NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--letgo, the fastest growing mobile marketplace to buy and sell locally, today announced $175M in new funding from Naspers, Accel, Insight Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, 14W and other investors. letgo also announced it has reached 20M monthly active users of its marketplace and 45M downloads of its free app since launching in 2015, making it one of the fastest growing technology startups globally. letgo, which has raised over $375M to date, revealed it will top $23B in annual user transactions (gross merchandise value of items sold) in the next six months. The cutting-edge marketplace also disclosed that its active user base grew 359% in 2016 while total items posted daily by sellers increased by over 960%. letgo said its new funding will be used to accelerate U.S. and international growth, and to boost its already significant investment in areas such as artificial intelligence and image recognition.
Thanks to the mobile app’s proprietary, advanced technology, letgo users can post an item for sale in only a few seconds by simply taking a photo, without typing a word or entering a price. It is the only app of its kind that uses artificial intelligence and image recognition to auto-title and categorize a seller’s listing. letgo called its focus on building this technology a key reason the app has quickly become one of the top ranked shopping apps in the U.S. and other countries, and why Google recently named letgo one of 2016’s “Best Apps.”
“letgo has caught on faster than any of us could have anticipated, but our goal remains much bigger – to build the largest secondhand marketplace in the world,” said cofounder Alec Oxenford. “This new funding will bring us much closer to that vision. We are powering a fast-expanding secondhand economy that benefits not just buyers and sellers, but also the environment. letgo already helps tens of millions of users globally think used before they think new.”
“letgo is the most significant threat that incumbent secondhand marketplaces have faced,” said Martin Scheepbouwer, CEO of Classifieds at Naspers. “letgo’s early growth is unprecedented for this type of platform and it’s clearly tapped into an enormous consumer demand for a better way to buy and sell locally. In a short time, it’s become a massive marketplace used by tens of millions of buyers and sellers. And its growth has only been accelerating.”
With over 45M downloads, letgo’s free app is the leading and fastest growing mobile marketplace to buy and sell locally. letgo’s 20M monthly active users buy and sell billions of dollars’ worth of items monthly. From electronics and clothing to cars and furniture, the app makes it easier than ever for users to sell what they don’t need and find great deals nearby on what they do. Users can post an item for sale in just seconds by simply taking a photo because letgo’s proprietary, advanced technology does the rest. It’s the only app of its kind with artificial intelligence and image recognition that automatically title and categorize a seller’s item. Users can easily browse items for sale nearby and chat instantly in the app. letgo was founded in 2015 by Alec Oxenford and Jordi Castello, with cofounder Enrique Linares joining soon after. Oxenford previously founded OLX, which is installed on hundreds of millions of devices worldwide.
Named one of 2016’s “Hottest Startups” by Wired and among the year’s “Best Apps” by Google, letgo’s investors include Naspers, Accel, Insight Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, 14W, Eight Roads Ventures, Mangrove Capital Partners and FJ Labs. letgo has offices in New York City and Barcelona. For more information, visit letgo.com and download the letgo app for Android and iOS devices.