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Rastin Mehr

Rastin Mehr

November 10 2015
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  • Last Comment by Scott Crawford
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Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford
November 11 2015 Permalink
Need to add a button to Anahita for "Major Like" for this one...
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Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
November 12 2015 Permalink
I love the concept of "single user utility first" because then you would focus on solving a specific problem and see the results before the network effect takes place.
Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford
November 12 2015 Permalink
I learned quite a bit experimenting with Magento and a multi-vendor extension, as well as trying to sell a few items myself. It is certainly tough to get one of these started.

I do still feel that a niche-oriented marketplace immediately surrounded by a number of valuable non-marketplace services and content oriented toward the niche collectively have the ability to gain significant market share.

A correctly executed platform is only one aspect of the approach, but a significant one. The others are a heavy dose of networking, an unwavering belief in the concept, a willingness to use the tools you're trying to convince others to use, a dash of creativity, and an acceptance that while some things might fail they should be taken as an exercise in learning... and applied going forward. Hopefully, once I figure out the correct formula I'll be in a position to share more.
Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
November 12 2015 Permalink
What is Magento's market share currently?
Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford
November 12 2015 Permalink
I'm unsure, but recall eBay at one point had bought Magento, I believe, which may have since changed. Separately, I've come across a few job postings with Accenture requiring familiarity with the platform so I suspect it's measurable.

I had tried Magento along with uMarketplace Suite. The latter was very well suited for it's intended use-case: multiple vendors selling through a centrally organized marketplace along with centrally managed fulfillment workflows, tax considerations, etc. But, my conclusion was that for my project's purposes something more bottoms-up rather than top-down makes sense. I may have mentioned elsewhere, but Magento - while very capable - was incredibly complex. Their default database had something northward of a hundred of database tables.
Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford
November 12 2015 Permalink
... and setting up a single product listing entailed around a dozen separate steps...
Rastin Mehr
Rastin Mehr
November 12 2015 Permalink
If you try to accommodate all types of business models the software becomes complex. With a bit of coding you can build a custom solutions with less complexity.
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Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford
November 12 2015 Permalink
I believe Lamps.com is built upon Magento, and probably uMarketplace Suite as well. An example of how well a platform can be built on each - but together they're not intrinsically a social marketplace :).

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