Roman’s Rants: Banks

Image banksOh dear, it’s been a while since this blog has seen some content, and it’s been an even longer while since I wrote something that had me pissed off. Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts, it’s time for a new rant. And this is about banks and how they can make our lives hard – fucking unnecessarily!

No, I’m not talking about the old “investment bankers are responsible for a global economic crises and need their over-expensive watches shoved up their arses”. (Although this is also very true.) And I’m neither talking about me wanting something indecent such as a loan. No way. What I wanted was Bank A to change the ownership of an account – since I’ve changed a company name. After that couldn’t be done for some reasons – although I have been bugging them for over 3 months – and because of some other minor shit, I’ve decided to move my stuff over to Bank B. The latter seemed eager and offered a transfer service: we cancel the account over at Bank A and move all the funds over to Bank B for you. Seemed perfect. But it wasn’t. For about three weeks I heard absolutely nothing. Then all of a sudden my account at Bank A was gone, and the money hasn’t arrived at Bank B. Basically, an considerable amount of money is floating through the financial galaxy and I wasn’t told … a single fucking thing!!

Now, this is 2014 we’re talking about. I’ve said so before, I will say it again: mankind is sending bloody robots to Mars, and the banks in one of the richest economies in the world don’t manage to get the most basic stuff right: communicate, you dicks, be transparent, for crying out loud!! This would be so easy: just send a short email about what’s happening. Give me a call, send a fucking pigeon! I mean, here I sit, my daily business being mostly getting ecommerce websites to communicate well with their customers – because this is what fucking matters! People want to know! They want to feel comfortable about giving money away and hopefully receiving the stuff they ordered. This applies to all industries, this is the main source of innovation we witness every day. But apparently, there are still Gallic villages oblivious of what’s happening around it. Be that as it may. Change is coming fast, and they don’t have any magic potion. You deserve it, you pricks. Over and out.

(Image by 401(K) 2013)

Gaining new perspectives – summary of the ecommerce forum 2020 in Athens

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week I had the chance to participate in the first big greek ecommerce conference: the ecommerce forum 2020. I had the chance to spread the word about the development of mobile devices and their impact on the shopping sphere to greek merchants, big and small. Since Roman just recently ranted heavily about conferences, I was curious how the two days of this first timer would be.

Where the German conference scene has a handful of good and innovative conferences and also loads of just time wasting events. But the host of the conference Efstathios Intzeidis did a great job! Read more of this post

Roman’s Rants: Conference Archaeology

Yesterday I came in touch with something that got my ranting juices flowing again. I visited the Neocom in Düsseldorf, which is said to be one of the most important commerce events in Germany. And apart from seeing my punk buddies Alex & Nadine again (who have to there today as well, poor bastards) and getting a reason to rant, it was a fucking waste of time!!

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Sold, The App That Sells Your Stuff For You, Arrives On Android


I like to see that startups are also addressing the service around ecommerce and see this as an important area to innovate. Much too often we tend to get lost in little technical details and forget about how the overall experience for the customer will be. This also matches well with the “10 times better” approach of Google to new businesses.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Too lazy busy to handle selling your stuff on eBay or Craigslist, or having a yard sale? Yep, same here. That’s why a startup called Sold, launched earlier this year, had me intrigued. Its big idea is to take the whole e-commerce process out of your hands by pricing your items for you, finding a buyer, sending you packaging, handling shipping, completing the transaction, and then getting you paid. Today, Sold is launching on Android, following its iOS debut back in April.

The company was founded by Matthew Blackshaw, Tony DeVincenzi and Dávid Lakatos, who believed that a better way to add value in e-commerce marketplaces is not to try to reinvent or topple Craigslist or other established sites – something many startups, including ZaarlyYardSellr, and EggDrop, have tried and failed to do. Instead, they realized that a new approach focused on simplifying the way we…

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Poshmark, The Mobile Marketplace For Women To Sell And Swap Clothes, Crosses 1M Items Sold So Far This Year


A great concept to address this full closet issue! Do you know if there is already a copy cat in Europe or Germany? Rocket must be on it, right?

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

App downloads are key metrics for all mobile-focused startups, but not many early-stage companies in the space can cite revenue-generating figures alongside their user growth. But Poshmark, the mobile marketplace that lets women swap and sell items out of their own closets, says that over the past year it’s enjoyed a strong showing at both levels.

In an interview this past week, Poshmark CEO Manish Chandra told TechCrunch that his company’s app, which is currently available only on iOS devices in the United States, now has 250,000 women with active personal “boutiques” to sell items out of their own closets.

Those numbers are impressive, but the real power is in the transactions occurring within that user base: More than 1 million items have been sold on Poshmark since January 1st of this year, Chandra says. That puts Poshmark as a company on track to see 10X revenue growth year-over-year…

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