• TC Disrupt Graduate VideoGenie Is Seeing Early Success With Its Video Platform

    Launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY a couple of months ago, VideoGenie is on a roll, says founder and CEO Justin Nassiri. VideoGenie essentially aims to transform the way consumers and brands connect through video by making it super easy for marketers to collect, review and deploy unscripted video customer testimonials. Read More

  • BigDeal.com Reinvents And Legitimizes Swoopo's Controversial Auction Bidding Model

    We recently wrote about stealth startup Project Fair Bid, which aimed to reinvent and legitimize a controversial bidding model pioneered by Swoopo. Today, Project Fair Bid is emerging from its cocoon as BigDeal.com, an auction-based e-commerce site which takes a different twist on the questionable paid bidding model. Similar to Swoopo, BigDeal lets users purchase virtual bids $0.75 each which… Read More

  • Project Fair Bid Raises $4.5 Million For Stealth Auction Platform

    Project Fair Bid, a stealth startup that is creating a Swoopo-like Auction platform, has raised $4.5 million in funding, according to a SEC filing. The funding was raised from the Mayfield Fund, First Round Capital, and Foundation Capital, with Raj Kapoor, Charles Moldow and Josh Kopelman joining the board of directors. Details on Project Fair Bid are limited but we hear the startup hopes… Read More

  • Unique Auction Site Swoopo Expands To Canada, Testing 'Buy It Now'

    It’s been a while since we last took a look at Swoopo, the “entertainment shopping” site that’s one part auction-house, one part virtual casino. Since launching in late 2008, the site has closed a $10 million funding round led by August Capital, and has grown to over 2 million members. Now, the site has quietly expanded to launch a Canadian portal, and is also… Read More

  • Swoopo: "Entertainment Shopping" or Scam?

    There has been some rumbling about an auction site called Swoopo, suggesting that it is either money-making scheme on the part of the German parent company, formerly Telebid, or a new way to get gadgets cheap. Interestingly, it could be both. The auction is considerably different than other sites – EBay included. It works like this, if I understand it correctly: you “buy”… Read More