Tuesday, October 25, 2011

EBay + Craigslist = Zaarly

A new start-up called Zaarly enables people to ask for anything from people nearby. It is like a local market place for people to buy and sell products and services. Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay, recently joined Zaarly as an independent Board member. It has raised $14.1 million in Series A financing led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sands Capital Ventures.

Unlike Craigslist where people typically post items they want to sell, on Zaarly's buyers post what they want to buy and at what price. Then people can come to Zaarly's website or mobile app and offer the service or product and make a case why the buyer should buy from him or her.

As posted on Zaarly's website "Zaarly enables people to ask for anything from people nearby. A simple idea; but when it takes root in a community, the impact is profound. Buyers decide what they want and the price they want to pay and someone from the community makes it happen, creating a job and keeping money local. Zaarly helps anyone invest directly into their local economy.

Sure, we’re a tech company, but what we’re building helps people change their community. These are big ideas requiring enormous talent, borderline fanaticism and maybe a small dose of insanity. We've got an amazing team with the right mix. Let's do this."

Since launching in May, Zaarly now has more than 100,000 users. They are going after a market which is in between eBay and Craigslist.

Have you bought or sold anything through Zaarly's?


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