Back in March, I got a private BETA preview of YHIW or You can read my initial assessment here.

According to the email they sent out, “From our initial concept, the product has really changed. You”ll be seeing even more development take shape over the coming weeks. Our goal is to help people find what they want through a mobile, social, and hyper-local experience.”

Here is the official press release.

Introducing YouHaveIWant, The Real-Time Matching, Short Message Marketplace

New York, NY (May 27, 2010) – YouHaveIWant (, the real-time, intelligent matching marketplace, officially announces its beta to the public on May 27th, 2010.

Designed to connect people instantly to help them efficiently get what they want, YouHaveIWant is changing the traditional way people use classifieds. According to Co-founder and CEO Naresh Shetty, “YouHaveIWant’s goal is to simplify the process and we have made it much easier to post what you want or have and find a match in real-time. While the typical classifieds experience is seller driven and involves a lot of cumbersome searching and posting, YouHaveIWant allows users to simply say what they want or have in a single sentence. We then alert them as soon as we find their match, and allow them to communicate over IM or email, while maintaining their privacy.”

Simplicity is a major focus of the YouHaveIWant platform. Users have a dashboard where they submit their ‘haves’ and ‘wants’ in 140 characters or less, and manage their postings and matches. They can also email in posts from their smartphones while they are on the go, so they never even need to log on to the web-based app. Other key attributes that set it apart from online listing services are location awareness, real-time intelligent matching, and persistent search. YHIW also maintains the privacy of its users, masking the identity of both sides of any given match. People only reveal their contact information when they choose to.

“While there are hundreds of classifieds sites out there, none really permit users to connect to find matches, instantly, within a few block radius as easily as we do,” explains Co-founder Vik Panda. “An example of this is the great activity we’ve recently seen outside of concert venues, where music fans desperate for tickets post messages from their mobiles and get matched with people who are selling their extras.”

Soon, the company plans to launch features for SMS and Voice communication, giving more options for people to connect via their mobiles. Mobile apps for the iPhone and Android platforms are also currently under development.

YouHaveIWant has been open in limited beta in New York since April. To coincide with the official beta launch, YHIW has just opened up the platform to support multiple locations and sharing via Facebook. “Ultimately, we are providing a service that creates a simple, real-time, mobile, social and hyper-local way to get what you want,” says Shetty.

Launched in late 2009, the YouHaveIWant is a 5 person team based out of the NYU/Poly Incubator in Soho, New York.

Vik Panda
160 Varick St., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(917) 687-5920