Reprinted MarkITx Press Release from November 06, 2012
MarkITx Raises $1.06 Million in Angel Funding
Funding Will Lead to Disruption in $348 Billion IT Industry
MarkITx, a transparent marketplace for buyers, sellers and wholesalers of secondary IT equipment, today announced that it has raised more than $1.06 million in angel funding led by Michael Balkin, Francis Wisnewski, Jack Keenan, John Ward and joined by other prominent Chicago Business Leaders.
Founded in 2012, MarkITx has developed a technology platform with a unique and proprietary algorithm to offer predictive pricing around the exact value of the depreciating IT. It allows for a major market disruption in a marketplace where there are currently no trusted, neutral parties, no clear brand leader or governance.
MarkITx’s unique platform manages the exchange of IT hardware, providing buyers and sellers with a real-time, transparent view of the secondary market. Using the platform, sellers are able to ship equipment to MarkITx’s OEM-certified partners where everything is inspected and refurbished before being sent on to the buyer. When delivery is accepted, money is released from escrow. Gartner estimates the secondary IT market is $348 Billion worldwide.
“We founded MarkITx with the vision to address a much needed void in the IT marketplace,” remarked serial entrepreneur and MarkITx Founder/CEO, Frank Muscarello. “MarkITx will effectively level the secondary, IT playing field by accurately and clearly communicating supply and demand to determine actual value.
Since kicking-off in April, MarkITx has already approximately $10M in Demand and $900,000 in Supply posted on its platform with a majority coming from Cisco Networking equipment and Apple iPads for the B2B space. MarkITx is using its seed financing to scale its team to meet customer demand and further build out its platform.
The leadership team consists of experienced entrepreneurs, Ben Blair, Marc Brooks and Muscarello, all of whom bring an understanding of both the trading and technology industries.
Muscarello commented on the fundraising “This is the first step in taking MarkITx toward the ultimate goal of revolutionizing the way that hardware is traded Globally. This funding is a small step towards achieving our goals and we look forward to changing the dynamics of the IT community. I want to thank our members for believing in MarkITx and our team, as well as our initial investors for their continued support.”
MarkITx is the premier online marketplace for buyers, sellers and wholesalers of secondary IT equipment. Launched in 2012, the site is already causing a major market disruption in the IT marketplace with over $1.0 million in transactions, $10.0 million in demand, and just under $1.0 million in supply. For more information, visit http://Markitx.com.