Surreal Times and Ground Breaking Tech born of Covid-19

Phillip Dane

I can’t help but feel more connected to people lately. It’s been a wild ride so far and surprisingly fear has not entered the equation. Our family is okay and we pray that yours is as well. We take walks, our son rides his bike in front of the house, we greet people from a safe distance and try to help wherever possible. There’s no complaining and no despair. Today, on our walk we were greeted by 3 roommates on a balcony with big smiles, some couples walking their dogs, other people jogging and that has been our experience thus far.


But the reality can not be ignored. Friends are losing their jobs. They have no events to sell their craft. The numbers are not looking great as Covid-19 sweeps through this country. Our events are all postponed and for how long is not known. I knew I HAD TO do something. So for the past three weeks, I have been locked away mostly throughout the night working on what I feel will be the answer to Covid-19’s devastating effects on the event business.

The City of Los Angeles and the Virtual Odd Market

This past Thursday I had a phone conversation with Councilman Ryu and I explained the potential this new platform has not only for our vendors but for local businesses throughout the country. He agreed and so much so, that he is allocating funding to help get this launched in record time. He is also bringing this to the Mayor and asking that he announce our Virtual Odd Market during a television briefing in an effort to re-boot sales. This is amazing news! and the Virtual Odd Market

I also spoke with Steven Galanis, CEO, and Founder of Cameo, also known as BookCameo, is an American video-sharing website headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The site allows celebrities to interact with users via video. Steven has agreed to help with celebrity Cameo PSA’s to drive traffic to our platform once we launch. Celebrities are more than willing to lend their voice to help support local business but until now there’s not a lot that could be done.

What is the Virtual Odd Market?

Welcome to the Virtual Odd Market. Think Uber meets Zoom meets Etsy and then some. Vendors will have 24/7 access to our platform. Meaning Vendors can work the hours they want to within their subscription. Virtual Booths are rented by purchasing subscriptions. Vendors can purchase the three-day, 7-day what’s 30-day subscription starting from only $50. Vendors now have 24/7 access to the platform. They can open their virtual booths whenever they want to work, similar to how Uber operates. If a vendor wants to go live at 1 AM, they simply log in and start selling. Virtual Odd Market has a “Main Lobby” where you can catch live performances, hop into a vendor-driven Q & A or listen to public service announcements and more. The main lobby is also where you can meet your friends and family as if you were going to a physical event. From the main lobby, you’ll be able to see all the vendors that are participating and whether or not their Booth is currently open. You’ll be able to search vendors too.

Click to enter a vendor’s booth. When inside,  video and audio capabilities can be activated and you’ll be able to interact with vendors as if you are at a physical event talking to them in person. You will also see their product line and with a click, add items to your cart. Ready to keep shopping? Head to the next booth. When you are all done, simply checkout and all your orders will be sent to each vendor for fulfillment.

The Virtual Odd Market requires vendors and small-businesses to register first on Once approved, vendors log in and create their Store name, add inventory to their store and sign up for a subscription and start selling.

Here’s the cool part. No more loading up the car, driving to an event, unloading, setting up. No more praying for great weather and for people to attend. No breaking down, packing up and driving home exhausted. Get creative in your home. Setup a cool backdrop and a display of your items. Fire up your camera on your smartphone, tablet or computer and get ready to make some sales. and meet people from all over the country. And if you are willing to ship internationally, your customers are worldwide. Need a break, log out and your booth is closed.

“Helping Small Businesses Thrive, Not Just Survive.”

I know this is a lot to take in and it’s all very new. Think of it as an event that happens in your home and globally. Open 24 hours. 7 days a week. It’s immediate, it’s fun and it brings community together during a time when it’s most needed.

Going live on Saturday, April 4th at 10 a.m.

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