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I am very excited to announce that YouRenew has been acquired by Clover Wireless, the leader in trade-in, trade-up, and contract repair services for the wireless industry.

When we started YouRenew in 2008, our goal was to provide a simple, trusted trade-in service for used gadgets. We have grown into a multifaceted company that provides consumers, enterprise clients, and partners in the wireless industry a full service solution for wireless device trade-in.

We have big plans for the future of wireless trade-in and were faced with a few options for how to get there. We considered raising another round of venture funding, but Clover offered a compelling option – we could join their team and help to build out the most comprehensive platform in the wireless industry.

Over the course of the last four and a half years, we have had a ton of fun building YouRenew. From the marketing stunts to late nights writing code to meetings with customers across the world, this has been a wonderful journey.

Our team is joining Clover, and we will continue to focus on building the best trade-in software possible and serving our awesome partners.

About Clover

Clover Wireless, a division of Clover Holdings Inc., is a global provider of private label trade-in, buyback and repair services offering vertically integrated customizable solutions for carriers, retailers and OEMs.

Clover is the industry leader, and in many ways Clover pioneered the take back of used assets from consumers – first with ink and toner cartridges, and now in wireless.

The leadership team behind Clover is top-notch. Clover’s management team has decades of experience developing private-label trade-in programs for some of the world’s biggest brands. The company is headquartered in Chicago, with offices worldwide.
To learn more, visit www.cloverwireless.com.

Thanks

Building YouRenew would not have been possible without all of our friends, family, investors, and customers.

We are eternally grateful for the unwavering support of our investors and mentors, especially Guy Minetti, Jarrod Yuster, Joe Pappalardo, Elon Boms, and Konstantine Drakonakis. Your support throughout the good times and the tough periods has meant a great deal.

Special thanks go to Jim Boyle and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (who first believed in our crazy idea and have stood by us at every step of the way) and to the YEI Class of 2008 – particularly to the team at PaperG.

To the YouRenew team: It is a pleasure to work with you, and I am incredibly proud of what we have built together. Jay, Brett, Wadsworth, Alex, Sam, Joe, Perrin, Ron, and all of the other former members of the team, THANK YOU.

Lastly, thanks to my exceptional parents, Bob and Jeanne. They have always supported my crazy endeavors and let me leave Yale to pursue the dream of building YouRenew (I still finished Mom, just like I promised!). I hope that I’ve made them proud.

Stay tuned, because we’re still just getting started!

Bob
Bob@YouRenew.com

ALSO: You can find Clover’s press release here.

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Are you upgrading to the iPhone 5 tomorrow morning? If you will be at the Apple’s New Haven, NYC Upper West Side, or NYC Union Square locations – look for guys wearing YouRenew shirts.

We will be there in full force, buying back old iPhones and other smartphones, and giving you cash on the spot!

If you’re not getting a new phone yet, but will be in the area, don’t hesitate to stop by and say ‘Hi’!

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Visit YouRenewSolutions.com to see an overview of our diverse set of products.

At YouRenew, we are excited to announce that we will be broadening our services to offer a trade-in solution for retail stores. This milestone marks the progression of our business that started exclusively as a consumer trade-in site (YouRenew.com), then added a corporate solution for device disposal (CorporateRenew), and now has expanded to retail stores. All three solutions are outlined on our new centralized site – YouRenewSolutions.com.

YouRenew is distinguished as a reputable and innovative provider of mobile lifecycle solutions. Our services have been marked by (1) proprietary software that provides a simple and straightforward approach, (2) exhaustive reporting for auditing purposes, (3) optimized logistics that provide a seamless and reliable fulfillment process, and (4) stringent data security procedures.

All of these benefits are available on the new retail platform. With the help of our  proprietary web portal, retail locations can access on-the-spot quotes, complementary shipping, and customer support by phone, email or live chat. The service will help stores attract new customers and incentivize device upgrades. If you own or manage a retail location, contact support@retailrenew.com to gain access to our web portal and receive a complementary shipping kit. (The website www.retailrenew.com is coming soon!)

Our diverse services now offer something for everyone. If you are a company turning over old devices, a store seeking to implement a trade-in program, or just an individual who wants cash for your old device – YouRenew has a solution for you.

