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Check Out the New BeenVerified!

Over the past couple months, we’ve been working pretty hard on a thorough BeenVerified redesign. Now, we’re proud to announce that our work has paid off: announcing a new, more awesome-looking BeenVerified!

Our users still receive the same services, such as background reports and reverse phone checks. However, now you can navigate through BeenVerified a little easier, such as viewing all your reports in a drop-down box and checking out your recent activity right when you sign-in. Plus, we’ve revamped our press page as well as our team section so you can get to know us better. Continue reading Check Out the New BeenVerified!

ZocDoc Demonstrates the Value in Containing The Transaction

Earlier this month, TechCrunch posted a terrific interview with ZocDoc founder Cyris Massoumi, which I found particularly insightful. ZocDoc teaches us a lot about running a great business that is worthy of analysis, and to continue the conversation about user reviews, let’s focus the discussion on the significance of how ZocDoc handles them: Continue reading ZocDoc Demonstrates the Value in Containing The Transaction

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Not All Reviews Are Created Equal

I love my wife very much, but like most couples, there are certain characteristics that make me feel like we are the subject of a certain Paula Abdul hit single from her debut album “Forever Your Girl.” One prime example is our feelings toward “user reviews.” Jessica will automatically read all the reviews before making any decision, ranging from restaurant choice, selecting an exterminator, to selecting a hotel. While she can be somewhat discerning about individual reviews, ultimately they have a direct impact on her actions.

I, for the most part, could care less about user reviews. Parts of the reason are natural personality traits and the other has to do with the process of leaving a review itself. My wife asked why “I care a lot about Airbnb reviews” while I “refuse to even look at a Yelp review.” Well, the real reason is simple: not all reviews are created equal. Let’s break this down a little bit: Continue reading Not All Reviews Are Created Equal

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The Low-Down on “Peer Based Verification”

Meet Janet Jones. She’s the Chief Marketing Officer of BeenVerified, a former marketing executive at Goldman Sachs and a Harvard Business School alum. In the early days of BeenVerified, you could see Janet’s impressive LinkedIn profile for yourself. Unfortunately, Janet’s profile no longer exists, but we’ll get back to why in a second.

Like any savvy professional, Janet used her LinkedIn profile to leverage her Harvard Business School network by connecting with other alumni, students, and faculty. Can you blame her? In fact, within one week, Janet connected with 14 other LinkedIn profiles associated with Harvard. Continue reading The Low-Down on “Peer Based Verification”

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My Awesome Experience with Task Rabbit

Yup, I left my bag at the diner! It happens to the best of us, but of of course, I did such a typical move. I was in a huge rush and as per usual, my mind was in a thousand different places.  Three hours later, I was headed home for the day and something felt not right, something felt “light.” That’s when it hit me. I left my prized possesion at a restaurant in Long Island City, which was nowhere near me at that time. I already have a million things to do and making a trip out to Long Island City and back just to pick up my bag was not something I felt like adding to this list.

Continue reading My Awesome Experience with Task Rabbit