eCommerce

  • 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

  • Andreessen Horowitz-Backed Leap Buses Are Hitting San Francisco’s Streets This Week

    Andreessen Horowitz-Backed Leap Buses Are Hitting San Francisco’s Streets This Week

    It’s been a year in the making. Transit startup Leap is finally launching in San Francisco with completely overhauled buses and a route from the Marina to the downtown area. The startup, which is trying to rethink mass transit, is competing with a host of other shared transit companies from Y Combinator-backed Chariot to ride-pooling startup Loup and, of course, Uber and Lyft. Read More

  • Bezar, Bradford Shellhammer’s Reimagined Fab.com, Goes Live Today

    Bezar, Bradford Shellhammer’s Reimagined Fab.com, Goes Live Today

    Bezar, the curated online marketplace that takes after its predecessor Fab.com, is going live today with twelve designers across four categories: (art, accessories, house, and jewelry). Bezar was founded by Bradford Shellhammer, cofounder of Fab.com who left in November of 2013, and took much of the “special sauce of Fab.com” with him when he left. I’ve visited… Read More

  • Mozilla Alum Jay Sullivan Lands At Groupon As Its New Head Of Product

    Mozilla Alum Jay Sullivan Lands At Groupon As Its New Head Of Product

    Jay Sullivan, once one of the more public faces of Firefox browser maker Mozilla and for a while its interim CEO, has surfaced again: he has joined local commerce and daily deals site Groupon as its SVP of consumer product, overseeing all tech products such as Groupon’s mobile apps and its website. He will be based out of Palo Alto and will report to Groupon’s CTO Sri… Read More

  • YC-Backed Pakible Makes It Dead Simple For Businesses To Design, Ship Packaging

    YC-Backed Pakible Makes It Dead Simple For Businesses To Design, Ship Packaging

    With e-commerce startups breaking into eyewear, beauty, shaving, monthly subscriptions products and more, there will be plenty of need for boxes and packaging. That’s where Pakible, a Y Combinator-backed startup, is hoping to come in. Founded by Nick Carson and Phillip Akhzar, who used to work for iPhone and iPad repair startup iCracked, the company makes it simple for any business… Read More

  • Berlin Mobile Ad Outfit Glispa Gets $77M From Property/E-Commerce Firm Market Tech

    Berlin Mobile Ad Outfit Glispa Gets $77M From Property/E-Commerce Firm Market Tech

    On the heels of France-based MobPartner’s $58 million acquisition by Cheetah Mobile, yet more movement in Europe’s mobile advertising landscape: Glispa, a startup based out of Berlin that focuses on digital marketing and mobile ads, is picking up a $77 million investment from Market Tech Holdings, a UK-based business that focuses on property and e-commerce investments. Among… Read More

  • Honest Company CEO Brian Lee Celebrates His Birthday By Talking IPO Possibilities At SXSW

    Honest Company CEO Brian Lee Celebrates His Birthday By Talking IPO Possibilities At SXSW

    When Brian Lee and Jessica Alba (yes, that Jessica Alba), co-founders of eco-friendly e-commerce startup The Honest Company, spoke this afternoon at the South by Southwest, they didn’t make any big announcements or drop any (metaphorical) bombs. Nonetheless, Alba kicked things off with one surprise — she mentioned that today is Lee’s birthday. (She didn’t say how old… Read More

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