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|Industry||Financial Technology, Barter, Trade Exchange|
Bob Bagga (Co-founder, CEO)
|Washington, California, Dubai|
|Products||Network-based private currency (BizX Dollars)|
|Services||Business-to-business trade exchange|
Originally designed as a barter exchange, BizX has been upgraded to the digital private currency model, one that facilitates indirect trade by allowing members to earn BizX dollars from one member and spend them with another.
The BizX community consists of more than 4,000 members who conduct more than $80 million in transactions per year.
BizX was founded in 2002 by Bob Bagga, Chris Haddawy, and Raj Kapoor. All three partners had previous experience in the barter exchange industry. Before founding BizX, Bagga was the founder of Barter Business Exchange (BBE). Later, BBE merged to create UBarter.com, which was sold to Network Commerce in 2001. Haddawy was previously president of the Barter Business Network, and general manager of BarterTrust, overseeing West Coast operations.
In 2010, BizX acquired Dibspace, an online marketplace that facilitated business-to-business and business-to-consumer exchanges of products and services using a private currency called Dibits.
Head office opened in 2002, serving the greater Seattle metropolitan area.
Satellite office opened in 2002, serving the greater San Francisco metropolitan area.
Satellite office opened in 2007, operating large arbitrage deals unique to the UAE market.
The BizX network is a private economy comprising 5000 member businesses that monetize excess inventory or capacity at full market rate in BizX dollars. Businesses then use their earned BizX currency to offset cash expenses such as advertising, travel, entertainment, etc. The model produced more than $81,000,000 BizX dollars in transactions in 2015.
BizX primarily earns its revenue from transaction fees, typically 7.5% when selling and 7.5% when buying within the BizX network. Sometimes confused with credit card fees, BizX fees are more comparable to sales or marketing channel fees such as those from HotelTonight, Groupon, or other business sales channels.
BizX dollars are a private currency not exchangeable for cash. They do not take possession of money for transmission, have stored value, earn interest, or act as securities. Nor are BizX dollars a cryptocurrency, as the company is not a money transmitter. BizX dollars simply denote a member’s right to receive from (or obligation to pay) another member in the network. Such member rights are held between the members. BizX serves as an arms-length third-party record keeper. BizX does not hold collateral or guarantee trades between members.
BizX was initially built as a barter exchange, and therefore retains many elements familiar to barter exchanges. Now a digital private currency operator, BizX facilitates the exchange of goods and services between more than 4,000 businesses within the BizX community.
Unlike many traditional barter exchanges, BizX pairs its currency to the value of the US dollar, ensuring that the BizX currency retains the strongest spending power possible.
Additionally, BizX differentiates itself from other barter exchanges by targeting an extremely diverse range of business types, as well as investing deeply in their financial technology software.
BizX acts as a transaction processor and 3rd party record keeper for all buyers and sellers. Sellers can charge buyers’ BizX accounts by phone or online portal. Funds are available to the seller immediately when the transaction is run, with zero processing or holding time.
BizX assists its members in identifying how to monetize their excess capacity, by marketing to other members looking for the same service.
BizX offers lines of credit to member businesses at the rate of 1.5% per month (18% annually), payable in BizX dollars.
The BizX marketplace features listings for all members businesses, as well as individual product and service listings. Members can create individual listings for products and services without cost.
BizX launched its mobile app in 2016. The app is designed to help BizX Members find each other, send payments, as well as stores digital BizX card, Members balance and transactional history.
BizX comprises more than 4000 member businesses that operate in more than 120 different categories, including advertising, construction, event planning, food & beverage, technology, web services, etc.
BizX is classified as a barter exchange and therefore subject to IRS regulations pertaining to such exchanges. The model complies with TEFRA-based IRS 1099B reporting requirements.
BizX is required by the IRS to act as a third-party record keeper of transactions made through the exchange. All sales made using BizX dollars are reported to the IRS via a 1099-B.
BizX is a registered trademark of BizXchange.
Unlike cryptocurrencies, BizX transactions are not anonymous. BizX keeps record of every transaction between members, and reports them to the IRS at year-end. Additionally, BizX dollars are merely an accounting unit; no cryptocurrency technology is involved. Finally, BizX transactions do not involve “mining,” or the process by which new units of cryptocurrencies are generated by computers solving complex algorithms.