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As member of network to mobilize mass green action, YouRenew.com now offers further rewards to customers for recycling their old gadgets.

YouRenew.com today announced that it has joined the Recyclebank® Ecosystem, a first-of-its-kind network of companies working together to motivate and reward people to take online and offline green actions created by Recyclebank, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions. In addition to earning cash back, YouRenew customers can now be rewarded with Recyclebank Points that can be redeemed for discounts and deals at www.Recyclebank.com.

Recyclebank Ecosystem is a coalition of like-minded brands and organizations who want to empower its customers and members to live more sustainable lives with the ultimate goal of making a substantial collective impact on the environment. YouRenew.com joins a distinguished group of partners who include, Preserve®, MillionTreesNYC, thredUP, Earth911, and UncommonGoods.

“Recyclebank realizes that to make a measurable environmental impact, we need to motivate millions to act in ways that create a more sustainable future. We cannot do this alone, however, so Ecosystem partners like YouRenew.com are instrumental in helping us mobilize a massive network of people to make more sustainable choices,” said Ali C. Mirian, Recyclebank Ecosystem general manager. “Thanks to YouRenew.com, we are further expanding our network of eco-conscious brands and consumers working together towards the common good of the planet.”

Partners who join the coalition collaborate with Recyclebank to reward their customers and audiences for making more eco-friendly choices throughout their day. After completing one of these or other green actions through a partner, such as opting for paperless bill pay, purchasing more sustainable products or engaging with educational green content, people earn points that can be redeemed for discounts and deals from local and national grocery stores, restaurants and retailers.

To earn rewards with Recyclebank, YouRenew.com customers can simply click the Recyclebank icon on the YouRenew.com order confirmation page. Customers will then be directed to the Recyclebank rewards page where they can redeem their points through one of Recyclebank’s many retail partners. Points earned through device renewal are awarded in addition to any cash value offered through the YouRenew.com trade-in program.

“YouRenew.com is always looking for new and tangible ways to further incentivize our customers to responsibly dispose of their old devices. Since our inception, this has been a primary focus,” said Bob Casey, YouRenew.com co-founder and COO. “Recyclebank is a leader in this effort and we are thrilled to offer our customers the opportunity to make a collective impact.”

To take advantage of YouRenew.com’s partnership with Recyclebank, visit us at YouRenew.com. For more information on the Recyclebank Ecosystem, visit www.recyclebank.com/ecosystem or contact ecosystem@recyclebank.com.

 

ABOUT YOURENEW

YouRenew.com was founded with a clear vision: to offer a safe, simple, and environmentally responsible outlet for used gadgets – and to allow anyone to “Get Paid to Renew.” The service first began as a collaboration between friends in a college dorm room in 2008. In the years since, we have worked with tens of thousands of customers and processed hundreds of thousands of devices. Our team has grown, as have our suite of services, and throughout this time our original mission has remained true. We are excited to continue working to further these goals, and hope that you will take the time to visit us soon!

ABOUT RECYCLEBANK

Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank is empowering individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling, reducing household energy usage and taking other environmentally-preferred actions. A Certified B Corporation, Recyclebank has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.Recyclebank.com.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?

Nah.

10 days into 2012, we reflect on 10 milestones for 2011.

#1 The most renewed device in both the consumer and corporate realms was the BlackBerry Curve 8310.

#2 The most valuable device renewed in the consumer realm was an Apple Macbook Air.

#3 The most valuable device renewed in the corporate realm it was an Apple iPhone 4 S 16GB.

#4 Corporate Renew’s first full year processed 2,219 corporate orders.

#5 The most active state for consumer orders was across the state in California.

#6 The article that drove the most traffic to www.YouRenew.com was “Yahoo Shine: Electronics Recycling for Cash“.

#7 The YouRenew Blog made a comeback.

#8 We became better at tweeting. #YouRenew

#9 We profiled a several members of the YouRenew team on YouRenew’s Facebook page.  (Become a fan of a YouRenew employee/ learn more about the people behind the biz here.)

#10 The most popular post on the YouRenew Blog was “The 2010 YouRenew Roundup“.

It may still be January, but we’re already on track to top last year’s milestones first and foremost by surviving the impending apocalypse.  Even if the world is going to end, isn’t it comforting to know that you can always depend on #YouRenew to #ecycle your #ewaste?

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