At BeenVerified, we’re sort of in love with a little thing called collaborative consumption. Collaborative consumption is a global movement to encourage the sharing of goods and services directly with people instead of through the traditional middle man (i.e. mega-marts and more established corporations).
So, while you’re writing those new year’s resolutions, why not throw a little collaborative consumption into the mix? Here’s how:
You asked, we listened! Many of our users have requested a fast and easy way to share a BeenVerified report with another person. Well, thanks to one of our expert developers, Brian, you can now share any background check with trusted friends and family at no extra cost. So, if Mom wants to see who you met online, there are several easy ways to do that through Sharing:
At BeenVerified, we know a ton of you are finding that special someone online. Whether you’re using specialized services like match.com or you’re using popular platforms like Facebook or Twitter, we’re pretty sure finding the guy or gal of your dreams has gotten a little easier thanks to the social Web.
We can even see this in popular culture. For example, in a recent episode of How I Met Your Mother, main character Ted goes on a date with a mystery woman named Janet without doing any preliminary online research. His friends Barney and Robin think he’s crazy, having done a lot of the heavy background checking for him in past, the kind of research that basically resembles an episode of CSI.
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.
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!).
Ah, the dating world. It can be intimidating, thrilling, nerve-wracking, and can cause the normally confident and composed person to shrink into a blubbering idiot (hey, no laughing, we’ve all been there). But, alas, searching for that special someone is something many of us do, no matter how painful it may be. So, how does the modern-day dater conduct such an uphill battle? Well, for the increasing number of singles out there, they’re using a pretty popular dating platfrom: Match.com.
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!
Now that you understand how court records are classified and why, you may need some assistance in navigating and analyzing the details of an individual record. Well, you came to the right place. If you still do not understand how criminal records are classified or perhaps need a refresher, please take a minute to read a full explanation of “Likely Matches” “Possible Matches” and “Not Likely Matches.” The following assumes that you are already comfortable with this material.
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.