My Awesome Experience with Task Rabbit

Yup, I left my bag at the diner! It happens to the best of us, but of of course, I did such a typical move. I was in a huge rush and as per usual, my mind was in a thousand different places.  Three hours later, I was headed home for the day and something felt not right, something felt “light.” That’s when it hit me. I left my prized possesion at a restaurant in Long Island City, which was nowhere near me at that time. I already have a million things to do and making a trip out to Long Island City and back just to pick up my bag was not something I felt like adding to this list.

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For the Holidays, Team BeenVerified Gets Much Needed Fashion Update

At BeenVerified HQ, we’re proud of the team we’ve built over the years. Building company culture takes time and truth is, you can’t force it. More than four years in the making, there are characteristics of our team that we can now say with a fair amount of certainty. For example, we don’t shy away from any challenge, no matter the size. We care deeply about one another and respect the many differences amongst the individuals that make up the whole. Collectively, everyone is pretty good at ping pong, with Danny (that’s me!) being by and far and away the most dominant.

Another part of culture may be considered a little less flattering. We have some terrible dressers amongst us. Baggy pants, hooded sweatshirts, and untrimmed facial hair are just a few of the plagues that have infiltrated our highly guarded culture (sorry for the visual!).

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And the Winners of Our Testimonial Contest Are…

Last month, we asked our users to share their experiences using BeenVerified and the feedback we received was amazing! Your stories created a flood of positive energy throughout our organization and we can’t thank everyone enough for their thoughtful submissions. While each individual story was important in its own way, we can only give away five iPads. If we gave away anymore, we just may have to increase our pricing! (kidding)

A big congrats to our five winners. Now, without further ado, check out the stories from our featured winners. Enjoy!

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Check Out BeenVerified in Inc. Magazine!

It has been four years since we started BeenVerified with the goal of adding transparency into our digital universe and what a ride its been.  Like most small businesses, we experience our fair share of ups and downs, failures and successes.

That’s why we’re pretty excited that Inc. Magazine featured the BeenVerified story as a case study this month. Check it out to learn more about how we started, where we are today and what the future holds.

As we continue on our journey, we wanted to thank everyone  from our amazing community of users, to our friends and family who do not get to see us as much as they should and everyone in between.  Finally, big thanks to Issie Lapowsky and the Inc. Magazine team for being so thorough and pushing the outer limits of our memory!  We learned a lot from the experience.

Read the rest on Inc. and let us know what you think!

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BeenVerified Featured in Inc. Magazine

 

The Rise of Collaborative Consumption and the Emergence of the Rentrepreneur

Rob Baedeker wrote a fantastic article in Newsweek Magazine recently titled “How to Make Money When the Economy is Failing.” The article chronicles two weeks in the life of Rob taking on a new role as “Rentrepreneur.” In short, Rob uses new and innovative start-ups to rent things out ranging from an empty room in his house to the usage of his backyard BBQ, to  even renting out his dog to a park-going stranger looking to play fetch. In two weeks, Rob earned a total of $654.85.

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This Holiday Season, Try Collaborative Consumption

Black Friday is rapidly approaching and visions of overcrowded malls with parking spaces oh so far come creeping into our brain. Now, thanks to the social web, you can finally avoid circling around the parking lot banging your head on the steering wheel. With this in mind, we  think this holiday season is a perfect time to try “collaborative consumption.” Continue reading

The Difference between Googling and a Background Check

We live in a Google society. Everyone is busy Googling other people. (Heck, Google is even considered a verb in the dictionary!) Searching people is not only acceptable in today’s culture, it is celebrated.  It has become so common place that some important ideas are often overlooked.

Search engines do a lot of things extraordinarily well, but people search is simply not one of them.  Think about it.  Search engines essentially spit back the information you are looking to verify in the first place.  If you want a more complete picture, you need access to 3rd party, objective, transparent sources that search engines simply do not provide. Can we step back and analyze this further?

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BeenVerified on ABC Philadelphia!

We are excited to share a terrific segment on ABC Philadelphia last week! Our own CEO Josh Levy sat down with reporter Shirleen Allicot and discussed online dating in the modern world and how BeenVerified can help you stay safe.

Check out the great segment below. Thanks to Shirleen and the ABC Philadelphia team!

Our Mission – Easy, Affordable, Accurate

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new flat screen television.  Before you go spending a big chunk of money at Best Buy, you take a look on Craigslist.  Sure enough, someone a few towns over is selling exactly what you want for a fraction of the price.  After a few emails, all is set.  A plan is made for you to pick up the television from that person the next day.

That very afternoon it just so happens that an old college friend calls you to catch up. Let’s call him Keith, a lawyer in Southern Florida.  You start telling Keith about the television set you just agreed to purchase.  Being the lawyer that he is, Keith interrupts your excitement with a dose of caution.  Sounds like a great deal, but do you know anything about this guy?  Is he a friend of a friend?

Keith asks you to give him the address to the house.  You are confused. What is that going to do? Keith says that he runs background checks on people all the time at work.  His office has access to a great service where he can type in the address, find out who lives there and then view all criminal and court records of that person.

Later that afternoon Keith calls back.  It turns out that the man from the address has very “questionable” records.  You look at the report and realize right away that the deal was in fact, too good to be true. There is no way you would hand him a check for $1,200 for a “barely used, perfect condition” $5,000 flat screen.  Crisis averted – thanks to your friend Keith.  Sometimes it’s nice to have friends in high places.

You follow-up with Keith to let him know the outcome, you told the guy the deal was off which did not go over too well.  While overzealously expressing your gratitude for Keith giving you free access to his resources, he interrupts.  “Actually, all these are public records. All law firms have them.”

“Oh, ok they are public records.  So I can get them myself if I wanted to?” you ask. Keith chuckles and replies, “Not necessarily, we pay a lot of money for access to these records. The service we use brings all public records together, updates them automatically, and makes them easy to search and understand.”

You’re surprised that public records are not free, but at the same time, this makes sense. You continue to try and understand, asking Keith how much they pay for the service.  He responds by saying that it’s a lot of money, but it’s included in the cost passed on to clients as part of their legal fees.

Does everyone have a good friend like Keith, a lawyer who would have his legal assistant run the check for them?  No, they do not.  Should people who have lawyer friends or a tremendous amount of money be the only people to have access to this information?  No, they should not. In fact, the people who need this information the most, the people who are most vulnerable, are the same people who usually do not have the same resources as a privileged few.

This is exactly why we created BeenVerified.com.  Our mission is to make public records easy, affordable, and accurate for everyone, giving all people the opportunity to access public records when they need them – instantly, affordably, and reliably. We aim to level the playing field by giving everyone access to the same information for when it comes to making important decisions within our everyday lives.

Large companies always use background checks.  Landlords, lawyers and other professionals have always used background checks.  Why not me and you?

What do you think? Do you have a Keith in your life to run background checks for you, or are you left up to your own devices?