Being able to provide a platform for the ultimate community collaboration – one that results in charity – is amazing.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 31, 2012
WebThriftStore.com, the first online thrift store platform for charities, was the winner at Thursday’s Silicon Alley Battlefield (SAB). The SAB Series is a project developed by NY Entrepreneurs Business Network (NYEBN) that brings VCs, angel investors, startups and tech enthusiasts together to share knowledge and build connections. WebThriftStore was one of seven companies presenting and took first place with nearly 50% more votes than the second place company.
The company is also proud to announce two additional members to the WebThriftStore Advisory Board – Ewan Sturgeon and Wilhelmina Waldman. Mr. Sturgeon and Ms. Waldman join an already impressive group of advisors who provide WebThriftStore with priceless guidance and support as the company continues its growth.
Ewen Sturgeon is CEO of EMEA and part of the management team that has turned LBi into the leading global Marketing and Technology Agency, with over 2000 employees in 26 countries. Mr. Sturgeon was co-founder of Wheel, one of the UK's leading full service digital marketing agencies in the 90's and 00's. During Mr. Sturgeon’s career, he has also funded various other ventures, most notable E-consultancy the world’s leading provider of information, training and events for digital marketing professionals.
Wilhelmina Waldman is the Senior Director, Special Giving with the ASPCA. Ms. Waldman was instrumental in partnering the ASPCA with WebThriftStore as one of the company’s launch charitable partners.
“The reception that WebThriftStore has received from the general public as well as the VC and philanthropic communities has been overwhelming,” said WebThriftStore Founder and CEO Douglas Krugman. “Being able to provide a platform for the ultimate community collaboration – one that results in charity – is amazing. We look forward to bringing on additional partners and working together to change the world for the better.”
Last week WebThriftStore unveiled the look of their new home page. The company continues to upgrade the design and technology of their Web site to create the most efficient and user-friendly environment for their users.
With an estimated $700 billion of stuff cluttering homes throughout the U.S., WebThriftStore offers an easy way to support all non-profit organizations, by providing them a virtual marketplace for supporters to donate and shop for products ranging from clothing, electronics, memorabilia and many more categories.
Prices on WebThriftStore are set by donors, and once items are sold, donors receive acknowledgment letters to substantiate 100 percent of their value as charitable contributions for tax purposes. Donors also receive free, prepaid mailing labels online, to print and affix to packages shipped for free via The United States Postal Service, or they can arrange local delivery of purchases directly with buyers. All purchases are backed by WebThriftStore’s 30-Day Buyer Assurance Guarantee.
WebThriftStore enables any registered charity to create an online thrift store to which supporters, from the comfort of their homes, can list items for sale to benefit charity. Buyers can shop for great bargains knowing that their payment goes to charity and all items carry a 30-Day Buyer Assurance Guarantee. Donors receive a tax receipt for 100 percent of the value of their item, prepaid shipping labels, free shipping supplies and free pickup from the United States Postal Service (USPS). Any registered 501(c)(3) charity can partner with WebThriftStore to open its own dedicated online store, with no up-front fees or subscription fees. Founded in 2010 by Douglas Krugman, an experienced company builder with deep technical, financial and business skills, the business is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit http://www.WebThriftStore.com. Follow WebThriftStore.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WebThriftStore and on Twitter @WebThriftStore.