Firm with Startup Weekend, GEW Ties Starts Living Up to Hype
Jun 23, 2011
When Ashton Kutcher likes your idea so much he personally invests in it and helps you raise more than $1 million in seed funding, you might be on to something.
Zaarly is a hyper-localized marketplace that connects 'buyers' looking for a specific item (or service) with 'sellers' who can complete the task.
Willing to pay someone $500 for a Tomos Sprint moped in Washington, DC? How about $25 for someone to critique and proofread your essay contrasting Botswana and South Africa (yes, these are both actual examples)?
The site emerged from a Startup Weekend event in Los Angeles and was founded by Bo Fishback, former president of Kauffman Labs. Fishback was also a strong proponent of Global Entrepreneurship Week which he called "an experiment to see if you can really flip the switch in millions of people over the course of a week."
With backing from Kutcher and others including Gmail founder Paul Bucheit, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and others, the buzz around Zaarly has continued to grow since it launched at South-by-Southwest in May where it did $10,000 worth of business in two days. Recently, it crossed the $1 million mark for jobs posted and was featured in TechCrunch with the following infographic outlining Zaarly's early days.