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Oodle joins the QVC family

It's been a long time since we've posted on the Oodle blog. We've been quietly working on some big changes over the last year. And we're finally ready to start sharing again... Last year, we had the good fortune to become profitable and cash flow positive -- no small feat and one that we celebrated. But See more...

Exciting New Features Announced at Today’s f8 Conference!

We are proud to announce that Oodle’s Marketplace is an official Facebook Preferred Developer Partner at the f8 Conference. This year’s f8 is both exciting and significant. Facebook has unveiled new features that will take sharing to a whole new level. Facebook is a medium of shared conversations. With the new set of open graph features, See more...

One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure

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Oodle’s Marketplace has always promoted reusing items.  Today we’ve made the process a lot easier.  Along with our partners Recology and Earth911, Oodle is launching freecycling in our Marketplace on Facebook and Oodle.com. Freecycling is a movement to help reduce the flow of waste to landfills by encouraging neighbors to give unwanted but reusable household items See more...

Some TED Talks you might want to watch…

I was fortunate to attend the TED conference last week in Long Beach and saw some awe-inspiring talks. If you’re not familiar, TED (which stands for Technology, Education and Design) is a conference that gathers together leading visionaries, intellectuals, artists, experts in many fields to give great, candid talks on their work. Well See more...

Shaking things up…

Over the last few days I’ve been reflecting on all the activity surrounding the AIM group report that we helped sponsor.  We saw some meaningful commentary as well as a lot of fall out. I strongly feel that sponsoring and promoting the report was the right thing for us to do.   There is a serious issue See more...

About the Craigslist Study

After the AIM Group study was published yesterday, we got a lot of questions and comments.  I wanted to address some of them to clear up misconceptions. 1. The numbers cited in the study are solid. The study counted crimes that were published in local media outlets and which can be directly linked to Craigslist activity.   Indeed, See more...

Selling Safely With Oodle

One of the biggest problems associated with traditional online classifieds sites is anonymity.  In recent focus groups we conducted, issues relating to anonymous conversations really stood out.  Most complained of flakey behavior (e.g., the buyer who seems interested but then doesn’t show up for appointments).  But almost everyone cited a close call where they felt See more...

Oodle partners with ForRent and AutoTrader (UK)

We believe that the future of online commerce is social. And by social we don’t just mean reviews and ‘like’ buttons -- we mean being able to find your local companies online, talk to a real person, and see how you or your friends are connected to a particular business. This type of social commerce See more...

Social Commerce and the new rules for Local Businesses

Below is an article that I recently posted on TechCrunch... Ecommerce today is imbued with the same DNA that runs through Google. It's automated. It's algorithmic. It's certainly not human. And the marketing campaigns that are built with this DNA are similarly data-driven. They employ number crunchers to capture their leads and build their databases, See more...

The Social Marketplace on Oodle & Facebook

Today we rolled out a bunch of new functionality both on Facebook and Oodle -- to make the experience into a true social marketplace. To date, most of the conversation around social commerce has revolved around social shopping.  We're focused on a different area of social commerce -- the social marketplace -- where who you're buying See more...