Alumnus’ start-up getting noticed: FastCompany lauds Zaarly


February 28, 2012

In early 2011, 1999 alumnus Eric Koester founded Zaarly, an online proximity-based marketplace. Since then, the company has raised millions and HP’s Meg Whitman joined the company’s board. Now, FastCompany has named Zaarly one of the world's top 10 most innovative internet companies.

The company, based in San Francisco with an office in Kansas City, Mo., was named No. 7 in the web/internet industry's top 10. According to, “Zaarly allows users to post what they want and what they are willing to pay online and see if there are any takers. Some examples include someone wanting to pay $500 for a used iPad and another offering $40 for a tire rotation.”

Koester, who serves as the company’s chief marketing officer, also holds a law degree from the George Washington University School of Law.