Whatnot

Live stream platform & marketplace for collectibles

B2C
Marketplace
Toys
Social
Social Media
Consumer Goods

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Company mission

Whatnot missions is to enable anyone to turn their passion into a business and bring people together through commerce.

Employees

501-1000

HQ Location

Marina del Rey, CA

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54% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Whatnot

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Xav Kearney

CTO of Otta

The collectible toy market is large, and Whatnot has built a unique social platform that enables sellers to use livestreams to showcase their products and reach more buyers. The company’s focus is on collectible toys, some of which are rare and can cost thousands of dollars, and has also expanded to sports cards.

The idea of Whatnot was led by buyer trends. Instagram's live feature became a popular place for selling toys and trading cards, but of course was not set up to facilitate bidding or handling payments after a sale occurs. Whatnot combines live showcasing with follow-up sale capabilities, thus serving the community in a more novel way than established collectibles market players such as eBay.

The company has grown fast. It was established in 2019 and has already expanded from its original category - Funko Pop figurines - to Pokemon cards, pins, sports cards, and many more. There is still plenty of scope for expanding into new categories, as the company aims to establish itself as the go-to for this large niche, which will be facilitated by the strong levels of funding that Whatnot has raised.

Total funding - $484.2m

Last 2 fundraises

Sep 2021

$150m

SERIES C

Jul 2022

$260m

SERIES D

This company has top investors

Company benefits

  • Wellness: Health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. We also cover some of the cost for your dependents as well.
  • Compensation: Full-time Whatnauts receive equity, a WFH stipend to support your remote workspace and a monthly stipend to dogfood the app.
  • Recharge: Flexible Time Off policy, holiday week off at the end of year, and paid parental leave after 1 year with us.
  • Flexibility: Remote-first work culture. We provide a working environment where you're in charge of your time and schedule.

Company values

  • Always listen to customers
  • Move uncomfortably fast
  • Prioritize impact ruthlessly
  • Own everything and nothing
  • Set crazy goals
  • Provide extreme transparency
  • Optimize for the upside
  • Team over ego
  • Figure it out
  • Deeply understand why
  • Have fun & be nice

Founders

Grant LaFontaine

(Co-Founder & CEO)

Former Product Marketing Manager at Google, Project Manager at Facebook. Also co-founded Kit.

Logan Head

(Co-Founder)

Experience in Engineering, including at Maker's Row, Factr, and Flight Club. Former Senior Product Manager at GOAT.


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