Digital Entrepreneur w/Strong Product and User Growth Chops - Founder and CEO of Thumb, a mobile social network that generated over 3 billion opinions and yielded the highest usage time of any mobile app next to Facebook before being acquired by a leading market research company. - Founder of a Top 100 and award-winning interactive agency that produced numerous success for startups and companies that include Nike and Universal Studios. - Co-owner of a multi-channel retail chain with 250+ employees that led its category in highest net profit per sq. ft.
The best way to solve chicken and egg problems for marketplaces is to prove market need on each side independently first with a low-cost MVP-type test. Once you've proven the market on both sides with metrics it is much easier to leg in supply and demand with a strategic or enough funding to match a market on a local or niche level to ensure liquidity. For a deeper analysis, here is a post on medium that I wrote... http://bit.ly/1k2vYbY Also, feel free to schedule a call with me if you'd like to dig deeper.