An online retailer platform called simply “42” is debuting today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY with new ideas about how to bring the intelligence of online e-commerce tools to brick-and-mortar merchants. The B2B platform provides businesses and brands a way to better connect and personalize their interactions with customers, as well as to gain broader insight into consumer buying patterns… → Read More
Boomerang, the Chicago-based social gifting service which sprung up this summer as a way for users to send gifts to friends (similar to Wrapp), is now moving into the B2B space with the debut of a platform for brands. At launch, Boomerang has 20 national brands on board, as well as some local businesses in Chicago, Austin, New York, and Indianapolis. → Read More
Whitby, Ontario-based 360incentives announced a new funding round of $7.65 million today, led by OMERS Ventures and including Klass Capital and Round 13 Capital. This is the four-year old company’s first announced funding, and it’s a significant sum that 360incentives will put towards “further develop[ment]” of their platform and tech, as well as new market expansion, chief investor OMERS says. → Read More
Small businesses spend up to 80 percent of their time manually collecting data and creating reports on the performance of their services, their customers’ activity, or that of their competition. It’s a pain in the ass, time consuming, and Deven Patel thinks he’s found a simple solution to the problem.
This week, Patel launched the open beta of Cyfe, what I like to think of as a “TweetDeck for… → Read More
You may have heard someone say, or said yourself: “I want to build a business, what should I focus on?” Obviously, the possible answers are nearly infinite. Steve Poland wrote a great post in December that addresses this question directly. I would agree with Steve’s main piece of advice for founders and entrepreneurs: Focus on problems. Start with a space you know, and ask yourself what’s broken… → Read More