LiveNinja CEO Will Weinraub, at right, with CCO Alfonso Martinez and CTO Emilio Cueto.
LiveNinja, a Miami-based startup led by CEO Will Weinraub, announced Friday that it has closed a seed round of $500,000. And along with that news, the company announced its official public launch of its real-time video chat marketplace where users can market and monetize expert skills, experience and knowledge to those seeking services.
LiveNinja explained its business this way: By eliminating geographical barriers, LiveNinja gives users global reach, utilizing real-time video chat technology as the medium to feature and sell “Ninja” expert skills and services to customers on the site. Each Ninja can set their own rate, at any combination based on a per minute, half hour and hour rate, combined with their weekly availability for video chat sessions on their personal profile page. Customers seeking experts in a wide variety of skills, such as medicine, law, finance, fashion, fitness or cooking can easily browse through the Ninja profiles to find an expert at the price level best suited for their needs. This gives customers access to skillful service providers in a more convenient and cost effective manner than ever before.
LiveNinja accelerates job creation by empowering any individual with all the tools they need for an online service-based business, said Weinraub, one of the co-founders. “Through LiveNinja you can be assured to connect to the right person, with the right skill set to effectively provide you with the service you seek.”
The funding round included angels from the Miami area, where LiveNinja is based, as well as a few from New York and South America. Investors include Marco Giberti, Giuliano Stiglitz, DadNeos, Scott Bernstein, and others. TechCrunch broke the news -- read more here.