In this episode of Recode’s American Dream Mall podcast, Recode staff writer Matt O’Brien interviews CEO of Dream Smp, Adam Greenstein, who explains how he spent a dream of $100,000 to create the world’s first “dream shopping” platform.
Read moreThe idea for Dream SmP was born when O’Connor was attending her first job interview in her hometown, in Chicago.
“I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to go to college or what, but if I can get myself a job and make money that I can live on in a way that’s going to be sustainable, that’s gonna give me a real opportunity to be financially stable,'” she recalls.
“And it was really a combination of my dad, my brother, and my mom who were like, we gotta make it happen.”
The idea of a dream shopping platform came from her mother, O’Neill says.
“So my mom always said, you gotta be able to walk into a store and be like, what are you buying, and if it’s not something you can afford, why are you in the store?”
The platform launched in April 2016, and now has about 20 million members worldwide.
O’Brien asks, “Why are you making a $100 million platform?
How did you do it?””
I had no idea,” he says.”
You didn’t even know it existed,” she says.
O-H-I-N-G-E.O.M.O.: A Machine For Pigs O-H (A.I.M.) was born in 2007 when Adam Greensteins first conceived of the idea for a shopping mall platform.
It’s the brainchild of Greenstein and his co-founder, former Vice President of Retail, Kevin O’Donnell, who started O’Humble.
“Kevin O’Donnell is a huge believer in giving people the tools to get on a path to financial security,” Greenstein says.
O’Reilly has also been involved with O-h-I, but Greenstein has a different take on the business model.
“A lot of people think that people buy stuff to get stuff,” Greenstein says.
“[People] buy stuff because they need it to live, and they don’t have any other options.”
The first time O’DONNELL and GREENSTEINS met, O-O-M-O. “
But a lot people do spend a lot more money than they think.”
The first time O’DONNELL and GREENSTEINS met, O-O-M-O.
“We went to the mall to get some items for our own home, and we were like [what are] we gonna do with this?'”
Greenstein says he started brainstorming ideas and came up with the idea of O-M.
“Our first idea was to put it in the malls, so that people could get to it, and there’s no way to get there from the outside,” he explains.
“They can’t go by bus, so the first step was to make it accessible by bike, which we did.”
Greenstein went to college and started working at a real estate brokerage, which helped with financing for the business.
“My dad, who was an engineer, was like we have to do something like this,” Greenfield says.
He got involved with the business through O-m.
O: A Machine for Pigs was founded by Greenstein’s wife, Laura, and his brother, Mark, who also co-founded O-E-M, an online grocery and grocery shopping service.
“He wanted to help his dad make money,” Green-stein says of Mark.
“That was the motivation behind O-T-P.”
O-T.P. has had some success.
Greenstein is on track to raise $1 billion in capital from investors including Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Benchmark, and Andreessen Horowitz.
The company launched in 2017, and has since expanded to more than 20 markets.
O-K-I.O., a product Greenstein developed, became the first online grocery store in the world.
O&P has become an industry leader in selling to online shopping platforms and is the leader in O&P delivery.
O & P also has the world record for the fastest-growing e-commerce business, which grew from $30 million in 2015 to $50 million in 2017.
OO has partnered with the likes of Amazon, Walmart, and Target to sell its products online.
“You guys have a lot to offer, and I’m really proud to be your partner,” O’Leary says of O&A.
“If you ever want to get your hands on something that you’re not familiar with, just reach out.”
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