy Acquires Gadget Marketplace Grand St.

Grand St., a service once described as an Etsy for electronics, is now actually a part of Etsy, the companies confirm. The deal was announced today on Grand St.'s official blog and on Etsy's site (via

Rocket Internet Partners With Qatar’s Ooredoo In New Fund For Asian E-Commerce Startups

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.rocket-internet.de">Rocket Internet</a>, the Berlin-based incubator founded by the Samwer brothers with a number of notable exits and fundings under its belt, is br

A Networking Protocol For Labor

The core advancement of the Internet was the capability to move information very quickly across a decentralized network of nodes. That advancement was predicated on the development of protocols like H
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