eCommerce

  • As Google Looks To Expand Wallet Use, WePay Integrates Instant Buy API

    As Google Looks To Expand Wallet Use, WePay Integrates Instant Buy API

    Google is reportedly eyeing up an acquisition of Softcard to expand Google Wallet services to more points of sale with retailers; but it also wants to grow its position in the wider world of mobile-based transactions to compete with the likes of PayPal, by way of its Instant Buy API. Originally launched for Android in 2013, today the Instant Buy API is taking a step forward: Google is looking… Read More

  • FilterEasy Raises $1.2 Million To Help You Remember To Change Your Home’s Air Filter

    FilterEasy Raises $1.2 Million To Help You Remember To Change Your Home’s Air Filter

    When was the last time you changed your home’s air filter? If you’re like me and the majority of other homeowners across the U.S., this routine home-maintenance task is easy to forget because filters are only changed every few months or so. But the costs of not changing the filter are high: reduced air quality, higher energy bills and, over time, dirty air filters can even… Read More

  • Why Are E-Commerce Startups Bullish On Retail?

    Why Are E-Commerce Startups Bullish On Retail?

    It’s a tough time to be an old-school retail company. This past summer, I was walking around Chicago with a realtor. We were looking for popup spaces in Lincoln Park for Ministry of Supply, and she pointed out an American Apparel. “They’re not doing well,” she whispered. “That space may become available.” Six months later, Warby Parker moved in. Read More

  • Plum Print Raises A Million To Turn Kids’ Artwork Into Custom Photo Books

    Plum Print Raises A Million To Turn Kids’ Artwork Into Custom Photo Books

    A startup offering a solution for parents with small children who want a way to easily save and store their kids’ artwork, Plum Print, has raised a million-dollar seed round to continue to grow its business and expand into new products. The company today offers a handful of photo books it puts together on parents’ behalf, after first sending out a postage-paid box that parents… Read More

  • Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others

    Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others

    A company offering a marketplace where consumers can buy and sell their unused gift cards, Raise.com, announced this morning it has taken in a sizable $56 million round of Series B funding, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The additional funding, which brings the company’s total outside investment to $81 million, comes after a period of rapid growth following the release of… Read More

  • Kreditech Gets $200M Credit Line To Fuel Its Big-Data Based Consumer Lending Business

    Kreditech Gets $200M Credit Line To Fuel Its Big-Data Based Consumer Lending Business

    Kreditech, the consumer finance startup that focuses on lending money to “unbanked” consumers with little or no credit rating, is today announcing a hefty line of funding that it will use to expand its business. It is getting a $200 million credit line from Victory Park Capital, one of the largest in the history of online lending services. Kreditech is not disclosing its… Read More

  • Mobile Commerce In 2015

    Mobile Commerce In 2015

    The past year has represented a tipping point in mobile commerce investment, so as we enter a new year, we wanted to take stock by updating our m-commerce market map and offering our predictions for 2015. Read More

  • All That Glitters Is Not Gold

    All That Glitters Is Not Gold

    The latest viral sensation on the world wide web has lost some of its sparkle. ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com (yes, this is what we’ve come to) is up for auction on Flippa with a current bidding price of $61,000. When I first heard about a “Glitter thing” on the internet, I tried to ignore it as best I could. At best, it was the name of a new Sean Parker startup. At… Read More

  • Classpass Is In Session With $40 Million In Series B

    Classpass Is In Session With $40 Million In Series B

    Classpass, the NY-based company that offers unlimited fitness classes at 2,000 different studios and boutique gyms for $99/month, has closed a $40 million Series B led by General Catalyst and Thrive Capital, with participation from angels and previous investors. The startup, which raised $12 million in Series A just over three months ago, has grown from seven markets to 20 markets in as… Read More

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