USC graduate and co-founder says "Tradeversity" is growing
Mike and his brother and co-founder of Tradeversity, Evan.
Tradeversity is spending it's last days in the USC Columbia Technology Incubator
Mike demonstrating how to use the Tradeversity application.
Mike Myers, co-founder of Tradeversity and UofSC alumni, says that the online marketplace is operating in five different around the southeast now.
Myers says the company was founded after he decided to sell some backpacks to make some extra cash while he was in college. He said he didn't think eBay, Facebook, or Craigslist were good ways to sell the items.
That's when Mike and his brother Evan came up with the idea for Tradeversity.
"When you look around, it could be anything. Whether it's a computer, a skyscraper outside, a car you see, literally anything in the world was created by someone with the same amount of time in a day as you. If they can do it, why can't you," Myers said.
In order to have an account, a user must have an active .edu email account. This was to keep Tradeversity users safe. The application has the option to view a buyer and seller's profile so you aren't meeting a stranger. Also, the account has the option where you can pay for the item with a credit card for convenience.
After winning USC's Proving Ground competition in 2014 Tradeversity won a space in the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator for free for an entire year. Now, that year is coming up and Mike and Tradeversity is planning on moving to a new Columbia location.
Mike hopes that one day Tradeversity's main office will one day move to New York, Austin, or Washington, D.C. but for now they will stay in Columbia.