The BizSpark startup of the day is Swap.com, based in the US. Below you will find an interview with Jeff Bennett, CEO of Swap.com. All the best to them and congratulations for being the startup of the day!
Tell us who you are and your role in the company:
What did you do before creating your company?
Prior to Swap.com I was President & COO of NameMedia.
How do you feel being the most promising ‘Startup of the Day’ per Microsoft BizSpark?
We are elated to be recognized by Microsoft as “Startup of the Day”.
What is your company’s mission?
We desire to be the world’s largest community of swappers, spanning all categories, across the globe.
In 140 characters or less, tell us what your company does:
Swap.com enables people to swap things they have for things they want online and offline.
Tell us about your funding history. Are you currently looking for funding? If so, how much?
Angels & Safeguard raising more capital in 2011.
How many employees do you have? How many developers?
20 staff, 5 developers.
Are you hiring? If yes, what are you hiring for and where?
Hiring developers with .NET experience now.
Which platform are you building on? Why?
.NET due to Microsoft’s entrepreneur friendly approach
Where do you see opportunities today in the Software/Internet area?
Maximizing use of the cloud.
What do you think about the BizSpark Program?
Swap.com is appreciative and we are big fans of BizSpark Program.
Do you have any advice for young Software entrepreneurs?
Focus on great user experience and iterate your way to greatness.
Who’s your role model?
I have many including my Dad.
What’s the ONE THING you would like readers to take away from this interview?
Swap.com has a very big mission. We are thankful for our strategic alliance with Microsoft. We are working hard to become the leader of the swap category.