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. Here’s how it works. Most listings I clicked had already been sold, but the site is designed for you to discover what you should pay, not necessarily where to buy. There’s also browsable price guides for specific product types. Used product price guides aren’t new, especially for cars, but Priceonomics does it right. I asked Flaxman why Priceonomics is different from existing price guides. Because it fits into the purchase funnel at the stage where people are clearly trying to buy something, the Priceonomics has big monetization potential. Update: I’ve heard back from the Priceonomics team and added several quotes to this article.
Rethinking Economics Italia | Il mondo è cambiato, le università no. Quotes Meetings.io 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. After installation, you can sign up for an account using Facebook and then add friends to a group by pulling their info from your phone’s address book or by typing in an email manually. As new bills are added to the group, an automatic email goes out from SpotMe to those owing as a reminder. We definitely needed an app for that.
noiseFromAmeriKa | economia, politica, cultura Quotes Tracking Web Page Changes It is difficult enough tracking down relevant and useful sites, but keeping up with changes to the pages is an impossible task when you have more than a dozen or so to monitor. Link checkers such as Xenu Link Sleuth ( can alert you to pages that have disappeared or that are redirecting users to another site, but changes to the content are equally if not more important. There are many services that track web page content for changes. Some are free whilst other priced services may offer limited facilities as a free taster. This overview looks at two types of services: web based services and software programs for PCs and Intranets. Web based services Change Detection URL: This is a free service allowing you to track an unlimited number of pages. Femtoo URL: This service allows you to have up to 3 "trackers" with 30 checks per month free of charge. FollowThatPage URL: Page2RSS
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. The company says its is currently seeing an annual sales growth rate of 204 percent. The new round of funding will be used to expand and deepen FarFetch’s brand and operational presence in its existing markets across Europe and North America, and for strategic growth efforts into new markets in the United States and Brazil and Asia. In particular, FarFetch is aggressively expanding to the U.S. 2012, and will be opening up an additional office in New York.
Quotes 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. Belly wants to reinvent customer loyalty rewards through gamification and digital check-ins. Merchants pay a monthly subscription unlimited Belly cards to hand out to customers, in-store marketing materials and secure access to customer data that reveals sales, points and redemption data, as well as insights into foot traffic and card usage patterns. On the consumer side, to check in, customers can scan their smartphone at an in-store iPad POS and with each check-in, you get closer to a specific milestone, and reward (as stipulated by the business). Belly faces competition LevelUp, Perka, PerkVille, PunchTab and others.
Quotes 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? Simply put, the startup enables brands and retailers to reach new customers by way of promotions and coupons that are displayed across a growing network of shopping apps and sites, which include ShopSavvy, Shopkick, CardStar, and Geodelic — to name a few. The startup searches thousands of sources each day for both in-store and online promotions that are valid at over 400,000 merchant locations; it then organizes and categorizes those deals and delivers them through free publisher APIs to power things like loyalty programs, comparison shopping, and local checkins. And, for advertisers, this enables them to engage customers with contextually relevant content, i.e. promotions, ads, or offers.