USAWeb Asset Group – serving the Auction Industry since 1995. We have a long history of providing cutting edge technology to the auction community through our portal and webcast services.
1995: IAL Expansion to the Internet Frontier
Launched in the Frontier Days of the Internet, the Internet Auction List represented that American spirit of “Go West, young man” with it’s pioneering concept of taking Auctions beyond their brick and mortar confines and into cyberspace. Started in 1995 by John Jackley and Andrew Dinnerstein in Phoenix, AZ, when Andrew, an IT specialist with a Fortune 500 Company, suggested to John that he should “check into this Internet thing.” That he did! John developed the idea for the IAL based on his past experience of attending and buying at auctions. To give you an idea of the early internet launch of the IAL, John and Andrew contacted Yahoo by email in 1995 and suggested they add an auction category. Yahoo co-founder, Jerry Yang, replied, “That is a great idea; we will do it.” (You can read an article published in Auction World in July 1995 about the IAL here.)
Late 1990’s: Internet Gold Rush
The IAL was an instant Classic back in the late 1990’s with almost every major online and traditional auction company using it to advertise and drive traffic to their websites. During eBay’s early years, they were quoted as saying “”we have received over a three-fold increase in traffic from a very targeted audience.” During the 90’s USAWeb has helped many traditional auctioneers and professional auctioneer associations implement technology to develop a web presence, increase traffic to their web sites and developing online programs to improve their business. USAWeb was mentioned in many major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, Money, Fast Company, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, PC Magazine and others.
1999: From IAL to Auction Webcast
During this time, John also branched out and started the first auction webcast company in late 1997. He partnered with a company in Seattle, WA to develop Livebid.com. Livebid was the first auction webcast system. Livebid was used for many auctions including the Kruse collector car auctions, Oscars Dreamland Museum, and a 7-day auction for a Victorian Era Village to name a few. (That was back in the dial up internet days!) Livebid was sold to Amazon in 1999.
2000: The Dot Com Shakeout
During the 2000 Dot – Com Shakeout, most Internet auction companies struggled to remain in business. Capitalizing on his success with Livebid, John and his company, USAWeb, soldiered through the shakeout and went on to focus on the webcast market through their Bidpath webcast services. Bidpath offers private-labeled, superior technology and unparalleled marketing exposure, search engine optimization, social media integration, featured auction listings, and email notifications to drive more customers than ever to our clients auction sales. During the 2000’s, John has been involved in the auction sale of over 700 companies including Arthur Anderson, Indian Motorcycles, The Legendary Stardust Casino, Bay Meadows Race Track and many of the large dot com auction sales of the early 2000’s.
2013: USAWeb expands service offerings
Our years of knowledge and experience have culminated into a full service offering for auction and recovery companies that allow them to market, service and sell their assets. We work on strategy, marketing and technology across all industries and geographies. We bring deep, functional expertise, but are known for our fun approach to work. We love what we do and we love bringing our success to our clients.
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“USAWeb provides the private-labeled auction webcast system we have been searching for, they gave us the bidder experience we were looking for. Our webcast sales with high quality video and audio is a huge upgrade from our last provider.”
“I want to let you know how much we, at eBay, appreciate our relationship with USAWeb. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with you and appreciate all of your efforts in promoting eBay.”
“I’ve been working with John and USAWeb for the last 12 years, they are a pioneer in webcast auction technology. They have run hundreds of successful webcast sales for us resulting in millions of dollars of online sales for our company.”
“USAWeb has been our exclusive webcast auction provider for the last 10 years. They always go above and beyond to make sure all of our online bidders have a great online experience at our sales.”
“I worked with John and USAWeb for many years before starting my own auction company. I knew that they were the answer to running all of my webcast auction sales, they always BRING IT to every sale they have run for us. “
“We started using Bidpath after seeing them in action in a joint venture deal we had with another company. They ran a 2-day webcast auction sale from a cell phone taped to a window after the hotel internet service went down, they are always prepared for any challenging situation. We knew after seeing their quick thinking and superior technology that this company is the real deal.”