by Borderstan.com May 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm 0

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

"Swap"

Swap in the City, Thursday , May 9. (Courtesy Swap in the City)

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret…there is a way you can get designer fashion for free. Yep, that’s right…you heard me. Free.

How is this possible? By going to a clothing swap, of course! Clothing swaps are not only great ways to clear out your closet of things you may have worn once or that still have the tags on them, they are the best places to find some awesome things that other people don’t want anymore. What’s the saying? One fashionista’s last season is another’s couture?

This Thursday, May 9, check out Swap In The City at the new DC tech event space 1776 (1133 15th St. NW, 12th Floor). Hosted by SNOBSWAP and Dewdrop, this charity event will be a get together where fashionista/os can eat, drink and swap, swap, swap designer clothes, all while helping to support Becky’s Fund, an organization that does great work to end domestic violence.

In addition to the clothing swap, there will be pop up shops from local area fashion brands.  Julie Donaldson of Comcast Sports will be hosting and the guest speaker of the evening will be Liz Fassbender, CapFABB co-founder. There will also be a fashion show with stylish swimwear from D’Milikah and luxury pieces from SNOBSWAP.com.

Tickets are $20 if you RSVP before and $25 at the door. Hor d’oeuvres are served with drink ticket. The attire is dress to impress. You can purchase your tickets here.

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by Borderstan.com March 18, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

"RidePost"

RidePost team Marty Bauer, Blair Decker, Robert Pearce and Nik Budisavljevic. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Nick Barron. Follow him on Twitter @nbarron; email him at nick[AT]borderstan.com.

Innovation is happening in how you get from point A to point B, and a company now in a DC startup accelerator, RidePost, wants to help you cover long distances while having memorable experiences.

RidePost lets you do two things: Make money off the empty seats in your vehicle by making them available to travelers headed where you’re going, and grab a ride with someone traveling to your destination with an open spot in their vehicle.

There are 2.3 billion car trips in the United States each year, according to RidePost co-founder and CEO Marty Bauer, 80% of which are single occupancy. RidePost wants to create inventory out of all those empty seats.

“That’s where we see ride sharing,” Bauer said. “Capitalizing on people taking the same trip every day who have empty seats.”

Getting There

Drivers can make a little money, and riders can get where they’re going more affordably than through other transportation options. The basis of the idea, getting money from those riding in your car, isn’t new, as anyone who’s taken a college road trip with friends can attest.In fact, it’s on a college campus that RidePost started, at the University of South Carolina, where Bauer and co-founders Blair Decker and Nik Budisavljevic were graduate students.

Bauer came back from a stint in Europe, where he traveled by taking car trips with strangers, thinking there may be an opportunity to enable large numbers of people to do the same in the U.S.The three founders started RidePost in Greenville, S.C., and were soon joined by Robert Pearce, who left a good paying job in Charleston to give RidePost a shot as Chief Technology Officer.

RidePost was accepted late last year into The Fort, a startup accelerator run by Fortify Ventures out of 1776, the new startup epicenter run by Evan Burfield.

Getting to DC was a goal for RidePost, who sees DC and its proximity to other East Coast cities as a key part of their company’s success.

Now having moved to DC, it’s up to the RidePost team to realize their company’s vision of getting large numbers of people to use RidePost.

If the company’s successful, one day your trip to Philadelphia may be via RidePost and not a discount bus line.

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