NextMontreal reported this morning that Montreal's Buyosphere has completed their seed financing round, raising $325k led by Real Ventures. Also involved in the round are Jesse Kaplan of Seek Capital, John Granger of Grassfed Capital, David Chamandy of Machkor Holdings and Thomas Merlin.
According to their about us page Buyosphere is where people help people shop - We connect people who know something about stuff, where to find great deals or interesting pieces with people who need to find something that is right for them, but don't know where to start.
The newly funded Buyosphere is in the process of a pivot - it was previously focused on providing a shopping and fashion-focused community with links to purchase history but without invasive cookies. The company’s pared-down mission is now providing a Q&A platform for shoppers. Co-founder (and authour) Tara Hunt calls it “a Quora for shopping.”
Buyosphere was co-founded by Hunt, Cassandra Girard and Jerome Paradis as Shwowp, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in September of 2010.