Over 200,000 Collectibles Indexed
Published: 10/29/2012 02:20am
Curicon, an online collectible marketplace, launched at New York Comic Con. We had the opportunity to speak to founder and CEO Matt Byrne about the new company.
Tell us about the company.
Curicon is a collectible social marketplace. We’re indexing collectibles; we’re connecting collectors together; and we’re giving them a place to buy and sell without fees.
What’s the business model?
It’s a freemium model, so there will be premium levels above the free level, but the free level will always be there.
Are there premium levels now?
The premium levels launch early next year.
What will they offer that the free levels don’t?
They will offer better positioning in search results, more configurable stores, more access to history data and other relevant reporting data and greater abilities to manage multiple items of stock.
So the premium services are for sellers?
Absolutely. There is a premium buyer account as well that gives you early access for when things you want become available for sale.
Where do you get your databases?
We work on a crowdsourcing plus manufacturer model. Our community submits stuff to our library and we also work with the manufacturers directly as part of their release cycle.
How did you develop your community?
We launched the social component of Curicon.com last year. We put it out to the collectors that we knew and it’s grown to thousands of people since then. Our collectibles library is up to 230,000 collectibles indexed. From having that first version we officially launched at this convention.
What are the product categories?
We cover trading cards, comics, action figures, vinyl toys, normal toys, models, die cast, consoles, games. There’s probably a couple more, but that’s all I can remember.
How are you funded?
We were originally funded by my other IT business that I own.
You are promoting the launch of the free service at NYCC?
Is this Web only, or do you have apps?
We’re Web only at the moment, but the apps for both iOS and Android come out next year.
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