Japan’s Mercari mobile app to take on U.S. Craigslist

12 Aug 2014

Tokyo, Japan-based mobile app developer Mercari has just launched a flea market app for both IOS and Android. The start-up intends to take on Craigslist in the U.S. , according to Quartz. In March, Mercari received $14 million funding from Global Brain, Globis Capital Partners,and other investors.   In Japan, where mobile app growth has outpaced the U.S. development, Mercari now has 4 million users. Each month the mobile flea market is…

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Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill has been a senior writer / analyst with the AIM Group since 2004, except for a two-year time-out to serve as sales and marketing manager for Suburban Newspapers of America. She worked at newspapers in California, the Carolinas and Indiana as a classified advertising sales supervisor and manager, and in newspaper circulation in Alaska. At the SNA, she was responsible for bringing in new members; lining up exhibitors, and helping develop programs for the classified conference and the classified alliance. She is also co-author of “Implementing and Managing Telework: A Guide for those who make it Happen” (Praeger Press) and a prolific blogger and social media user. She is based in Phoenix.