In the U.K., a peer-to-peer video-sharing app is disrupting the way users search for potential housemates online. Founded in 2013, RealEstateTube is making it much easier for users to suss out their future housemates from viewing videos that those potential housemates have uploaded.
Rakuten, Japan’s biggest e-retailer, joined forces with Lifull, owner of real estate site Home’s, to start a rental property platform. Now, the JV tied up with a famous vacation service called AsiaYo.com, which operates in Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea.
Uton (梧桐汽车), a service provider in the used-auto sector, announced that it has secured 10 million RMB ($1.5 million U.S.) in a series A funding round led by Zhonghai Tongchuang Group (中海同创集团), and joined by GAW Capital Partners (车界汇资本) and the used-auto financing platform Chedai.com (第1车贷).
Zhuan Zhuan (转转), a mobile, c-to-c transaction platform for used goods, launched a promotion with Lenovo (联想), China’s leading manufacturer of computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Tiantian Paiche (天天拍车), China’s leading b-to-c auction platform for used autos, is patting itself on the back for a very strong start to 2017. The company is citing internal figures showing a growth in total transaction volume for 2017 to date of more than 300 percent.
CareerBuilder continues to shed its classic recruitment classified business in favor of a service-as-a-software model. The latest to go: Gannett's newspaper properties.
Norberg accepted the position of CEO of the Danish auction and classified group Lauritz.com, which claims to be the biggest auction group in the Nordic countries. Norberg will move to Copenhagen with his family soon.
Business-to-business marketplace OnTruck is changing the way Spanish companies transport their goods. On the platform, businesses search for drivers (with trucks) to transport goods. At the same time, OnTruck is also a niche jobs (or gig) site: drivers go there to find transport contracts.
The free stuff classifieds service that started in the U.S. last year will take on EBay Kleinanzeigen when it launches in mid-August.
Ashish Gupta, co-founder of venture capital firm Helion Venture Partners, is back on the InfoEdge board as a non-executive, independent director. He has been appointed for a fixed term of five years.