eBay acquires the GiftsProject and Opening Social Center in Israel

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eBay acquired Israeli startup The GiftsProject for an undisclosed sum, according to AllthingsD. Founded in 2009, The GiftsProject has created a social commerce application, enabling users to vote, comment and buy a gift together as a group. Back in February, the GiftsProject announced a partnership with eBay as well as $1 million seed round from Gemini and Index ventures. Continue Reading

20 US Startup Trends: Get Inspired and Launch in Your Country

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Alley Insider, one of my favorite tech blogs, published an interesting post yesterday, titled “If We Hear About Any More Startups Like These, We’ll Scream”, listing some of the latest startup trends in idea buckets. Their frustration is coming from the sheer number of startups doing the same thing in the US, but for all of us living out of the US, the question should be: Is it currently being done right your country? Continue Reading

The Gifts Project Announces New Investor and a Partnership with eBay on Social Shopping

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The Gifts Project, a social commerce platform, has been making quite a few headlines recently. The company raised $1 million in seed from Gemini and a few days later, European VC Index Ventures was mysteriously added to its investors page. The terms of the additional funding were not disclosed. Today, the Gifts Project announced a partnership with eBay, in which the e-commerce giant will host the Gift Project’s ‘white label’ application, which enables users to set up their own Group Gift pages on eBay Continue Reading

The Gifts Project leverages the social graph for real gift giving

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The Gifts Project takes the concept of social shopping and applies it specifically to group gifting. Via a Facebook application, the service allows users to identify gifts that they would like to give/receive to/from friends for a particular occasion (e.g. birthday, anniversary), and then allows users to select up to 20 friends to contribute to the gift purchase. Continue Reading