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Epinions.com was a general consumer review site established in 1999.wikipedia
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Ramanathan V. Guha

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Epinions was founded in 1999 during the dot-com bubble by Nirav Tolia (who left Yahoo and $10M of unvested shares), Naval Ravikant (formerly of @Home where he left $4M in options), Ramanathan Guha (from Netscape by way of AOL where he left ~$4M in stock options), Mike Speiser (formerly of McKinsey), and Dion Lim (formerly of Morgan Stanley) with $8 million in seed financing from venture capitalists Benchmark Capital and August Capital.
He was a co-founder of Epinions and Alpiri.

Reputation system

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Epinions.com’s reputation system was not abuse-proof, but the company maintained a customer care unit in the event a dispute did arise.

Shopping.com

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Epinions was acquired by Shopping.com (known as DealTime at the time of the acquisition) in 2003, which in turn was acquired by eBay in 2005.
Under the leadership of its CEO, Daniel T. Ciporin, in April 2003, DealTime acquired the California-based consumer product review site Epinions.com.

Consumer

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Epinions.com was a general consumer review site established in 1999.

EBay

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Epinions was acquired by Shopping.com (known as DealTime at the time of the acquisition) in 2003, which in turn was acquired by eBay in 2005.

Review

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At Epinions, visitors could read new and old reviews about a variety of items to help them decide on a purchase.

Dot-com bubble

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Epinions was founded in 1999 during the dot-com bubble by Nirav Tolia (who left Yahoo and $10M of unvested shares), Naval Ravikant (formerly of @Home where he left $4M in options), Ramanathan Guha (from Netscape by way of AOL where he left ~$4M in stock options), Mike Speiser (formerly of McKinsey), and Dion Lim (formerly of Morgan Stanley) with $8 million in seed financing from venture capitalists Benchmark Capital and August Capital.

AngelList

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Epinions was founded in 1999 during the dot-com bubble by Nirav Tolia (who left Yahoo and $10M of unvested shares), Naval Ravikant (formerly of @Home where he left $4M in options), Ramanathan Guha (from Netscape by way of AOL where he left ~$4M in stock options), Mike Speiser (formerly of McKinsey), and Dion Lim (formerly of Morgan Stanley) with $8 million in seed financing from venture capitalists Benchmark Capital and August Capital.

Morgan Stanley

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Epinions was founded in 1999 during the dot-com bubble by Nirav Tolia (who left Yahoo and $10M of unvested shares), Naval Ravikant (formerly of @Home where he left $4M in options), Ramanathan Guha (from Netscape by way of AOL where he left ~$4M in stock options), Mike Speiser (formerly of McKinsey), and Dion Lim (formerly of Morgan Stanley) with $8 million in seed financing from venture capitalists Benchmark Capital and August Capital.

Benchmark (venture capital firm)

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Epinions was founded in 1999 during the dot-com bubble by Nirav Tolia (who left Yahoo and $10M of unvested shares), Naval Ravikant (formerly of @Home where he left $4M in options), Ramanathan Guha (from Netscape by way of AOL where he left ~$4M in stock options), Mike Speiser (formerly of McKinsey), and Dion Lim (formerly of Morgan Stanley) with $8 million in seed financing from venture capitalists Benchmark Capital and August Capital.

Customer service

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Epinions.com’s reputation system was not abuse-proof, but the company maintained a customer care unit in the event a dispute did arise.

San Francisco Chronicle

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Early in 2000, the San Francisco Chronicle interviewed co-founder Mike Speiser and early member Brian Koller, with Speiser claiming the system prevents advertorials from getting exposure, but Koller saying: "There is a lot of 'You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,' and mutual admiration societies. You recommend me and mine, I’ll do the same for you."

Dotdash

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The site was also recognized in 2007 by the "Internet for Beginners" writer for About.com as one of the web's 10 most valuable web sites.

Reputation management

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Review site

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Review sites included first ConsumerDemocracy.com which introduced the helpfulness ratings, then later Epinions.com and Amazon.com.

Customer review

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One of the first review sites was Epinions, established in 1999.

Review Centre

ReviewCentre.com is a privately owned, UK operated consumer review site in the same vein as Epinions, Ciao.com, and Dooyoo.

Review aggregator

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TrueDelta

He has been a contributor to the car review site The Truth About Cars, and was one of the category leads for the Epinions.com auto section before Epinions shut down user contributed reviews.

Startups.com

Its roster of clients included Google, Epinions, eVite, and GuruNet (now called Answers.com).