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  • New Fab Announcements 4-29-13 .090

    Fab’s eyes are bigger than its wallet. That’s nothing $100 million can’t fix

    Last year Fab started to move away from its flash sales roots into big-kid commerce — the kind that doesn’t rely on gimmicks like deadlines, huge discounts, celebrity endorsements, or monthly subscriptions. Much of this was done quietly, but today the company is making all kinds of noise. On the product side it’s announcing a redesigned website and mobile...
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    Amazon’s confused foray into fashion tries to please too many women. Will it please any?

    I am as bullish as you can get on Amazon. For years, I have argued that Jeff Bezos is the closest thing the Internet age has to a Steve Jobs-level visionary. I’ve applauded him as one of the only CEOs unwilling to cave to Wall Street pressure — indeed he’s willing to laugh in honking tones obnoxiously in the face...
  • brick_mortar

    Retail brick and mortar may not die completely, but it’s dying as we know it

    Running parallel to the debate about whether or not print is dead is the debate about whether or not brick and mortar retail is dead. In recent months, we’ve catalogued no shortage of well-founded arguments on both sides. What’s clear is that both arguments suffer from being oversimplified. On print: Certainly the failure of local newspapers that weren’t adding...
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    The ecomom liquidation is underway. Here’s how things looked at the end

    When ecomom terminated the last of its employees one month ago following the shocking death of its founder Jody Sherman two weeks prior, we were told the company would be liquidating its remaining assets. It’s a process most entrepreneurs and investors hope never to encounter, although the laws of startup success dictate that most will. Yesterday we got...
  • Danny Rimer one-ups Andreessen: Even supermarkets will be extinct

    I opened last night’s PandoMonthly with Index Ventures’ Danny Rimer by ever-so-politely asking what his biggest flameout was. He didn’t have to hesitate: The $1 billion-plus gamble on HomeGrocer back in the dot com days. But somewhere deep inside, he hasn’t let go of the dream. At the end of the evening, one of the most fascinating things he described...
  • FabFitFun VIP

    FabFitFun dabbles in content+commerce with quarterly VIP boxes

    Consumers increasingly want a brand narrative around the products that they buy. So it makes sense that connecting content and commerce is a hot business strategy. There’s been some debate, however, about how to combine content and commerce, and in what cases it leads to distrust or erodes brand authenticity. As our Erin Griffith and the guests of our...
  • jewelry lady

    Two years in, here’s how BaubleBar is increasing women’s metabolism for jewelry

    Last weekend, the New York Times Magazine published a devastating excerpt from the book “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.” In it, reporter Michael Moss described ways processed food industry execs have maneuvered to get American consumers addicted their salty, sugary, fatty snack foods, all very carefully engineered to produce the most addictive “bliss point” among...
  • UK flag

    Are European entrepreneurs actually better at ecommerce?

    Back in 2008 I wrote a column for BusinessWeek on how ecommerce had hit a wall. Although numbers– and all empirical evidence– backed my griping up, at the time there was only one venture capitalist I knew who was aggressively betting on a new generation of ecommerce companies: Danny Rimer of Index Ventures. And — astonishingly enough– a lot...
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    More iPad Minis may ship in 2013. Here’s what that means for retailers

    It would be too premature to call it a sea change, but it at least looks like smaller tablets are here to stay. And in perhaps no industry is that more compelling than in-store retail. In a blog post yesterday, David Hsieh, an analyst at Display Search, cited data that shows shipments of smaller tablets has increased dramatically since the...
  • turn around

    What does it take to turn around a Web company? A look inside the only two we’ve ever seen

    Every time a has-been startup like Myspace or Digg or a big public company like Yahoo or AOL attempts a Web turnaround, the tech media is quick to remind them that Web turnarounds never work. Technically, we can’t say that anymore. Two companies– Priceline and eBay– have quietly proven that truism wrong, at least from a financial point of view....
  • Houzz

    Houzz’s torrid growth comes down to the three C’s: Content, Commerce, and Community

    In Silicon Valley, tales of startups growing at outrageous rates are a dime a dozen. In too many cases, however, those growth narratives are carefully crafted by PR crack teams to highlight the appropriate vanity metrics, while ignoring the mundane or even unhealthy businesses laying below the surface. For example, a headline-worthy 1,000 percent growth rate is not that meaningful...
  • CEO Supper Club finale: What company you do envy most?

    PandoDaily fans know we end our PandoMonthly events by asking every guest the same question, and we have an ending question for our CEO Supper Clubs as well: If you could run any company other than your own, which would it be? The answers say a lot about these CEOs’ ambitions… and their fantasies. I decided to throw them all...
  • yoko ono

    Maiden Nation wants to empower women through ecommerce

    What do Gloria Steinem, Yoko Ono, and Lauren Bush have in common (besides the fact they are women)? If you said they’re all jewelry designers, give yourself a pat on the back. Surprised? Don’t be. They, and others, have been seduced by the idea behind New York-based startup Maiden Nation, which launched in November. The company seeks to empower women by...
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    Why increasing revenues can be bad for startups

    Fortune 500 enterprises and startups alike face constant pressure to increase revenues. Naturally, that’s not surprising. Ultimately it’s why we found startups in the first place. Meanwhile, investors want to be a part of growing companies, and smart employees want to be part of the next big thing, not the last. But this intense pressure to grow often pushes management...
  • CEO Supper Club: Does ecommerce 2.0 need its own brick and mortar to survive?

    Something interesting is going on with ecommerce 2.0. On one hand, it’s aimed at replicating more of the in store experience online — whether that’s customer service, personal shoppers or just brand affinity. But at the same time there’s a trend towards ecommerce 2.0 actually opening physical locations. Aren’t these two inherently at odds? Neil Blumenthal from Warby Parker said...
  • CEO Supper Club: East Coast entrepreneurs smack talk West Coast VCs

    In an earlier segment of our sit down dinner with Thrillist/Jack Threads’ Ben Lerer, Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp, Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal, and One Kings Lane’s Doug Mack, we talked about why more of the ecommerce 2.0 movement isn’t emanating from Silicon Valley. In this segment, we talk about why some Valley VCs are starting to sour on it as...

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