peer to peer

  • Billon Is Making It Easy To Pay Your Favorite Twitch Streamers

    Billon Is Making It Easy To Pay Your Favorite Twitch Streamers

    Peer-to-peer payments are a big thing these days. I pay you, you pay me, and never the banks shall touch your cash. Billon, a Polish fintech company, is doing their own flavor of P2P by connecting Twitch streamers and other content creators with an audience that can easily tip them using a seamless system of payment. Founded by Andrzej Horoszczak, Maciek Luczak, and Robert Kaluza, the company… Read More

  • MPAA Takes Down Pirating Group And Popcorn Time Fork

    MPAA Takes Down Pirating Group And Popcorn Time Fork

    There are corks popping around the MPAA offices today. The American trade organization is claiming responsibility for shutting down several pirating services including a popular version of Popcorn Time, you know, the Netflix for pirates. This comes after the MPAA obtained an injunction in a Canadian against three operators of PopcornTime.io, which forced the site and service offline. The MPAA… Read More

  • Getaround’s Revenue Has Doubled To “Tens Of Millions” In The Last Six Months

    Getaround’s Revenue Has Doubled To “Tens Of Millions” In The Last Six Months

    Getaround, the peer-to-peer car rental startup that launched on the Disrupt NY stage in 2011, recently hit revenues in the tens of millions of dollars, Jessica Scorpio told TechCrunch. And in the last six months, Getaround’s revenue has doubled. What’s helping drive this growth, Scorpio said, is the fact that Getaround is adding six times the number of new cars per week compared… Read More

  • Used Car Retailer, Shift, Raises $50 Million In Round Led By Goldman Sachs

    Used Car Retailer, Shift, Raises $50 Million In Round Led By Goldman Sachs

    With $50 million in new funding, the online used car marketplace Shift is hoping to drive off the stereotypes and outrace the stigma associated with buying used cars. Read More

  • PayPal Launches PayPal.Me, A Simpler Way To Request Money Using Your Own Personalized URL

    PayPal Launches PayPal.Me, A Simpler Way To Request Money Using Your Own Personalized URL

    PayPal today is launching a new take on peer-to-peer payments with the debut of a platform it’s calling PayPal.Me. For the first time, PayPal customers will be able to set up their own user profiles which are associated with a personalized URL (e.g. paypal.me/username), which can then be shared with others via text, over email, on instant messenger, via social media, or anywhere else, as… Read More

  • Crowdsourcing Dystopia Crunch Network

    Crowdsourcing Dystopia

    Violent extremism starts with an idea and an entrepreneur. On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you’re a team of heroic proportions, larger than life. Read More

  • Lessons from Seoul’s Two Sharing Economies Crunch Network

    Lessons from Seoul’s Two Sharing Economies

    As a Fulbright grantee, I spent part of the last year researching the sharing economy in Seoul. One of my main findings? Korea actually has two. The first is small-scale, hyper local and socialist in flavor. The second is the polar opposite of the first, and encompasses Airbnb and Uber, the enormous, multinational corporations that remain those best associated with the term “sharing… Read More

  • Anchors Away And Shiver Me Timbers! Antlos Puts You And And Your Friends On A Boat

    Anchors Away And Shiver Me Timbers! Antlos Puts You And And Your Friends On A Boat

    Yachting has an image problem. When you think of big old sailboats you mostly imagine rich leathery men in boat shoes who smoke big cigars and try to hit rare pink dolphins in the head with with their keel. Antlos, a new boat and skipper hiring service, aims to change that. Read More

  • Luxury Consignment Site The RealReal Adds $40 Million In New Funding

    Luxury Consignment Site The RealReal Adds $40 Million In New Funding

    Online luxury consignment site The RealReal announced this morning its largest round of financing to date with news that it has closed on $40 million in Series D funding, as the company is poised to double its $100 million in annual revenue in 2015. The round was led by Industry Ventures and included participation from new investors Greycroft Growth, e.ventures Growth, and DBL… Read More

  • WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

    WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

    WeFinance, launching today, is the latest startup to use a combination of technology and crowdfunding in order to offer borrowers lower interest rates on loans, while reducing lenders’ risk. The new peer-to-peer lending platform operates something like a Kickstarter for personal loans – largely those in the range of $10,000 to $20,000, and many of which are being used to help… Read More

  • Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure Crunch Network

    Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure

    During April, the nation will observe Financial Literacy Month – meaning it’s time to revisit the diverging roads to funding early-stage startups. The rise of non-traditional routes for raising capital, such as Kickstarter, has catalyzed a much-needed renaissance in funding options for entrepreneurs. With the passing of the JOBS Act, entrepreneurs have a bevy of new opportunities… Read More