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!
BeenVerified Featured in Inc. Magazine
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.
Figuring out how to run a background check on someone you found on Craigslist can be fairly tricky. Whether you plan on meeting in person or just conducting a transaction online, things are not always clear. Postings are made anonymously, as Craigslist will always generate a unique email address to mask a poster’s real email. With so much limited information, how do you go about verifying this person?
At BeenVerified, we get a lot of people asking us about how to analyze and understand the information presented from criminal records. Remember, criminal records come from over 500 counties around the country, each with a unique system for reporting. We wish there was one standard protocol across the country as well – Sigh…
Don’t worry, we are here to help. We thought it would be great to share a step-by-step breakdown of how exactly to read criminal records on BeenVerified. So read on and before you know it, you will be breezing through criminal records like you’re a regular Dick Tracy.
One of the biggest gripes consumers have towards companies is the lack of transparency they receive, particularly from the guys at the top. If you’re new to the business world, why not take this concept and run with it, positively? Here’s what you can do to stay ahead.
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
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?
In a recent article in the New York Times, journalist Stephanie Rosenbloom sheds light on some fascinating data on the ever-growing world of online dating. The data demonstrates that at least 25% of all relationships these days start online. Of course this data can be dissected in a number of ways, the fact remains, as Facebook’s Andrew T. Fiore says in the NYT article, “As more and more of life happens online, it’s less and less the case that online is a vacuum. It is life.” Continue reading