eCommerce

  • Cotopaxi Raises $6.5M To Sell Socially Conscious Outdoor Gear

    Cotopaxi Raises $6.5M To Sell Socially Conscious Outdoor Gear

    Cotopaxi, an e-commerce startup that also emphasizes making the world a better place, has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. While many startup founders want you to believe that they’re idealists in pursuit of a big mission, co-founder and CEO Davis Smith told me (via email) that Cotopaxi is helping humanitarian causes in concrete ways — not just because the products… Read More

  • Stripe’s New Product Helps Marketplaces Go Global More Quickly

    Stripe’s New Product Helps Marketplaces Go Global More Quickly

    Payments company Stripe is today unveiling a new product designed to help marketplaces like Lyft or Kickstarter scale internationally, by offering a suite of tools that allow businesses like these to accept payments from anywhere in the world, and then ensure sellers and service providers get paid. Called Stripe Connect, the product will help speed up the time it takes a marketplace to expand in… Read More

  • Razorpay Offers Stripe-Style Payments Focused Squarely On Indian E-Commerce Plays

    Razorpay Offers Stripe-Style Payments Focused Squarely On Indian E-Commerce Plays

    The rise of companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Ola have put a spotlight on the e-commerce opportunity in India, where the growth of catchy businesses is being fuelled by consumer demand, improving Internet connectivity and generous VC funding. Now, a new startup called Razorpay — part of the current Y Combinator class — is hoping to ride that trend, by giving more startups… Read More

  • Amazon Loses Its General Manager Of Payments Following Wallet Shutdown

    Amazon Loses Its General Manager Of Payments Following Wallet Shutdown

    Amazon’s VP and General Manager of Payments, Matt Swann, who most recently oversaw initiatives including Amazon’s Square competitor called Local Register and Amazon Wallet, has left the company, TechCrunch has confirmed. The move comes shortly after Amazon shut down its beta version of Wallet in January amid mediocre reviews, and an increasingly competitive landscape where Apple… Read More

  • Minibar Liquor Delivery Startup Acquires Competitor Booze Carriage

    Minibar Liquor Delivery Startup Acquires Competitor Booze Carriage

    Minibar, an on-demand liquor-delivery platform operational in 13 cities, has announced the acquisition of one of its biggest competitors, Booze Carriage. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Minibar launched in February of 2014 and has since grown to 13 cities, with 50 percent month-over-month user growth, though the company won’t be much more specific than that. Minibar says… Read More

  • Booze Delivery Startup Thirstie Raises $1.1M

    Booze Delivery Startup Thirstie Raises $1.1M

    On-demand alcohol startup Thirstie has raised a $1.1 million seed round. At this point, there are a bunch of startups that want to help bring booze to your doorstep. Just in the past few months, we’ve written about Minibar and Swill. Read More

  • Amazon Brings One-Hour Delivery To Baltimore And Miami

    Amazon Brings One-Hour Delivery To Baltimore And Miami

    Amazon announced this morning that customers in Miami and Baltimore will now be able to use the company’s one-hour delivery service known as Prime Now, which represents the first expansion for the service that was previously only available in New York. The service, which offers access to tens of thousands of products from Amazon’s website, is offered as a benefit to current… Read More

  • Postmates Will Deliver Starbucks, Starting In Seattle

    Postmates Will Deliver Starbucks, Starting In Seattle

    On-demand delivery service Postmates just announced that it has entered a deal with Starbucks to deliver the coffee giant’s addictive wares to customers who order via the Starbucks mobile app. Starting with a pilot program in Seattle in the second half of the year, you’ll be able to order a Grande Soy Latte with extra sweetener from your phone (or desktop browser when at the… Read More

  • YC-Backed Moltin Wants To Simplify E-Commerce Development

    YC-Backed Moltin Wants To Simplify E-Commerce Development

    The three founders of Moltin, a member of the 2015 Y Combinator winter class, like many fellow members birthed their company idea out of necessity, coming up with a way to solve an entrenched problem they were facing. In this case, they were working for a design agency in England, and they found adding e-commerce functionality like a shopping cart to a website was too hard and often… Read More

  • Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

    Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

    When you chat with friends about settling debts or splitting the bill, Facebook doesn’t want you to have to open another app like PayPal or Venmo to send them money. So today it unveiled a new payments feature for Facebook Messenger that lets you connect your Visa or Mastercard debit card and tap a “$” button to send friends money on iOS, Android, and desktop with zero fees. Read More

  • Now You Can Rent Movies From Gumroad

    Now You Can Rent Movies From Gumroad

    Gumroad, a startup that helps creators sell digital goods, now allows those creators to make items available for rent, too. It seems like an obvious addition — I’m used to renting movies from iTunes, and the Gumroad system is pretty similar (although it’s a little more generous, time-wise). But a lot of the platform’s early wins were in music and e-books, so… Read More