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I Found You on Ripoff Report- You Must be a Rip-Off

As an avid user of the Internet, I always do research before signing up for a web service. (If I would list all of the Internet services I have ever signed up for, the list would literally be a mile long.) One popular place for researching the trustworthiness of a business is a popular site called “Ripoff Report.”

The idea of Ripoff Report is to give a voice to any consumer who felt taken advantage of by a business. A service like this comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses, just as any business does. You can read a myriad of opinions about it all over the Web. However, the purpose of this blog post is to address the various complaints you will find on the site about BeenVerified. Continue reading

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Lead an Online Life? 3 Risks to Keep in Mind

Imagine a world where we don’t use the Internet 10+ times a day. Imagine not checking your e-mail every 15 minutes, or never having Facebook, or never having discovered eBay (yeah, neither can we). It’s pretty bleak, right? In all actuality, we’ve become so dependent on the interweb that the thought of ever living without it is mostly impossible. But, that’s OK, because we live in this crazy, online society which gives us so much anyway, and what’s so bad about that? Continue reading

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The Low-Down on “Peer Based Verification”

Meet Janet Jones. She’s the Chief Marketing Officer of BeenVerified, a former marketing executive at Goldman Sachs and a Harvard Business School alum. In the early days of BeenVerified, you could see Janet’s impressive LinkedIn profile for yourself. Unfortunately, Janet’s profile no longer exists, but we’ll get back to why in a second.

Like any savvy professional, Janet used her LinkedIn profile to leverage her Harvard Business School network by connecting with other alumni, students, and faculty. Can you blame her? In fact, within one week, Janet connected with 14 other LinkedIn profiles associated with Harvard. Continue reading

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Your Online Social Presence: The Double Edged Sword of Our Time

There’s a funny thing about the time period we’re in. On one hand, we have this great tool at our fingertips: the online social Web. It let’s us communicate with people around the globe, helps us keep in touch with family, and allows us to research anything we could ever need.

However, on the other hand, having that online social presence, particularly for businesses, can sometimes automatically put a veil of secrecy on your face. So, how do you have that sort of transparency as a business owner, something that our culture demands, without having a full blown privacy meltdown? You obviously can’t share every single detail, but there does need to be some kind of clear glass.
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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

 

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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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