How can I simultaneously attract users and experts to a marketplace of expert advice?

“I love the clarity model, and I am curious how one can replicate this model elsewhere.” I would answer this in short by saying you don’t attract them simultaneously. To elaborate; The Chicken and Egg problem is solved (historically) by attracting and retaining the top providers of whatever service first. This, in turn, creates the – “have” to be there …

How much does it cost to build an online marketplace?

“How much is the web development cost for building an online marketplace like Airbnb or Clarity? I have no web development experience, so will need to hire others for this.” I get asked this and similar questions frequently. Choosing the best development strategy and platform for right now does not mean you have to begin developing the best platform. Note: …

Are there companies that provide white-label marketplace software?

– Alex Glenn I won’t bother you with a long-winded answer. But here are the best/cheapest options for your MVP Marketplace: IF you are only trying to prove out your model (i.e. still have not determined market acceptance/need of you marketplace – assuming it is niche), then use WordPress. This theme will be great for under 5000 users: WordPress themes | …

What is the best advice for someone who is just starting an online marketplace?

Alex Glenn Trim the fat, Capture emails, Set up a nurture sequence and feedback loop. Then, start to scale and go get some more money 🙂 One mistake most will make at this exact stage is to add features to their platform they believe their new paying customers will also enjoy using. The reason this is not always a great …

Matching offer and demand in an online marketplace?

– Alex Glenn I’m going to choose to interpret the word choice of “pattern” to mean systems/processes/UX/tech’ “What are the best systems… “What are the best processes… “What are the best UX designs… “What are the best technologies… …for matching offer and demand on an online marketplace?” If I’m correct in your intended meaning, and though it is a loaded question, …

What are some of the latest marketplace startups?

– Alex Glenn There are some very cool niche marketplaces I like, namely Industrial Skilled Labor Pros, On-Demand – FactoryFix.com – which is focused on changing the way manufacturers receive skilled labor (a much-needed change). And http://hirehighschoolers.com – a not for profit that aims to keep local project-based labor fees in the neighborhood by linking people with their local teenage …

What is the best way to launch a marketplace?

– Alex Glenn I just answered another question, but my answer is almost better suited for your question: Alex Glenn’s answer to What are all the features I need for a online marketplace website? “This is a good opportunity to share something MVP-tools. In other words, tools/saas/platforms/plugins etc… that allow you to launch and scale a marketplace for cheap. Your …

What is the best advice for someone who is just starting a marketplace?

 – Alex Glenn Trim the fat, Capture emails, Set up a nurture sequence and feedback loop. Then, start to scale and go get some more money 🙂 One mistake most will make at this exact stage is to add features to their platform they believe their new paying customers will also enjoy using. The reason this is not always a …

How would one make a site similar to Airbnb in terms of technology?

Alex Glenn If you have not yet startup, I would strongly suggest launching as the AirBnB WordPress theme SpotFinder. I have used this theme to launch directories on sub-directories of my main domain in order to shoot up the SERP, but I have friends who have monetized this theme as is. The greatest thing about it is, you can run …