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    Commerce technology is a massive opportunity (and retail is not dead)

    There has been recent discussion about whether retail is dead. We couldn’t disagree more. We predict that over the next five years consumers will experience completely new retail models that effectively use physical locations combined with world class Internet and mobile sites to offer truly unique and delightful shopping experiences for their guests.  These retailers will thrive. These companies will...
  • CEO Supper Club: With mobile commerce, milliseconds matter and Android is a ghost town

    Mobile commerce is one of the most powerful drivers of ecommerce 2.0, but only when it’s done right. But how do you do it right? Our CEOs from Warby Parker, Birchbox, Jack Threads, and One Kings Lane started out the conversation by debating whether everyone really needs a native app or not. The table was pretty much divided. Doug Mack...
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    Ecommerce: Who’s got the bigger piece of the pie?

    In the startup and VC world, the hope-vs-hype debate on ecommerce 2.0 has been  focused primarily on pure-play ecommerce companies such as Fab, Zulily, Birchbox, Shoedazzle, Beachmint, just to name a few. If you look at mixed performance of these companies, it is difficult to determine which will ultimately succeed. However, it is indisputable that the e-commerce sales of traditional...
  • CEO Supper Club: Ecommerce 1.0 ended with Zappos, ecommerce 2.0 began with Gilt

    Anytime you are in New York talking about ecommerce 2.0 part of the conversation has to center on Gilt. As flash sales have lost their luster, Gilt has as well. But as Erin Griffith has detailed, the company has left an indelible mark on the New York tech scene, and as our dinner guests discuss below, it’s left an...
  • CEO Supper Club: “I want to trade as an Internet company not a retailer”

    I’m skipping ahead a bit in the chronology of our dinner with the CEOs of Birchbox, Warby Parker, Thrillist, and One Kings Lane, because I wanted to post the conversation we had around “buying revenue.” Yesterday, we wrote about how some ecommerce companies are being very top line aggressive — and the cost to their business. It cost Ecomom’s...
  • CEO Supper Club: Commerce can add content, but can it go the other way?

    Our dinner with New York-based ecommerce CEOs was a great time to ask whether content companies have better leverage to get into content or content companies have better leverage to add on commerce. It’s a topic plenty of sectors of the New York ecosystem are debating as magazines seek to be more relevant and ecommerce companies start to look more...
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    Why shoes have dominated this generation of ecommerce

    Ecommerce, in all of its various permutations, works when it offers something not otherwise available through brick and mortar retail. In some cases it’s selection. In others it’s convenience or value. In the rarest of all cases, it’s a combination of all three. One category where this is very much the case is in footwear. When compared to other items...
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    Ecomom’s aggressive discounting culture should be a cautionary tale for all of ecommerce

    I’m hoping this will be my last post about the sad demise of Ecomom. In case you are new to the story, Ecomom was a once promising ecommerce startup that told investors it was going to start liquidation last week following the tragic suicide of its founder and CEO Jody Sherman. This came just weeks after jobs were slashed, promising...
  • CEO Supper Club: What makes ecommerce so hard?

    Welcome to part two of our dinner with the CEOs of One King’s Lane, Birchbox, Warby Parker, and Thrillist/Jack Threads. This month, we are dissecting the ups and downs of the ecommerce 2.0 movement: Are the valuations too high? Are the fads sustainable? Are any of these companies $1 billion exit material? We asked our dinner guests about all...
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    Is Grand St. the distribution engine the hardware movement has been looking for?

    Everyone is still trying to figure out the future of retail. If you’re a tech hardware company, life is even harder – because you’re also trying to wrap your head around retail’s present. Unlike software, hardware needs a physical distributor, and there’s only so much room (or economic opportunity) at Best Buy, or even the Apple store. And direct sales...
  • CEO Supper Club: Does technology even matter in ecommerce right now?

    Earlier this week, I announced our month-long series on ecommerce by raising a bunch of questions. Our first stab at getting answers was to pull together founders and CEOs of four of the more interesting ecommerce companies and ask them. It’s the second installment of our CEO Supper Club series, and this time, we did it in New...
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    Diamondere: How to update a legacy brand (Hint: technology helps)

    The custom jewelry ecommerce site Diamondere boasts its speed. But, it’s about 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day…so if you still don’t have a gift for your significant other, you’re probably out of luck. The company can’t help you there. They’re not that fast. On the front end, the site looks like your garden-variety jewelry site – almost less impressive, even;...
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    Squarespace partners with Stripe to launch Squarespace Commerce

    Squarespace is today announcing the launch of Squarespace Commerce, a suite of tools that will allow users to turn their Squarespace-built websites into online shops. CEO Anthony Casalena says that an e-commerce offering has been “one of the most requested things pretty much since the company was founded,” and that the launch of Squarespace 6, an updated version...
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    Ecommerce 2.0: Hope or hype?

    Ecommerce is a weird category that seems to be getting weirder. It was by far one of the first things to take off when people started adopting the Web. People were relatively comfortable buying things online, because it was similar to the pre-existing catalog business. And deep incentive payments, funded by venture capital, allowed companies to further incentivize bargain hunters...
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    Flash sales are (still) the most scalable e-commerce business model

    The past four years have offered us no shortage of twists on the straight e-commerce business model. No longer are stores tied to the tyranny of the shopping mall, so why not tack on some crackpot flavor-of-the-month twist and call it innovation? That’s what brought us waves of companies pedaling the next big thing in commerce, from group buying, daily...
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    Braintree finally delivers on Venmo promises with Touch

    The payment wars have been raging for the better part of a year with upstarts like Square, Stripe, and Braintree all nibbling away at PayPal’s entrenched but unpopular hegemony. Stripe and Braintree have been the two most similar in the battle– both try to up the PayPal ante by being more customer friendly. Stripe excels with developers for easy...

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