eCommerce

  • Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Send an instant message asking for something, and they’ll do the grunt work of placing your order and getting it delivered to you. That’s the idea for Uber co-founder Garret Camp’s new startup Operator that’s still in stealth, according to sources with direct knowledge of the app. You might have heard of a similar startup called Magic that recently blew up. But Magic… Read More

  • All Star Wars Movies Finally Coming To Digital Stores April 10

    All Star Wars Movies Finally Coming To Digital Stores April 10

    All the existing Star Wars movies are finally being made available as legitimate digital downloads beginning April 10, with pre-orders already available on many platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video and Google Play, and more, with the general price at most retailers set at $20 per movie, or $90 for the whole collection (which means you can save yourself $30 by only… Read More

  • FacePay?

    FacePay?

    What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple. Becoming that conduit for payments means more than racking up transaction fees. For the portal to purchase influences not just how you buy, but what. Today, purchases are fragmented, and so too is that influence. We buy online and offline. Cash, Credit… Read More

  • Why Jay-Z’s Music App Tidal Sounds Doomed

    Giving away music is how you get people to pay for it. That might seem crazy, but it’s true, though Jay-Z doesn’t want to listen. He just launched a music streaming service called Tidal with Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Kanye, Arcade Fire, and Rihanna as co-owners contributing exclusive content. The goal is to get artists properly paid. The problem is Tidal subscriptions costs $20… Read More

  • Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

    Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

    Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows one-press ordering of products you’re likely to want to replace on a regular basis. The Dash Button comes in a number of different branded versions based on what it’s coded to order, and includes an adhesive backing and hook holster to let you stick it where it’s most convenient. The Dash Button is a natural extension… Read More

  • Amazon Launches A Dedicated STEM Toy Shop

    Amazon Launches A Dedicated STEM Toy Shop

    Amazon announced this morning the launch of a new store on its site that’s dedicated to selling STEM toys and games. The shop will feature a variety of items for children of all ages, the retailer says, which are focused on encouraging kids to develop science, technology, engineering and/or math-related skills. Some of the toys include those from Snap Circuits and LEGO. And some are… Read More

  • Former Quidsi Execs Launch Primary, A New Site For Kids’ Clothing Essentials

    Former Quidsi Execs Launch Primary, A New Site For Kids’ Clothing Essentials

    A pair of former Quidsi execs, Galyn Bernard and Christina Carbonell, longtime employees who stayed with the company through its acquisition by Amazon.com, are today launching a new e-commerce site today called Primary which focuses on the kids’ clothing market. The two, who are both parents themselves as well as savvy marketers, believe there’s still an untapped opportunity… Read More

  • Snapdeal Acquires RupeePower, Will Add Loans, Other Financing To Its Marketplace

    Snapdeal Acquires RupeePower, Will Add Loans, Other Financing To Its Marketplace

    India’s Snapdeal has been on an acquisition spree in the last several months, tapping into the $1.1 billion it has raised from the likes of Softbank to expand from being a marketplace for goods into a platform for all kinds of online transactions. The latest chapter in this story is today’s news that it has acquired a majority stake in RupeePower, a provider of loans and credit… Read More

  • Auctionata Raises $45M To Build Out Its Live-Streamed Auction Business

    Auctionata Raises $45M To Build Out Its Live-Streamed Auction Business

    The tide is rising for live streaming services, and just as this is lifting apps, other kinds of streaming startups are seeing a boost as well. Today, Auctionata, a Berlin startup that broadcasts online live auctions for fine art and collectibles, announced that it raised €42 million ($45 million) in a Series C round of funding from a group investors led by MCI Management… Read More

  • Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Etsy’s S1 filing didn’t disappoint. Etsy is a powerful business with extraordinary network effects. Its customers are extremely loyal, and its committed sellers are earning significant income. But there are legitimate concerns: it is the quintessential case study on the challenge of low margin platforms. Additionally, it faces uphill challenges – a slowing growth curve… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

    Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

    America is finally discovering what Asia has known for years: mobile messaging is a commerce platform. Read More

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