Launches Online Group-Buying Tools for Enthusiast Communities at Techcruch Disrupt Conference

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Following three months of alpha testing in Rhode Island, DealBird sheds its look and feel as a consumer-driven deal website to focus on providing buyers and sellers in enthusiast communities with e-commerce, group-buying tools.

Monday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, DealBird released a new website designed to help buyers and sellers in enthusiast communities start, manage, and complete group buys. ( ) gives buyers and sellers the tools they need to save money through group buying.

“This week's launch focuses on a handful of communities that are already actively engaged in group buys such as automotive, outdoor, homeschool, and fitness enthusiasts,” said Chad Billmyer, CEO and co-founder of DealBird. “Buyers and sellers in these and other enthusiast communities currently suffer from a lack of online tools to start, manage, and complete group buys.”

During the last three months of testing in Rhode Island, users were generous and vocal with their feedback. Today’s release incorporates tons of that input and expands the availability of DealBird’s group-buying tools. Here is an example of how buyers and sellers use DealBird:

1. A vendor of BMW car parts has extra inventory.
2. He uses DealBird to set up and host a group buy.
3. To promote the group buy, he links to or embeds the DealBird-hosted group buy in forums, blogs, Facebook pages, LinkedIn groups, websites, and other online meeting places of automobile owners.
4. Multiple BMW owners purchase the part and receive a group discount.

“In the absence of a platform for group buys, buyers and sellers in our enthusiast networks are currently managing and collecting payment for their buying groups in manual ways,” said Alvin Fong, Vice President of the Auto Enthusiast Network at Internet Brands, an operator of over 100 vertical websites. “DealBird drastically reduces the administrative burden for all parties and facilitates the natural group-buy work flow.”

“Amid new e-commerce sites, DealBird stands out among the noise as a unique platform that can significantly benefit buyers and sellers,” said David Bookspan, Founding Partner of Dreamit Ventures. “I am particularly impressed by the innovative way that DealBird is processing payments. They can fund merchants very quickly, which significantly improves cash flow for participating businesses.”

“The DealBird co-founders consistently push the envelope with creative ways to process payments and fund their merchant partners,” said Angela Gross at Vantiv, DealBird’s payment technology partner. “DealBird is a perfect example of why Vantiv exists, to respond to the rapid innovation that technology companies are seeking to handle electronic consumer payments.”

DealBird launched Monday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, which runs from September 12-14. The company will be attending as one of 100 companies demonstrating their products in a section of the conference known as “StartUp Alley.” After successfully raising over half a million dollars from friends, family and angels, DealBird will compete for the attention of potential investors and strategic business partners in StartUp Alley.

About DealBird

DealBird ( ) gives buyers and sellers in enthusiast communities all the tools they need to start, manage, and complete group buys. DealBird is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. Follow DealBird on Facebook ( ) or on Twitter ( ).

About TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011( ) is TechCrunch’s second annual conference in San Francisco attracting over 2,500 leading technology innovators and investors and over 150 new startups. The main conference is preceded by the popular Hackathon -- a 24-hour competition where over 500 top developers present new innovations. TechCrunch Disrupt follows with a format that combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate the most timely disruptions in the technology industry. Afternoons host the Startup Battlefield where 30 plus new companies will launch for the first time on stage, selected to present from more than 1000 applications received from around the world. Another 100 early-stage startups will exhibit in Startup Alley. TechCrunch will award a $50,000 grand prize along with other award recognitions at the conclusion of the conference. The Hackathon is Sept 10-11; the main conference is Sept 12-14 2011 at San Francisco Design Center Concourse, 635 8th Street (at Brannan), San Francisco, CA 94107.

TechCrunch ( is a leading technology media network dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. Founded by Michael Arrington in 2005, TechCrunch and its network of websites reach over 13 million unique visitors and more than 30 million page views per month. TechCrunch was acquired by AOL in 2011 and operates a global network of websites including dedicated properties in Europe and Japan, as well as specialized industry websites including MobileCrunch, CrunchGear, GreenTech, TechCrunchIT, and CrunchBase. TechCrunch's CrunchBase is the leading open database about startup companies, people, and investors. In addition to TechCrunch Disrupt, TechCrunch hosts other conferences and events, including the Crunchies Awards ( and various meet-ups worldwide, serving as community platforms for industry conversation and collaboration.


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