The Laundry Chute is a peer-to-peer laundry service that lets busy college students have their laundry done and other students earn extra cash by doing other’s laundry in their spare time. After downloading the app, students receive a Laundry Chute bag with a QR code linked to their account. They can then drop off their laundry in a locker and schedule their wash using the app, which notifies them when their laundry is ready. TLC Student Laundry Processors enroll in a brief training program, then accept jobs at the locker locations of their choice on their own schedule, getting paid instantly.
Streamlist is a live-streamed fashion marketplace that allows buyers and sellers to connect in real time. Using the Streamlist app, sellers can launch a livestream video to showcase an item and chat with potential buyers, answering any questions they may have about the item in real time before they make a purchase. Each live-streamed video contains a list of all of the items for sale, so buyers can click on a desired product to purchase instantly.
HitRecord is a media platform that allows artists to collaborate on creative projects, and earn money if their projects are sold. Users upload original pieces of art, such as songs, video games or short films, and invite other users to remix or edit their work. If a final product is sold, anyone who was involved in its creation receives a share of the proceeds based on the size of their contributions.
SoundCloud, a music streaming platform, offers independent creators a chance to monetize their music through its SoundCloud Premier program. Artists with at least 5,000 streams a month can join, and are able to then earn a share of the revenue generated by their music.
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Lexus Complete Lease offers a customers a monthly bill that includes all the necessary components of buying a new car, taking the hassle out of vehicle ownership.
Energy corporation Chevron created a digital e-Gift card, enabling customers to seamlessly pay for fuel and car washes through the Chevron app and link to their loyalty program profiles.
Digital gifting platform Swych accepts crypto payments to offer users more options for sending friends mobile gift cards. The platform enables gift givers to purchase mobile gift cards from over 600 participating retailers, and recipients can exchange (or ‘swych’) their cards for another retailer if they prefer.
Global blockchain payments provider BitPay allows Brazilian consumers to buy gifts cards for Mercado Livre, one of the largest online commerce ecosystems in Latin America, using Bitcoin. This integration allows Brazilian Bitcoin customers to use cryptocurrency to pay for everyday purchases, such as metro rides, and makes it easy for expats to send gift cards to their families in Brazil.
Digital currency exchange company Coinbase has partnered with UK-based gift card startup WeGift to allow European customers to use cryptocurrency to buy virtual gift cards from over 120 retailers.
Mobile gifting and payment platform Bitmo enables users to easily send virtual gift cards from their mobile wallets just by entering a recipient’s phone number. Recipients can split the card value between retailers or exchange them for a different retailer for no fee without informing the giver.
Chase Bank allows checking account holders to send digital gift cards from over 60 retailers through its app or website. Senders can choose the “gifting” option when sending payments, and receivers get an email with a numerical code to use at an online retailer’s checkout or a barcode to scan at checkout in store.
Consumer electronics retailers GameStop created a customer appreciation program called PowerUp Rewards that lets members score reward points which can be redeemed for coupons and digital currency. Players sign up and can score points by purchasing at GameStop. Points are calculated based on the purchase and applied to the member’s account.
Game publisher Epic Games created gift cards that can be redeemed for V-Bucks, the premium currency for its game Fortnite, allowing players to exchange them for virtual perks, like custom in-game skins for their digital character. Starting with the 2019 holiday season, Epic Games will also sell the gift cards in-store and online through select retailers.