San Francisco-based mobile retail app Just Sales has rebranded to ShopJester, and announces that it has raised $600,000 in seed funding.
ShopJester has been backed by co-founders Bob Pack, former VP of Sales at NetZero, and Roger Smith, previously a CEO of Silicon Valley Bank. Additional backers include Catherine Chang —a former Corporate Controller at Twitter, Harjit Deo formerly an Intel Executive, and Florian Leibert, the founder of MesoSphere and ex-Twitter data science engineer.
The service is an online shopping platform that allows customers to search products from 32 different retailers—including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, Best Buy, and Sports Authority—all in one convenient place, without having to visit the individual stores’ sites. The company is unaffiliated with the brands it works with, and is powered by its own search engine.
The app aggregates the “Sales and New Arrival” items separately from each retailer, allowing users to sort quickly through these offerings. Customers can click a product for more information, and be prompted to similar products. The Buy button sends users to the retailer’s shopping cart, so they can purchase directly from the vendor.
ShopJester differs from other online shopping platforms by virtue of its rewards system powered by Tango Card, and also its design that lets users browse more than 500,000 available products, which are updated on a weekly basis. In a mobile retail market, which, according to a study by Jupiter Research, is set to exceed $14 billion this year, ShopJester is poised to be on the forefront of mobile e-commerce.
“While mobile shopping is a rapidly growing trend, there is currently nothing on the market that helps customers search for products from a variety of retailers from one centralized location. With ShopJester, we are focused on providing a more efficient and intuitive online shopping experience,” says CEO and former VP of Sales at NetZero, Bob Pack. “We aim to improve online shopping for consumers, and also reward them for their activity and purchases to help them save money. Our partnership with Tango Card and our recent seed funding further enables us to offer this positive user experience,” adds Pack.