Information Collection and How it is Used
Your username, Own It Ventures ID or Profile Name is displayed throughout Own It Ventures (and so available to the public) and is connected to all of your Own It Ventures activity. Other people can see your business description, contact information, items for sale, feedback, ratings and associated comments. You have the option to publicly display your full name and contact information.
Own It Ventures collects personal information when you register to use Own It Ventures services or to post content on Own It Ventures. At registration you are asked for your email address and certain other optional information.
If you would like to obtain a Seller account, Own It Ventures will ask for your billing address, phone number, and credit card information.
Own It Ventures automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, cookies, and the pages you request. This data is only used in the aggregate.
Own It Ventures uses information for the following general purposes: products and services provisioning, billing, identification and authentication, services improvement, contact, research, and anonymous reporting. IP addresses are automatically reported by your browser each time you view a web page. Your IP address is stored in Own It Ventures' user registration databases when you register with Own It Ventures. IP addresses may be used for various research purposes.
Membership Maintenance Announcements
Own It Ventures will send you a welcome/confirmation email when you sign up for Own It Ventures' Membership and Services. Receipt of this email is required for using Own It Ventures' Services and receiving Membership Benefits.
Own It Ventures will send you service-related announcements on occasions when it is necessary to do so. Periodically, Own It Ventures will reach out to you as an update on your business and to ensure we are providing what is needed to grow your business and addressing issues affecting women entrepreneurs and business owners.
If you indicated an interest in connecting to Angel Investors, Retail Buyers or the Media, all outreaches will be titled specifically to facilitate the connection the member has identified. The outreaches are for the purpose of determining where your business is in relationship to the requirements of the said connection; ie Angel Investors, Media and Retail Buyers, who require specific adherence to parameters predetermined and must be met by the entrepreneur or business owner.
The Media will have a set of requirements that will change daily based upon their editorial/story/show, subject titles. The more information you can provide us, the more apt for inclusion. All information a member provides is confidential in nature, will not be sold and will not be disclosed for any other purposes other than fulfilling the member's interest to be connected to Angel Investors, Retail Buyers or the Media.
DOs and DON'Ts > Membership
We expect all members of Own It Ventures (including Own It Ventures' staff) to treat each other with respect and kindness. Remember that behind every Profile and Marketplace Post is a real person with feelings. Your Profile on Own It Ventures is your business identity. You are responsible for your conduct, all content submitted, messaging and marketplace listings on Own It Ventures.
Choose your username carefully.
You may not use the word "Own It Ventures" in your username without permission.
You must be at least 18 years of age to hold an account on Own It Ventures.
You may not use mature, profane or racist language or images in your Public Profile.
You may not use the public areas of your account to demonstrate or discuss disputes with others or with Own It Ventures.
You may not transfer ownership or sell your Own It Ventures account to another party.
Keep your account information updated and accurate. Your account must have a valid email address and phone number at all times. Own It Ventures will use the email address on file in your account information to contact you when necessary.
Own It Ventures encourages all members to resolve their own disputes. As a venue, Own It Ventures cannot mediate disputes between members or other parties.
Messaging and/or Message Board Postings
DOs and DON'Ts
Messaging is your way to communicate privately with other Own It Ventures members, like email. Message Board Postings are ways to publicly communicate to Own It Ventures Members, like your Facebook Wall. Please use common sense when giving out personal information to others via Messaging.
Message Boards are open on Own It Ventures Profiles, therefore, open to more than one set of eyes to read. Please keep this in mind when posting on someone's Message Board.
You must not use Messaging or Message Boards to send unsolicited advertising or promotions, requests for donations or "spam."
You must not use Messaging or Message Boards to knowingly harass or abuse another member.
If someone explicitly tells you not to contact them, you must not use Messaging or Message Boards to contact them again, unless involved in an open transaction.
You must not use Messaging or Message Boards to interfere with a transaction.
You must not contact another member to buy or sell an item listed on Own It Ventures Marketplace and utilizing Own It Ventures Shopping Cart outside of Own It Ventures' Marketplace. This may also constitute fee avoidance.
You must not communicate with a member involved in an active or completed transaction to warn the member away from a particular buyer, seller or item.
DOs and DON'Ts
Own It Ventures aims to maintain a marketplace appropriate for general audiences, therefore the use of mature content must comply with the following policies. Mature content is defined as: visual depiction of male or female genitalia, sexual activity or content, profane language or graphic violence. Mature content listings will remain in all Own It Ventures searches by default; users can restrict results by using the exclusionary search term "NOT mature" ("opt-out" search status).
Item listings containing mature content must be tagged with "mature" and include the word "mature" in the item title.
Mature content and/or profane language or images are not allowed in your username, Public Profile, item titles, tags, avatar, banner, Marketplace Listing Announcement and/or Message Board Posts.
