This Brown-RISD startup amassed 400 users in six months

When Brown University seniors Madeline Griswold and Sarah Hall arrived on campus last September, both found themselves in need of an online marketplace. Griswold had extra clothes she wanted to sell, while Hall had an apartment to furnish. However, the two found bigger, more common exchanges like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and eBay too vast and unknown, and they ultimately didn’t consider them to be safe enough. So, Griswold and Hall teamed up and founded Zaar, a marketplace exclusively for students at Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to buy and sell items from one another.
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