igobono is a social marketplace where members buy, sell and donate goods and services using a
social currency (called “bonos”) instead of money.
Our unique platform provides instant spending power by enabling our members to immediately begin trading upon sign-up. Additionally, they are rewarded for performing good deeds, such as donating goods or volunteering their time.
We have built social communication into our user interface, which helps facilitate a robust trading experience for everyone. Using a reputation system to evaluate trading partners, members earn points for activities such as selling or donating, posting offers, and inviting others to join. When enough points are accumulated, they can advance levels and unlock valuable benefits, such as additional social currency.
igobono is the brainchild of two childhood friends who wanted to empower people to take control of their economic situations through the use of technology.
Max Volsky and Mike Dolan witnessed how people were vulnerable to economic disruptions. Leveraging
their expertise in finance and technology, they created an economy that could remain unaffected by
economic downturns. Together, they launched igobono, which empowers people to improve their lives by
monetizing their idle assets and capabilities, while performing good deeds for their communities through
donations and volunteering.
igobono is a Brooklyn-based, NY Benefit Corporation
A self-proclaimed “geek-at-heart”, Mike has been fascinated with computers ever since he received one as a curious six year-old, fueling his lifelong passion for technology.
For the past 20 years, Max Volsky has combined technology and financial innovation to disrupt stagnant sectors and empower people to help themselves.
For the past 20 years, Max Volsky has combined technology and financial innovation to disrupt stagnant
sectors and empower people to help themselves. Leveraging his law degree, Max was one of the early
pioneers of the U.S. legal finance industry, which has helped millions of plaintiffs to access justice.
After the crash, Max witnessed how economic cycles can affect peoples’ prosperity. Partnering with Mike Dolan, his childhood friend with deep technology expertise, they sought to create an economy that could remain unaffected by economic downturns. Together, they launched igobono, a social marketplace where members trade goods and services with their connections using a social currency (called “bonos”) instead of money.
In addition to buying and selling, igobono allows members to perform good deeds for their
communities through donations and volunteering. Additionally, he has been quoted in stories about igobono in
Business News Daily,
The Brooklyn Paper and
Max’s career includes top-level positions at LexStone Capital, a leading provider of dispute and litigation finance to businesses, and Partner at Schmidt, Volsky & Perle, LLP, a global multi-practice law firm, specializing in international corporate law. Additionally, he founded and served as CEO for LawMax Legal Finance, a boutique servicer of legal finance investments.
Max holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in politics and economics from New York University, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the Rutgers School of Law-Newark. He lives in Brooklyn with his family, and enjoys food, travel, and the arts.
A self-proclaimed “geek-at-heart,” Mike Dolan has been fascinated with computers since the age of six
and has been custom-building them ever since. As an early adopter and technology enthusiast, he is
constantly researching and discovering new ways to innovate, help others, fix things, and satisfy his appetite for learning.
Recognizing the devastating impact that the recession had on many of his friends and colleagues, Mike co-founded igobono, a social marketplace where members trade goods and services with their connections using a social currency (called “bonos”) instead of money. In an effort to help others help themselves, he partnered with financial innovator and childhood friend Max Volsky to create igobono, enabling members to create an economy on their own terms, independent of money or economic downturns. Mike splits his time between the company’s Brooklyn headquarters and office in Colima, Mexico, where he tirelessly oversees website development. Additionally, he has been quoted in stories about igobono in TechVibe, 33 Voices, Rewrite, Business News Daily, The Brooklyn Paper, The Enterprisers Project, ExpertBeacon, Collaborative Consumption, G/O Digital, VentureBreak and Black Enterprise.
A seasoned technology, operations, and finance executive with entrepreneurial experience spanning more
than 20 years, Mike brings expertise in website design, business analysis, and start-up development.
Prior to igobono, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for LawMax Legal Finance
in New York City, which works to level the playing field for plaintiffs involved in legal claims.
As Divisional CFO of Technology for Dun & Bradstreet, a corporate-information giant, he provided financial
leadership across multiple sales channels and product lines.
Prior to Dun & Bradstreet, Mike worked at Footstar, Inc., a former athletic footwear and apparel retailer, where he served as Director of Business Analysis, a billion-dollar responsibility. Earlier in his career, Mike was Senior Buyer at Sony Electronics for the Sony retail operation in New Jersey.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in public accounting from Pace University. He resides in Maywood, NJ, and enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephew, renovating his home, and learning all he can about technology to help people in their daily lives.
Harnessing the power of technology and community, igobono’s mission is to deliver the most robust social marketplace, empowering people to improve their lives.
Our vision celebrates all types of individuals, businesses, charities, and other organizations that will use igobono to create their own social economy.
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igobono seeks passionate and self-motivated individuals who share our mission. This is why creating the very best experience for our members starts with a best-in-class team. At igobono, we pride ourselves in identifying and retaining the most creative, collaborative, and talented staff with whom you will learn and do your best work. We proudly offer a wide range of benefits and perks intended to support you in your work, your life, your passions, and your future. Current openings in the following fields are as follows: