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End-to-end operators are the next generation of consumer business

These businesses are fundamentally reimagining their product experience by owning the entire value chain from end to end, thereby creating a step-functionally better experience for consumers.

LA gets a big SaaS exit as Fastly nabs the Culver City-based Signal Sciences for $775M

Los Angeles was always more than a one-industry town, even when it comes to technology startups, as media and entertainment (and social networking) were always the big draws in Tinseltown. Now the cit

Affirming the position of tech advocates, Supreme Court overturns Trump’s termination of DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that President Donald Trump’s administration unlawfully ended the federal policy providing temporary legal status for immigrants who came to the country as chi

Playbook, a creator platform focused on fitness, raises $3 million in seed

Playbook, aiming to be the Patreon of fitness content, announced the close of a $3 million seed round from several notable angels today. The investor roster includes Giphy founder Alex Chung, StyleSea

Etsy adds an AR shopping feature on iOS designed for use with wall art

Retailers like Target, Home Depot, Wayfair, IKEA, and others have embraced augmented reality to help shoppers make decisions about products they’re interested in by visualizing the items in thei

Etsy’s 2-year migration to the cloud brought flexibility to the online marketplace

Founded in 2005, Etsy was born before cloud infrastructure was even a thing. As the company expanded, it managed all of its operations in the same way startups did in those days — using private data

Customer feedback is a development opportunity

To be successful, a company should adopt a consumer-first philosophy that informs its product ideation and development process.

Trouva, an online marketplace for independent boutiques, raises $22M

Amazon helped pioneer and now dominates the online marketplace business model, where a variety of merchants post items for sale on its platform for billions of consumers to discover and buy them. Toda

Automattic’s bargain-bin Tumblr deal plugs right into the WordPress business model

Tumblr has been a millstone around the neck of its owners, first Yahoo and later Oath and Verizon Media, pretty much since it was acquired in 2013. They never found an answer to the question that new

What happened to the sharing economy?

A few years ago, Silicon Valley couldn’t stop using a trendy buzzword — the sharing economy. The good old top-down economic model with a clear separation between service providers and clients was

USV closes on $450M for new funds, adds two partners

USV is expanding its partnership to manage the new funds.

Caterina Fake is known for her trend-spotting; here’s some of what she’s chasing now

Roughly a year ago, entrepreneurs Caterina Fake and Jyri Engeström decided to form a traditional venture outfit called Yes VC. Fast forward, and the duo has nearly closed on $50 million for their deb

Etsy error resulted in large amounts being withdrawn from some sellers’ bank accounts and credit cards

An Etsy bill payment error resulted in large amounts of money being withdrawn from several sellers’ bank accounts and credit cards on Friday morning. While the company says the issue has been resol

Union Square Ventures secures $429M across two new funds

USV co-founder Fred Wilson expect U.S. venture capitalists will "take a more cautious stance in 2019."

VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire.

Easyship, a Stripe for global e-commerce shipping, raises $4M

Easyship, a Hong Kong-based startup that aims to make international shipping for e-commerce as easy as payments, has closed a $4 million Series A round. The company was founded in 2015 by former Lazad

Meet the woman leading Accel’s consumer growth investments

Accel has hired Maya Noeth to lead its consumer growth investing efforts. The firm typically promotes from within; Noeth is its first outside hire in over two years.

States will be able to charge sales tax on online purchases thanks to the Supreme Court

In a five-to-four decision issued today, the Supreme Court ruled that states can make online businesses collect sales taxes — even if they don’t have a physical presence in that state. Tod

Making mastodon gummies, Geltor is recreating a truly paleo diet

Paul Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Paul Shapiro s the author of "Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World". Most paleo dieters try to stick to some t

Caterina Fake on turning down VC roles a decade ago: ‘I just kind of didn’t fit in’

Ten years ago, not long after Yahoo had acquired Flickr, its co-founder, Caterina Fake, bounded up and down Sand Hill Road taking meetings with venture firms that were interested in hiring her. She kn
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