Y Combinator Startup Priceonomics Tells You How Much To Pay For Any Used Product You want the best price on things you buy second hand, but finding out how much you should pay is a hassle. Removing this friction from a lucrative part of the purchase funnel is the goal of Priceonomics. The first startup out of the winter 2012 Y Combinator batch, Priceonomics has crawled the web to compile its next-generation price guide. It launches today featuring 10 million prices on 50,000 products, and plans to expand across verticals soon.
How to Change Your Spending Habits when Your Salary Goes Up (or Down) I struggle with Ramit's percentage-based automation. Not everything can be boiled down to a percentage; most bills are fixed, like rent. If my income goes down 20%, I can't just allow my automatic allocation to bills go down with it; I have to make sure it still covers my fixed bills.
[NOW AVAILABLE] TigerDirect.com - INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S FIRST HOME MINI-NUCLEAR GENERATOR If you’ve been reading the online alternative press on the web, you’ve heard that this device actually exists. Designed by Rektor Siegle, the KUBE nuclear reactor can generate 1000KHGz of power, endlessly! Based on technology originally developed for the exploration of Mars, the KUBE X-15 uses newer clean nuclear energy. Of course, this amazing breakthrough will disrupt markets around the world. Thus the secrecy of this message. SpotMe Payments: A Great App For Settling Up SpotMe, a handy little tool for sharing expenses in groups, is now a top 10 mobile app in the finance category and a featured app in Apple’s App Store Rewind 2011. Zornitza Stefanova, the CEO of SpotMe’s maker Boomerang Digital, describes the app as “a social messenger for payments.” What that means is that the app takes over the often uncomfortable job of having to ask your friends for the money they owe – it does that for you. An early version of the app was launched this July, but the most recent update just arrived mid-December, bringing with it helpful new features like messaging and email summaries.
Seven Under-the-Radar Financial Hacks Everyone Should Know About A few notes on the home equity piece.... Borrowing against home equity will almost certainly require an appraisal of your home, which costs $300 - $400+ that you pay out. Whether or not you go ahead with the home equity loan, you eat this cost. But there's a catch - because banks got burned so badly giving out trash mortgages in the last decade (their own fault), odds are the appraisal value you get on your house will be abysmally low. The bank will want to make sure if they wind up stuck holding the house, they can at minimum get their investment back, so they will value you at or below the lowest comparable house in your area.
Stain PVC Any Color You Like PVC is great: cheap, common, easy to work, and easy to join temporarily or permanently. Only problem is, it’s kinda ugly, much of which owes to the fact that it only comes in white, gray, sometimes black, and (if you’re willing to pay through the nose) clear. “Furniture grade” PVC pipe can sometimes be found with integral color, but you’re limited to factory shades and if you want matching elbows, tees, or other fittings, you’re out of luck, because fittings only come in white. Sure, you can paint it, but PVC doesn’t take paint all that well, and the paint is prone to flake and screws up the dimensional tolerances. With stain, you get color that doesn’t flake or add thickness, so you can stain pipe and fittings different colors before assembly and still expect them to fit.
Online Marketplace For Designer Fashion Boutiques FarFetch Raises $18M From Index Ventures FarFetch, and online marketplace for independent fashion boutiques, has raised $18 million in funding from Index Ventures, eVenture Capital Partners and existing investor Advent Venture Partners. This brings FarFetch’s total funding to $24 million. Launched in 2008, Farfetch.com is marketplace which brings independent fashion boutiques from Europe and North America under one roof. The London-based company offers a curated network of online boutiques from designer brands like Fendi, Gucci, and Chloé as well as from emerging designers. Currently the site offers clothing for both men and women, and includes over 35,000 products.
Lightbank Backs Belly, A Customer Loyalty And Rewards Platform For Local Businesses A new Chicago-based startup is emerging today as a contender in the local business customer loyalty and rewards space. Belly (formally Bellyflop) is hoping to replace those old punchcards you receive at local merchants. And the startup is debuting with an investment from Lightbank, the venture firm founded by Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell. While the exact amount of the investment was not disclosed, we understand it is in the seven-figures.
Spotzot, The Startup Powering Deal Targeting For Apps Like Shopkick & ShopSavvy, Raises $2.2 Million Spotzot, the platform that powers deal targeting for shopping applications and web sites, today announced that it has closed $2.2 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Cervin Ventures, Inventus Capital Partners and TiE-Silicon Valley Angels. So what is Spotzot? Drumo Is Quora For Cities It’s hard when you’re new to a city and have no friends. When I visit a new city I tend to hide in trees and behind garbage bins and watch people from afar, seeing where they go to eat and socialize. Then I go to those places at night, when they’re closed, and sniff the air for their scent. However, Drumo offers an improved method for finding out specific things about a city using Quora-style discussion connected to geodata of major metropolitan areas. As it stands, the service is limited to Sydney, Singapore, and Tokyo, thus limiting your choices. However, it is still in beta and looks to be an interesting way to figure things out on the ground.
OrderWithMe Offers Wholesale Group Buying For Small Businesses Founded by husband and wife team Jonathan and Danielle Jenkins, OrderWithMe is a group buying site specifically designed for the small Western businesses who are having trouble navigating the somewhat unintelligible world of Chinese manufacturers. By allowing companies to buy in bulk, OrderWithMe can offer the same deals that larger retailers get, which means up to 70% discounts on fashion and furniture items. Co-founder Jenkins came up with the idea for OrderWithMe when — as a merchant himself — he realized that bulk, factory-level information from sites like Alibaba was of little help to an American small business. Instead of a choice of 35K handbags, Jenkins needed something that would narrow down inventory selection to only the hundred most popular.
UPcload Uses Your Webcam To Help You Order Clothes That Actually Fit I’m the sort of person who likes to buy things online. Batteries? Yup. Groceries? You bet. TapBuy Deals: Mobile Shopping, Without The Hassle The future may be mobile, but trying to shop at an online retailer from your phone is often a surefire way to get a headache. Sure, online stores are now much better about offering mobile-optimized sites than they were a few years ago — but even then, plugging in your credit card information on your phone’s keyboard is a pain, and quickly buying multiple items from multiple stories is basically out of the question. There are a few good experiences to be had (I’ve used Amazon’s mobile apps plenty of times, and they generally work well).
The Founders Behind Diapers.com Launch Soap.com: "All The Robots Are In Place" Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara have figured out a formula for selling low-margin goods online and shipping them overnight to customers. The two entrepreneurs have built Diapers.com into the largest seller of diapers and other baby products on the Web. Diapers.com is on track to bring in $300 million in revenues this year. Now the two are getting ready to launch a new e-commerce site, Soap.com.. It will sell much more than just soap. When it launches in July, Soap.com will offer 25,000 products—daily essentials ranging from cleaning supplies to toothpaste.