Multi-party bartering app saves time, money, and the environment

By JoAnna Haugen



What people want and need — and what they have to offer in return — are as varied and diverse as people themselves. Connecting people across this complicated web of needs and desires is exactly the challenge have|need, a new bartering app is attempting to address — a task other bartering companies and sales platforms like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, Nextdoor, and Craigslist have failed in the past.


“The answer to what I saw as the problems of not having a successful bartering company to date were that none of them had implemented a multi-party barter architecture. This addresses the core friction point of barter, which economists refer to as the mutual coincidence of wants,” said Josh Kline, founder, and CEO of have|need. In other words, if you and your neighbor don’t want what the other person has, no barter will take place. But the more people involved in the bartering process, the more likely you are to find someone to give your item to while receiving something in return from someone else...


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