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New Solution Brings Friends Together for Online Window Shopping

“Using ZeBeDoo’s patent-pending technology combined with the new visual web, we bring together a new shopping world that goes beyond traditional eCommerce," said Gary Zilk, CEO, ZeBeDoo.

ZeBeDooTM today announced the launch of a new online social commerce solution that lets consumers shop online in ways never before possible, including the ability to share a shopping experience in real-time, plus share personalized collections and comment on merchandise with friends. A live activity feed gives you a pulse of shopping activity among those you know and trust.

ZeBeDoo addresses one of the major frustrations of online consumers: How can I re-create the enjoyment and social interaction I experience when I shop offline with my friends when I shop online? ZeBeDoo answers their question in three important ways:

Create Shared Shopping Experiences – Instantly!
ZeBeDoo’s patent-pending LetsShop!TM feature lets users instantly experience online shopping excursions live with a friend anywhere at any time – just as if they were shopping in the real world. No technical plug-ins required. Ask advice on a fashion choice. Recommend one of your discoveries. Chat back and forth about a good gift choice for a mutual friend. Or just goof around in sharing different reactions to products you may either love or loathe. Real-time personal interaction and friendly feedback change the way users think about online shopping.

Share Shopping Discoveries and Become a Trend Setter
ZeBeDoo helps users find, save, catalogue and share their favorite shopping discoveries using its new zBoard feature that builds upon the visual web. A zBoard is a virtual scrapbook of items that allows you to save things you find interesting and may like to buy in the future – or simply share with friends. You can explore and follow the dynamic zBoards created by other ZeBeDoo shoppers. Spot new, hot or unusual items. Curate your own treasure trove of great finds for others to discover, or simply have fun adding your own comments on crazy choices made on a friend’s zBoard. If shopping is sport then ZeBeDoo helps you easily keep score -- or buy more.

Navigate the World’s Largest Online Store Like Never Before
This first release of ZeBeDoo combines the world’s largest online store, Amazon.comTM, with access to the social graph of the world’s largest social network, FacebookTM, giving social media users a way to connect with shopping friends, merchandise and buying incentives in new ways. For example, each ZeBeDoo shopper enjoys a 10% rebate on any products purchased through ZeBeDoo during its launch phase. Subsequent ZeBeDoo releases plan for adding other major eCommerce vendors and social networks.

“When I first tried ZeBeDoo it reminded me of taking a fun trip to the mall with my shopping girlfriends,” said Pookie Foster, a Portland, Oregon, working mom who used the solution during its alpha test period. “With two kids and a career, it’s impossible to go on a good old-fashioned shopping trip anymore. Now, with ZeBeDoo, I get the best of both offline and online shopping in one place,” continued Foster. “On a recent ZeBeDoo online shopping trip with my friend Kim virtually tagging along, she helped me avoid buying ‘mom jeans’ and pointed me to a cool fashion discovery on her zBoard instead. Great advice – and hot jeans!”

“eCommerce provided people with a new way to shop. But the old brick and mortar shopping approach didn’t die,” said Gary Zilk, CEO, ZeBeDoo. “Using ZeBeDoo’s patent-pending technology combined with the new visual web, we bring together a new shopping world that goes beyond traditional eCommerce. It’s the next generation experience for online consumer shopping that provides the ease of eCommerce with the social interaction of the offline shopping world.”

ZeBeDoo is currently seeking to close its seed round investment and plans to use the funds for expanding employee hiring and building out its mobile apps.

About ZeBeDoo
ZeBeDoo (http://zebedoo.com) was founded by Gary Zilk and Gabriel Jakobson in 2011, after Gabriel noticed the extreme disparity between where web technologies have evolved and where traditional eCommerce sites were stuck. ZeBeDoo is seed funded and has five patent applications pending for social eCommerce. Please direct inquiries to inquiry(at)zebedoo(dot)com.

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