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Will started WorthPoint Corporation in 2007. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on WorthPoint Corporation?
Around 2002, a convergence of professional and personal factors aligned to inspire what became WorthPoint.com.
I had a growing family and wanted to settle down after many years and frequent moves in corporate America. I also had a lot of fun and enjoyed lucrative success selling items on eBay, juxtaposed with increasing frustration over the laborious process researching items of unknown value.
To start a business you must be equal parts entrepreneurial and optimistic. Things usually take longer than planned and only gain complexity as they take shape.
A tipping point occurred when my mother held a garage sale in Maine – some savvy dealers took advantage of her naiveté and practically stole some of her expensive coins and Tiffany & Co. glass. I thought to myself, “The world needs a way to avoid costly mistakes of selling or buying an item at the wrong price!”
My goal in starting WorthPoint was twofold. First, I wanted to make it more efficient for anyone to find data on items they were selling via eBay or other sites, and second, I wanted to bring resources to the masses that would help identify, value, and preserve items in their home. The reselling of “used” items is one of the largest industries in the world – I would estimate the market at up to $1 trillion. Obviously, that is big business, and we wanted WorthPoint to be part of it.
We wanted to help people precisely identify an item while democratizing pricing information and making it available to any collector who needed it. This wasn’t happening in our industry, and we knew we could speed up the process. We set out to become to our industry what Bloomberg is to the financial world.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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