Uniiverse launches world's platform for collaborative living
Feb 07, 2012, 08:30 ET
TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Uniiverse (www.uniiverse.com), the platform for collaborative living, launched today, worldwide.
Uniiverse is not a social network. The company is the first online platform to take an offline approach for its users. Doing-away with status updates and virtual friends, Uniiverse is all about trust, the sharing economy, and face-to-face interactions. Watch the manifesto video: http://uv.rs/A6OYPk
"Uniiverse is the only platform that allows anyone to share any kind of real-life activity or service," says Ben Raffi, CEO & president of Uniiverse. "And it's free to post."
Users can specify what they're offering, the price they charge (could be free), and when it is happening. People can instantly discover, book, and pay for the listing through the website. Uniiverse enables anyone to become an entrepreneur, meet like-minded people, share their passions - and live a smarter, happier, more sustainable lifestyle. Watch the concept video: http://uv.rs/AfCSNG
The opportunities Uniiverse brings to people are endless:
- Organize a jogging group, tapas party, or yoga session
- Offer a service such as a photography workshop, language lesson, or a sushi-making class
- Use your extra time by posting your availability for errand running, babysitting, or pet walking
- Share your stuff that is rarely used such as a drill, a bike, or a guitar
- Rent out your space when you're away, or offer your unused parking spot
- Organize a ride-share to save money on gas, and help the environment
Users are encouraged to rate and review each others' shared experiences. Uniiverse enables people to get a full understanding of each other's trustworthiness by showing social proximity, ratings, reviews, and participation across categories.
"Uniiverse is building the sharing economy, where access and experiences are more important than ownership. This movement will help the environment, global financial issues, and build stronger communities," says Craig Follett, CEO & chairman of Uniiverse.
Through this platform, Uniiverse is resurrecting old marketplace behaviors, such as sharing, on a scale that was never before possible. The company aims to kick-start the sharing revolution.
Uniiverse is an online person-to-person marketplace for offline services and activities. With built-in trust features, the platform enables people to safely offer and share their time, interests, belongings, space, and skills with other local people in real life - for free, or to make money. The company's vision is to encourage offline interactions in today's increasingly virtual world and to help people live better, together. The company believes everyone has something unique to offer and share. Uniiverse is based in Toronto, Canada and has operations in Montreal, San Francisco and Boston. The company, founded in Toronto, raised $750,000 in seed round financing in 2011.
Video with caption: "Why are we here? The Uniiverse". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLVku4QtD6k
Video with caption: "Building the Sharing Economy - How does Uniiverse work?". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9CIObFCJeQ
Image with caption: "Screenshot of a user's listing details for swimming lessons posted on Uniiverse (CNW Group/Uniiverse)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120207_C9959_PHOTO_EN_9736.jpg
Image with caption: "A user's Uniiverse profile, displaying activities and services being hosted, attended, or loved by the user (CNW Group/Uniiverse)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120207_C9959_PHOTO_EN_9737.jpg
Image with caption: "User's experience - creating a listing on Uniiverse (CNW Group/Uniiverse)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120207_C9959_PHOTO_EN_9738.jpg
Image with caption: "Uniiverse Logo (CNW Group/Uniiverse)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120207_C9959_PHOTO_EN_9746.jpg
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