• mall comerce

    Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death

    Yesterday, when I spoke with Marc Andreessen about ShoeDazzle’s rapid decline and subsequent rapid turn-around, I asked if he’d seen anything quite so dramatic in the startup world. His answer had less to do with ShoeDazzle than I expected, and it surprised me. “I think it speaks to the flexibility of ecommerce,” he says. “A lot of what [ShoeDazzle CEO] Brian Lee is doing is tweaking the website. That stuff can be done quite quickly, whereas a turn around at…
  • duel

    Deja vu: BeachMint loses two more C-level executives

    BeachMint has lost more c-level executives in the last month, confirms COO Greg Steiner. The first to go in this latest shakeup was CTO Carl Trudel, who left shortly before the winter holiday season. CFO Jordan Posell will also be leaving, the company announced internally this week, but not until a replacement is identified. Trudel will not be replaced, as current VP of Engineering John Gaa will instead lead BeachMint’s technology efforts without a change in titles. High level…
  • shoedazzle

    Subscriptions are finally back at ShoeDazzle, new venture round may be coming too

    Now these are words I never thought I’d hear ShoeDazzle founder Brian Lee say: “Bill Strauss actually did us a huge favor to free us from this model.” It’s particularly surprising in the same conversation where he confirms what I’ve been predicting for months — that ShoeDazzle is bringing back monthly memberships. As we’ve covered — at length — Lee replaced himself with Bill Strauss back in June. What followed was one of the quickest unravelings of a promising…

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