eCommerce

  • OpenTable Fixed Reservations. MyTime Fixes Appointments For Everything Else

    OpenTable Fixed Reservations. MyTime Fixes Appointments For Everything Else

    What if you could instantly book any haircut, massage, dentist, or salon you found on Yelp without picking up the phone? Then you’d be using MyTime. This startup grew up fast. It raised $3 million led by UpFront Ventures, and grew to 75 employees serving millions of active users. Now MyTime is launching on Android, and building out its way to modernize independent local shops. Read More

  • JetBlue Will Accept Apple Pay At 30,000 Feet

    JetBlue Will Accept Apple Pay At 30,000 Feet

    JetBlue has become the first U.S. airline to accept Apple Pay in-flight, meaning customers can use their iPhone to purchase snack boxes, premium items, etc. from the airline. The idea here is that some people tuck their wallets away in carry-on bags, stowed in luggage compartments above, and hold up service to get out a credit card and pay. Fewer people part with their portable personal… Read More

  • Amazon’s Newest Tool Lets Anyone Host Giveaways Online

    Amazon’s Newest Tool Lets Anyone Host Giveaways Online

    Amazon announced this morning a new self-service tool that allows customers to host giveaways on its website. Anyone is eligible to run these sorts of promotions on the platform, though in Amazon’s case, the feature will likely attract authors, marketers, brands, bloggers, sellers and others looking to raise awareness about themselves, their products, or those who want to engage… Read More

  • Hem Confirms Acquisition Of Assets From Italy’s Discipline As Fab.com Approaches Sale In U.S.

    Hem Confirms Acquisition Of Assets From Italy’s Discipline As Fab.com Approaches Sale In U.S.

    Hem, the Berlin-based home furnishings company created last year by Jason Goldberg as a pivot after his previous online marketplace Fab.com collapsed, has confirmed the acquisition of assets from Discipline.eu, an online design portal based in Italy. We first reported that the deal was in the works last week. The financial terms of the all-cash deal are not being disclosed, but Hem says that… Read More

  • Google Uses Hangouts As A Virtual Genius Bar To Sell Google Devices

    Google Uses Hangouts As A Virtual Genius Bar To Sell Google Devices

    In 2013, Google expanded its Hangouts video conferencing service into a commerce platform called Helpouts, where people buy and sell services like cooking or technical advice via live video. Now Google has developed another new service based on its Hangouts infrastructure. It is running a live video chat service for would-be buyers of Google smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks (but not… Read More

  • HelloFresh Raises $126 Million In Series E From Rocket Internet

    HelloFresh Raises $126 Million In Series E From Rocket Internet

    HelloFresh, the European startup that delivers perfectly portioned groceries and recipes for you to cook at home, has just announced the close of a $126 million Series E funding round led by previous investors Rocket Internet and Insight Venture Partners. This brings the company’s total funding to $193.5 million. Read More

  • Palantir Buys Fancy That To Add Retail, Shopping Data To Its Analytics Platform

    Palantir Buys Fancy That To Add Retail, Shopping Data To Its Analytics Platform

    Palantir is known for its data analytics platform that is used extensively in areas like law enforcement, financial and insurance research and healthcare. Now you can add retail and shopping data to the mix. It has acquired Fancy That, a startup that has built a platform to help retailers with their omnichannel strategies across physical stores, online, mobile and other platforms where… Read More

  • HeartThis Lets You Shop All Your Favorite Stores From Just One App

    HeartThis Lets You Shop All Your Favorite Stores From Just One App

    A new mobile application called HeartThis wants to make shopping across multiple retailers more convenient for smartphone users. The app, which is making its official debut later today on stage at StartX’s Demo Day, puts over 330 stores in one place, allowing you to buy from places like Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, J Crew, Target, and many more, as well as see if there… Read More

  • Cemetery Drones And On-Demand Cookies: Meet 500 Startups’ New Batch

    Cemetery Drones And On-Demand Cookies: Meet 500 Startups’ New Batch

    Diversity of ideas and founders is the 500 Startups way. So it’s fitting that the accelerator’s 11th Mountain View batch would feature an extraordinarily wide range of companies; from those tackling huge problems like recruiting and health in the Arab world, to more “niche to win” businesses focused on picture framing or cookie delivery. Investors I spoke to… Read More