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Online marketplace OfferUp raises $120M, acquires top competitor letgo

OfferUp, a leading online and mobile market program, announced this morning it is increasing $120 million at a fresh round of financing led by competing market letgo’s majority investor, OLX Group, along with many others. As that a region of the deal, OfferUp are also acquiring letgo’s categorized company, together with OLX Group gaining a 40% stake in the newly combined entity.

Other investors from the new round comprise present OfferUp backers Andreessen Horowitz and Warburg Pincus. The funds will be put toward continuing growth, product creation and monetization attempts, OfferUp says.

The around will near the closing of this acquisition, which is anticipated to occur sometime in May. To date, OfferUp has increased $380 million. )

The acquisition will probably visit just two of the biggest third party purchasing and selling marketplaces — out Craigslist, eBay and Facebook Marketplace, obviously — turned into a more substantial threat to the incumbents. Together, the new entity will have more than 20 million monthly active consumers across the U.S. For customers, the bargain means they will no longer need to set in as many programs when seeking to unload a few household products, electronics, furniture or anything else they would like to market.

“My eyesight for OfferUp has ever been to create a business which helps people connect and flourish,” stated Nick Huzar, OfferUp CEO, in a statement concerning the acquisition. “We’re combining the complementary strengths of OfferUp and letgo so as to deliver a much greater buying and selling experience for our communities. OLX Group has unparalleled experience and crystal clear success with developing online market businesses, so they will be a fantastic companion because we continue to create the broadest, easiest, and most dependable experience for our clients.”

OfferUp also confessed that mid-pandemic is a strange time to declare such a bargain — particularly at a time when the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting its employees, its partners, and the purchasing and selling community . And this can last for a while.

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However, Huzar places the price as one which will enable the company to grow, regardless of the present state of affairs.

“This news assists you to continue to innovate and develop, regardless of these tough times, and continue to deliver on such a promise,” Huzar mentioned, in a business blog article.

For today, the OfferUp and letgo programs will stay individual adventures and no disruptions to some revenue will be produced. Consumers will even have the ability to download both programs to iOS and Android apparatus for now, also.

But shortly, the two sets of consumers will access a greater network of sellers and buyers, together with nationwide shipping choices, and trust and security issues. We know this will entail allowing users of the two sets of programs to view more articles and socialize with more sellers and buyers — so some kind of merging of both networks is at play . There will likely be added adjustments to enhance the consumer experience for many users in the long run, also, but the provider isn’t sharing information on this today.

Letgo is bringing to the table that an program with over 100 million globally downloads, therefore there’s a capability to reactivate a few of those lapsed users that aren’t currently buying or selling its market now. The two programs were frequently neck-and-neck concerning their app shop group positions, though on iPhone OfferUp has maintained a small lead. (See App Store and Google Play graphs below.)

However, letgo’s company outside North America will probably be independently owned and managed as a member of their OLX Group, the companies stated.

“Letgo and OfferUp have consistently shared the exact same core vision for how big America’s secondhand market can become — exploiting technology innovation to result in an extraordinarily positive effect on customers’ pockets and on the environment,” stated letgo co-founder Alec Oxenford. “Bringing our programs collectively moves us closer to this vision,” he added.

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Prior for this particular deal, OfferUp had witnessed a range of executive departures, including the departure of Engineering direct and VP Peter Wilson at 2017, VP of Product Chloe Harford at 2018, VP of Employee Experience Deb Nielsen at 2018, following VP of Employee Experience Sarah Bilton at 2019, also Chief Experience Officer Jerry Howe in January 2020. CFO Rodrigo Brumana has also abandoned, which has been previously unreported. The firm’s interim CFO is Chief Growth Officer Ian Fliflet, and OfferUp is actively hiring for a new CFO, we are told.

Huzar characterizes these modifications as part of these challenges with developing a startup and getting the ideal people into position.

“As the provider grows upward, so should leaders and therefore must the civilization. I believe a whole lot of times when you are scaling companies… that you go through evolutions where leaders actually must evolve and change,” he states. “If you seem to Bill Carr, for instance, our COO, you understand he helped construct out Amazon Video from nothing to more than two,000 workers. We had no one at the halls of OfferUp who had noticed that scale ” Huzar added.

There’s a respect for Amazon’s civilization, too.

“There are obviously matters Amazon has performed really well — such as their capacity to innovate scale is incredible,” Huzar says. “We do believe folks [who] come from Amazon have good startup DNA. They’re very scrappy. They dip deep to the company and understand matters. They can think large. There’s a great deal of value I believe from that company that I actually value,” he added.

OfferUp also only hired former ChannelAdvisor VP Mark Vandegrift as thoughts of e-commerce this past month, as the firm targets growth and scale.

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But not all workers are on board with those exec shakeups. More compared to the usual couple of worker testimonials on Glassdoor and chatter on media program Blind talk to several business culture difficulties, girls being treated inequitably, unwanted office politics, and attrition — such as one of senior administration.

In as well as the COVID-19 catastrophe, OfferUp might have had to combine into scale and compete with all the market giants. User expansion was slowing, for example — the userbase has been 42 million yearly users in 2018 that just grew to 44 million in 2019. Presumably, slower earnings growth had accompanied. (Huzar declined to talk to present earnings and evaluation.)

A combo of OfferUp and letgo can help strengthen numbers out coastal towns, such as Seattle, L.A., also Miami, in which OfferUp was strong. Letgo was more powerful in different areas of the nation, such as the Midwest, Huzar says. OfferUp will even bring its transport company to letgo, which might be especially useful today as people are seeking to sell household items for additional money.

The deal remains subject to regulatory acceptance. If granted, the combined businesses will be controlled by OfferUp, headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. Huzar will last to function as CEO of OfferUp and chairman of the board. Oxenford, meanwhile, will join the board and serve as a senior adviser to OLX Group and Prosus.

Because that the agreement is still in the process of shutting, the businesses can not talk to some group changes, such as possible layoffs as a consequence of overlapping places or alternative redundancies, we are told.

Updated 3/25/ / 20, 4:00 PM ET with extra quotations and history, after Huzar interview. 

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