Liz Gannes

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Ridejoy Collects $1.3M for Matchmaking Road-Trippers

A good way to raise start-up funding these days seems to be saying you do “collaborative consumption.” (It’s about helping people share underutilized resources; probably the best-known example is Airbnb.) The latest such deal is San Francisco-based Ridejoy‘s seed round of $1.3 million from Freestyle Capital, Lerer Ventures, SV Angel and others. Ridejoy matches drivers and passengers — who are screened using their Facebook profiles — for trips of at least 50 miles on the West Coast of the U.S. A direct competitor is Zimride.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus