Marketplaces

  • 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

  • Marketplaces Are Eating Firms Crunch Network

    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. Read More

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

    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 traffic to the listings they host, which is exactly what Boostable’s easy-peasy ad-buying tool does for marketplace sellers do. So the marketplaces do the legwork of recommending… Read More

  • TaskRabbit Debuts Revamped Platform, Launches New Website And Mobile Apps

    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 tailored matchmaking marketplace that pairs task-requesting users with contractors (or, as they’ll be called now, “clients” and “taskers,” respectively) for fixed… Read More

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

    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 could see the company start to raise its profile more among ordinary consumers. It is launching 11Main, its first online storefront in the U.S. Designed with a slick, tile-style… Read More

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

    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, broke Google Glasses and demanded billions in compensation in front of tech executives homes. Nationally, we have seen the frustration of millions across the country through the Tea Party and Occupy… Read More

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

    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. Brit + Co., Brit Morin’s online community and content platform focused on the DIY and maker movement, has dabbled in e-commerce through subscription craft kits and an… Read More

  • Etsy Acquires Gadget Marketplace Grand St.

    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 Fortune) where Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson explained the two companies’ overlapping vision. He says both were focused on the way “making was changing,” in a time… Read More

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

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

    Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based incubator founded by the Samwer brothers with a number of notable exits and fundings under its belt, is branching further into Asia, and specifically emerging markets. It’s partnering with Ooredoo, the main carrier in Qatar and formerly known as QTel, in a new joint venture called Asia Internet Holding to build and fund e-commerce startups, especially… Read More

  • A Networking Protocol For Labor

    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 HTTP, SMTP and Bitcoin that codified how such data should move to accomplish our tasks. Read More