Marketplaces

  • Stripe Connect provides new tools for multi-sided marketplaces

    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 will enable new marketplace categories and help companies sign up and onboard sellers and service providers to their platforms. Read More

  • App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017

    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 and Android, downloads grew by 15 percent year-over-year to reach nearly 25 billion worldwide – a figure that includes only new downloads, and not re-installs or downloads from prior… Read More

  • Simbi raises $1.2 million to make bartering services easy online

    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 invested in the round along with Y Combinator. The company is part of Y Combinator’s current batch. Founder and CEO Kjerstin “KJ” Erickson said her five-person team intends to… Read More

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

    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 selling enterprise services in the cloud: it has acquired Orbitera, a startup that developed a platform for buying and selling cloud-based software. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but… Read More

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

    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-based “concierge” service that will send brides and grooms a list of vetted wedding vendors that match the couple’s budget, needs and who have availability for the wedding date… Read More

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

    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, I had the opportunity to check in with Tom to discuss macro-economics and the public markets and explore the wider implications of their effects on early stage startups. Read More

  • Perfecto Is A Marketplace For Bikes That Are Not Stolen

    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 becomes a larger trend in cities worldwide, the market for secondhand bikes is skyrocketing. Traditional marketplaces like Craigslist are exacerbating this problem, as there is no safeguards in place… Read More

  • Stripe’s New Product Helps Marketplaces Go Global More Quickly

    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 accept payments from anywhere in the world, and then ensure sellers and service providers get paid. Called Stripe Connect, the product will help speed up the time it takes a marketplace to expand in… Read More