eCommerce

  • Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Chatbots, Live video, and VR technology are all on the docket for Facebook’s F8 developer conference, and you can watch the livestream here at 9:30am PST with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote starting at 10am. There’ll also be more streamed sessions all day today. Read More

  • Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US

    Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US

    While Amazon, Google and a number of startups like Instacart, Postmates, Shipt and others are focused on quick, same-day deliveries of groceries and household items, Walmart has been taking a different approach. It has instead tapped into its large brick-and-mortar footprint to roll out curbside grocery pickup in a number of locations across the U.S., allowing customers to shop online or… Read More

  • Classpass rolls out new pricing structure

    Classpass rolls out new pricing structure

    Classpass made its name — and picked up 17 million reservations — around a service that let people take an unlimited number of fitness classes for a flat $100 monthly payment. Today, all of that is changing. See, Classpass functions based on the usage habits of their users. Folks who buy an unlimited membership but don’t work out that much end up compensating for power users… Read More

  • Meet Oasis, Amazon’s smaller, lighter, grippier Kindle

    Meet Oasis, Amazon’s smaller, lighter, grippier Kindle

    True to earlier reports, Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is the smallest and lightest Kindle yet and comes with a handle for gripping. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos teased an “all-new, top of the line” Kindle last week and Chinese site Tmall.com sent the e-reader world in a tizzy when it accidentally unveiled details of Kindle’s newest addition to the family on Monday. The site… Read More

  • Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots

    Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots

    Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chatbots. By providing utility through its huge developer and business ecosystem, Facebook could boost loyalty with Messenger, one-up SMS and keep up with chat competitors like Kik, Line and Telegram that have their own bot platforms. This confirms… Read More

  • Alibaba pours a total of $1B into Southeast Asia e-commerce platform Lazada

    Alibaba pours a total of $1B into Southeast Asia e-commerce platform Lazada

    Alibaba just took a big step in its Southeast Asian expansion journey. The company said today that it has pumped a total investment of about $1 billion into Lazada, in a deal that makes it the e-commerce platform’s controlling shareholder. Read More

  • 6 insights into the French SaaS landscape Crunch Network

    6 insights into the French SaaS landscape

    As a Berlin-based VC firm focused on SaaS, we often get questions about the current state of the European cloud software landscape. To be able to answer these questions more precisely we decided to analyze each major European ecosystem, starting with France. Our goal was to find all the relevant players in the French cloud ecosystem — from early-stage startups to large public companies. Read More

  • Mizzen+Main racks up $3 million for menswear that feels athletic, looks tailored

    Mizzen+Main racks up $3 million for menswear that feels athletic, looks tailored

    Apparel makers Mizzen and Main LLC have closed $3 million in a modest Series B round of venture funding to ramp up inventory and sales of their signature menswear, according to founder and Chief Executive Kevin LaVelle. The Dallas, Texas-based startup is best known for combining the durable and breathable fabrics one would expect in athletic apparel with tailored looks for men. Think Nike… Read More

  • Facebook pushes businesses to Messenger with new tools for Pages, including Snapchat-like scannable codes

    Facebook pushes businesses to Messenger with new tools for Pages, including Snapchat-like scannable codes

    A day after people started noticing Facebook was now suggesting business to chat with while in Messenger, the social network officially announced a suite of tools and updates designed to help Facebook users better connect with the businesses using its platform. As part of these changes, businesses will now see their Facebook Page usernames being more heavily promoted across the site, and… Read More

  • Clutter on-demand storage services packs up $20 million from Sequoia

    Clutter on-demand storage services packs up $20 million from Sequoia

    Clutter, the on-demand storage space looking to take on the likes of MakeSpace, has today announced the close of a $20 million Series B round led by Sequoia Capital. Sequoia also led a $9 million Series A for Clutter back in October. The premise behind Clutter is simple. Almost everyone that lives in a metropolitan area, whether it’s a shoebox apartment in New York or a house in… Read More

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