Bunz Trading Zone, (known to many as "Bunz" now) has come quite a long way since founder Emily Bitze started it back in 2013. The community has grown, evolved and the Bunz sharing economy has even began infiltrating cities across the globe. What started out as one woman's idea to get some food is now a team of rad people who are dedicated to building a great home for the Bunz community. The team has been humbled by the support and enthusiasm of people from all over.
This brings us to the very important question...WHAT IS BUNZ ANYWAY? This post is meant to help you better understand who we are, what we are doing and what we have planned for the future.
Yeah! What is Bunz? 🕵
You can answer that question a number of different ways. It really depends on if you're talking about our 200 Facebook groups or the Bunz App, or if you are referring to BUNZ in its current state or talking about where we are going in the future with it… Everyone seems to have a different idea of what we are up to, so I thought it would be a good time to answer your questions.
Here is a short list of the ways I’ve heard people describe Bunz;
a. Bunz is a trading and barter platform
b. Bunz is a social City Network
c. A peer-to-peer recycling program
d. Facebook for strangers
e. Bunz is a Craigslist / Kijiji killer
f. A place to meet new people
g. All of the above
So which one is it? 🤔
Bunz is essentially a City Network. Although it’s true that Bunz is a local trading platform right now on the App, it’s more than that on Facebook. When you look at our Bunz Facebook communities you see that it really is bigger than trading things - It’s a place to find a job, to get an apartment or roommate, to shared rides, talk to other local people that share your interests, to ask for help from others, meet interesting people and there are even classes that people host, so you to learn something new like dancing or cooking. Bunz is a sum of its parts, and in aggregate, it’s bigger than trading things. We are working really hard to catch up to this with bunz.com, and it's going to take some time, but we are on the right path to getting there. We are really stoked because we think Bunz can become a new kind of relationship to each other that didn’t exist before - it brings people together based on the city you reside in, and the needs we share.
Why did you create an app for Bunz? 📱
The answer to that one is really simple. Bunz will forever be subject to the framework/limitations of Facebook if we didn't build it a platform of its own; we wanted to unlock what is possible, so we got to work on building it. For Bunz to reach its full potential it needed to become its own thing. That means a lot of really hard work for us, but we find tons of encouragement in the support of the Bunz community. We are really focused on making Bunz into something you absolutely love using and want to share with others.
New app coming soon, see below! 👇
What kinda things are available on the Bunz App? 📺 👠 👗 🕶 🍍 🚴
All the things! You can pretty much use it to find anything could want… People have traded pretty much anything you can think of, we have even seen 30ft sailboats, sports cars, and other really surprising things.
How are you funding Bunz? 💰 💰 💰
You have probably heard that we received funding from an angel investor. 👏 We are super humbled and excited to have the opportunity to pursue our vision for building a city network, the future is bright!
So how is it going so far? 🚀🤘
We are off to a great start and have a lot of work ahead of us to realize our vision. To date, the Bunz app has seen 350,000 items, 3.5 million personal messages, and over 85,000 trades. Take a look for yourself! This is a tool we built called the God Panel that lets us see what Bunz actually looks like overlaid on a map - You're looking at Toronto with Bunz posts mapped over with what we call ‘dark mode’ for easy viewing. It looks alive like a bacteria or virus, doesn't it? A number of other cities are starting to light up the map, and we are carefully watching the growth to understand more about how this idea is spreading.
How will Bunz make money? 💸 💵
We have some big and crazy ideas around how Bunz can make money, and in order to sustain ourselves the answer is yes. However, right now we are only focused on building an amazing product. This is probably one of the most common questions we get asked… I think most people are asking this with the context of Bunz being a cashless, trade-only app. For us, it's bigger than just trading things so we don't let that limit the possibilities of what Bunz will become in the future.
Will I be able to make money on Bunz too? 🤑
Yep, that’s definitely part of our plan! We have been meeting with the community regularly to design features and functionality that will enable our users to earn money through Bunz by offering up an experience or classes with others - think of it as a microbusiness platform to get your big start! Our community is full of really smart, creative and talented people, we want to enable them to do what they love for a living - that's going to be something we call ‘Bunz experiences’ which will launch in the coming months!
Experiences Sneak peek below! 👇
I love Bunz and want to get involved, how can I help? 👯 😻
Reach out to us, as we are always looking for community leaders in new cities. You can drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will get you all the information you need. If you're interested in participating in a Beta for a new Bunz product reach out to email@example.com and we will get you setup!
What’s the best part of working at Bunz? 😜 🎉
Working with our team at HQ is the best. They rule. It's definitely organized chaos at times, but its almost always fun. They are extremely talented and motivated people who are passionate about Bunz and building our vision. They are also hilarious and love to laugh. Cracking jokes and trolling each other is how we get through the tough days. We are constantly learning from each other. We also love meeting people from the community! We have met so many awesome people through Bunz and they have been a huge inspiration for us.
What's in the future for Bunz 🔮 ✨
We don't to try to predict the future, we just pay close attention to our community and work hard as a team - that's our magic formula right now. The future isn't something we are trying to predict, it's something we are trying to make...
Who is the Bunz Team? 👪 👪 👨👩👧 👨👩👦👦
They are a dangerously talented team, here we go…
This is Emily! She is the founder and mother of Bunz.
This is Rishabh, he is our product and design guru
Meet Aubrey, he runs QA which keeps us looking good
Camille is the Bunz Web Front-End developer
Say hello to David, he is our international personality and marketing manager
Sarena is our Marketing Wizard
Chris BARLESS is our Machine Learning and AI engineer
Canute is our Backend Engineer who also happens to be a totally dreamy silver fox
You probably don't know his face but you know Kohji is the voice of the Bunz Podcast!
Sascha is the Captain of the ship, he keeps us pointed in the right direction
Kanghee is our incredibly talented Android developer
Francis is the Bunz iOS developer and he is usually very excited about everything
Eli is our community and contest master
Zeus our office wolf and Birdy the lil' pup