The first thumbnail image in your item listing should be kept appropriate for general audiences; additional images in the listing may show the item in its entirety. Mature content and/or profane language or images are only allowed in the second, third, fourth and fifth photos of an item listing and the description text of a listing.
Pornography is prohibited on Own It Ventures.
DOs and DON'Ts > Flagging
Flagging is akin to Own It Ventures' neighborhood watch. It's your way to alert Own It Ventures of potential problems. Use the "Report this item to Own It Ventures link on any item listing page. This is a confidential process. The member whose listing is reported will not know who flagged it. Additionally, Own It Ventures' investigation will be handled privately; you will not receive a personal response to your flagging message.
Flagging should be used to report any item listing that violates any of Own It Ventures' policies.
Do not flag a single violation multiple times.
Do not flag for intellectual property matters. Instead, please follow Own It Ventures' Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.
Since flagging is a private matter, members should not discuss flags in any of Own It Ventures' Messaging Boards.
DOs and DON'Ts
Own It Ventures Blog
Own It Ventures' blog, publishes fresh content three times a week — sharing stories, videos, seller tips and shopping finds from the Own It Ventures marketplace. Own It Ventures staff, special guests and members of the Own It Ventures community will be asked to contribute on a variety of topics. We'd love to hear your story; you're welcome to pitch an article to us.
Knowingly harassing, insulting or abusing other members is unacceptable in OIV Blog comments. Constructive criticism is fine, but being mean is not.
Own It Ventures does not allow spam in Blog comments; for this reason, unsolicited promotion or advertisement from representatives or affiliates of outside services, websites or other products is not allowed.
The OIV Blog gives credit where credit is due, and always cite the author(s) of the article we are reposting, posting or referring to in content or subject matter.
Link back to the original blog article; each page has a unique URL (web address).
While Own It Ventures has permission to use content that our members post on Own It Ventures.com, our members may retain certain intellectual property rights for their work. Please respect the entrepreneur's rights if contacted about use of material.
Own It Ventures reserves the right to remove Blog comments. Posting inappropriate comments may result in suspension of privileges and/or account termination.
Own It Ventures may periodically email you with administrative messages. Own It Ventures will not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent. Your information may be combined with information Own It Ventures
collects from other companies and used to improve and personalize services, content and advertising. If you don't wish to receive administrative messages or participate in these programs, simply opt-out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Own It Ventures offers subscriptions to Own It Ventures email newsletters. To opt-in, Own It Ventures will ask for your email address and the newsletter(s) you wish to receive. This email address will only be used for this feature. You may change your subscription or unsubscribe at anytime by following the instructions contained in the email.
If you no longer wish to receive administrative messages, you may opt-out by emailing email@example.com. Please note that if you do not wish to receive administrative messages from us, those notices will still govern your use of the Own It Ventures website and service, and you are responsible for reviewing such notices for changes.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Own It Ventures is affiliated with a variety of businesses and works closely with them. These businesses may be Members on the Own It Ventures website or sell items to you from the Own It Ventures Marketplace. Own It Ventures may also provide services or sell products jointly with affiliated businesses. Due to the nature of Own It Ventures' business model, when an affiliated business is associated with your transaction, you will share customer information that is related to such transaction with that affiliated business.
Own It Ventures employs other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and needs to share your information with them to provide products and services to you. Examples include but are not limited to fulfilling orders, handling billing disputes and collections, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance and providing customer service.
Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and Own It Ventures' ability to keep the community free from bad actors, Own It Ventures will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement, other government officials, or other third parties without a subpoena, court order, legal process, or substantially similar legal procedure, except when Own It Ventures believes in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to protect Own It Ventures' rights, prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss, or to report suspected illegal activity.
If you use a Message Board on this site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by others or could be used to send you unsolicited messages. Own It Ventures is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.
Editing and Deleting Account Information
You can change your Own It Ventures Account Information (except your Profile Name), at any time. Own It Ventures may send you certain messaging relating to the Own It Ventures benefits and services, such as service-related announcements and administrative messages that are considered part of your Own It Ventures account and membership. You can delete your Own It Ventures account by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your identification, billing and contact information may remain in Own It Ventures' records for some period.
Own It Ventures limits access to personal information about you to employees who Own It Ventures believes reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs. Your Own It Ventures Account Information is password-protected.
If your personally identifiable information changes, you may correct or update it by making the change on Your Own It Ventures Page. You may delete or deactivate your account by emailing Customer Support at email@example.com or by postal mail at the contact information listed below. Own It Ventures will respond to your request within 10-20 business days.
The security of your personal information is important to us. Your Own It Ventures account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to work to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer by signing off once you have finished using a shared computer. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number) for registration Own It Ventures encrypts that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Own It Ventures follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once Own It Ventures receives it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while Own It Ventures strives to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, Own It Ventures cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on Own It Ventures' Web site, you can email Own It Ventures at firstname.lastname@example.org.