Appature’s Koester Leaves for Zaarly
Well, that was quick. Seattle startup attorney Eric Koester is leaving Appature for an auction-type consumer buying startup with backing from Ashton Kutcher and others (yes, that Ashton Kutcher). Koester joined Appature in October to help the growing healthcare services company manage its operations. But, as GeekWire reports, he was part of a group that came up with Zaarly during a recent LA Startup Weekend competition. The company has quickly snapped up $1 million in financing—other investors include Felicis Ventures, Paul Buchheit, Bill Lee, Naval Ravikant and Lightbank, TechCrunch reports. Zaarly lets users bid for something they want and see if the network will supply it. One screenshot shows someone offering to pay $200 for Lakers tickets that they need to pick up in a half-hour, within five miles of their current location.