What’s the right business model for your marketplace?

I recently came across a good story about pivoting and how hard it can be to find the right monetization model for your marketplace. Thumbtack is a platform that helps people find service professionals (photographers, painters, home contractors, movers, etc.). My friend (and Thumbtack CEO) Marco Zappacosta described how the company first…
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The data we use to evaluate marketplace traction

At Version One, we love marketplaces and platforms. Over 50% of our portfolio companies fall into this category including our recent investments in Headout (a mobile-first marketplace for last-minute travel experiences) and VarageSale (a mobile-first community-driven Craigslist). We’re often asked what we look for in a marketplace. While there are…
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V1’s latest investment: Headout, a last minute marketplace for tours, activities and experiences

We’re thrilled to announce our newest investment:  Headout, an on-demand mobile concierge that helps travellers discover and book last-minute activities during vacations at great prices. Headout makes discovering new cities easy and spontaneous. As frequent travelers, we have been watching this space for a while, but most players took a…
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