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Vegas startup Rumgr raises $500K for a better, prettier Craigslist app

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Startup classifieds service Rumgr has just received funding to be a sort of suped-up Craigslist. It’s a mobile and web location-based marketplace that lets you snap images of your unwanted stuff, browse pictures of other people’s unwanted stuff, sell, trade, barter, and buy to your heart’s content.

You can post items for sale with just a picture if you like, no description needed, then you field offers from would-be buyers. When you decide to accept an offer, the app has a private chat mode for you to arrange for payment and pickup.

The app also has an “Inside Your Garage” feature to track your items, your sales, and others’ items you’re watching.

And perhaps best of all, the location-based aspect means you stand a better chance of not having to drive an hour and a half across town to pick up that $50 vintage davenport from a sketchy dude’s garage. Yes, with Rumgr, you can do all that within a five-minute drive, instead.

The startup has just raised an initial $500,000 round of funding from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Resort Gaming Group founder Andrew Donner, and a handful of other Zappos executives.

The new funding will be used to expand Rumgr’s service to new markets across the U.S. and also to continue product development efforts.

Since Zappos and RGG both have strong roots in Las Vegas, it makes sense that both the investors and the startup founders are excited about putting time and effort into building a presence in the Vegas startup scene.

“What makes VegasTech so interesting is how organically it started and how fast-tracked it has been with Tony Hsieh’s efforts,” said Rumgr CEO Dylan Bathurst in an email to VentureBeat.

“It started with a group of tech and creative people based in Vegas who were sick of not having a community. We started gathering downtown at [the Last Vegas Jelly coworking space], and simply by twerd-out-mouth (Twitter word of mouth) our community grew quickly.”

Around that time, Zappos was making its move into downtown Las Vegas. “Tony, the Downtown Project, and Zappos were able to support a lot of efforts people were starting, such as Startup Weekend, Ignite Vegas, LaunchUp, etc.,” Bathurst said.

“We were some of the first people in this community,” the CEO continued. “Whether it’s getting user or more professional feedback about the product, we have it. We’re also very good about making sure we give that help right back to the community.

“It’s one thing to move away from Vegas to be completely immersed in the SF tech culture, but there’s also something very exciting about being involved in building your own tech community from the ground up.”

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