17th May, 2018, India: Runs, a blockchain-based e-commerce platform offering unique experiences has closed an equity round of US 1 Million from US investors. The round is backed by Panamax Capital, Beast Capital and Columbia Angels.
Runs is led by Giri Devanur who is an EY Entrepreneur of the year award winner in 2017 and an Alumnus of Columbia University. Giri was the CEO of AMERI100, a company that made its journey to NASDAQ since inception in just four years. Giri Devanur is joined by Artit Wangperawong who holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. The team at Runs includes several members of the original AMERI100 team.
Runs which was incubated at Columbia University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program will use these funds to develop its Blockchain framework that brings transparency and trust to E-Commerce. It plans to achieve this by building a decentralized platform where the power is given back to the buyers and sellers, rather than the platform keeping it for itself.
Runs will also be launching their Token Generation Event (TGE), also known as Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in May through 2 phases – presale and crowd sale. There will be a total of 75,000,000 tokens available for buyers.
“There is a massive shift away from traditional ecommerce to experiences driven community commerce. No other company has managed to capture experiences and curate them in the past. With Runs we are looking to leverage the exciting Blockchain technology to allow people to share their memorable moments within the community. Initially we will be focusing on Cricket, Cinema and Coffee enthusiasts around the world” – adds Mr. Giri Devanur: Co-founder & CEO – Runs
Dr. Art Wangperawong Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Runs.com and Stanford alumnus – “Blockchain technology is uniquely poised to disrupt swaths of industries. At Runs.com, we’re developing the platform and XKUs to address world commerce and to deliver the best experiences to people. We are committed to attracting talented individuals to join our team to make Runs.com the premier commerce platform worldwide.”
Runs will be disrupting the traditional ecommerce platforms which use SKUs as the fundamental way to identify units. Moving away from the conventional SKU, RUNS has patented a new method of identification and tracking called XKU – ‘Experience Keeping Unit’.
What is an XKU?
An XKU is a product and service identification code for an item that helps track the item for inventory. It can be assigned to both physical and non-physical products in inventory.
Unlike SKUs whose code usually reveals a product’s details, such as color, size, style, price, manufacturer and brand, an XKU includes the basic elements of SKU and three S-factors; Story, Source, and Sustainability.
Each XKU has a unique experience attached to it and is secured on the Blockchain as a ledger entry.
About Runs: Runs is the world’s first Blockchain-based e-commerce platform for experiences targeting over 2 billion people. Runs is head-quartered in Singapore with offices in New York and Bangalore, intends to initially bring together Coffee, Cinema & Cricket enthusiasts around the world on its platform. Runs aims to build a global community of people around their interest areas in 25 countries and 125 cities.
PR Contact – Sonali Agarwal