sales

  • Gold Dealer Drops Credit Card Payments For Bitcoin

    Gold Dealer Drops Credit Card Payments For Bitcoin

    The world of gold bullion sales is often peopled by the odd and interesting. Joseph Castillo is one of the latter. The owner of Agora Commodities, his company now only accepts Bitcoin for online sales, a move that has reduced fraud and improved his service. Castillo talked to Coindesk about his decision, saying that “What we had to do to protect ourselves against card fraud, we no… Read More

  • LinkedIn Launches A Standalone Sales Navigator To Help Users With “Social Selling”

    LinkedIn Launches A Standalone Sales Navigator To Help Users With “Social Selling”

    LinkedIn is fleshing out its tools for salesepople today with a new version of its Sales Navigator. The biggest difference — the Sales Navigator is now a standalone product, rather than an additional set of features on the main LinkedIn site. Vice President of Sales Solution Mike Derezin and Group Product Manager Sachin Rekhi walked me through the new product last week. The idea… Read More

  • Mobile-First Predictive Sales Tool Clari Raises $20M More To Widen Its Big Data Net

    Mobile-First Predictive Sales Tool Clari Raises $20M More To Widen Its Big Data Net

    It was just in April that Clari — a mobile-first sales tool that uses data science and predictive analytics to help sales people do their jobs — emerged from stealth with $6 million in backing from Sequoia. Today the company is announcing another funding milestone: a Series B round of $20 million. Andy Byrne, the company’s founder and CEO, says Clari plans to use the funds… Read More

  • Tesla Wins Back The Right To Sell Direct To Consumers In New Jersey

    Tesla Wins Back The Right To Sell Direct To Consumers In New Jersey

    Electric car company Tesla can now once again sell cars direct to consumers in New Jersey (via Engadget), after a ban earlier this year based on an old (and mostly irrelevant in this case) law enabled Governor Chris Christie to bow to pressure from local auto dealers to get sales of Elon Musk’s magical future cars put on hold. Read More

  • ShopDrop Alerts You To Local Sales From Major Retailers To Small Boutiques

    ShopDrop Alerts You To Local Sales From Major Retailers To Small Boutiques

    A new shopping and sale finder app called ShopDrop, also the Audience Choice winner from our recent TechCrunch NYC pitch-off, is now live on the iTunes App Store. Today the service helps users, mainly New Yorkers, find nearby sales, both at larger retailers and smaller boutiques, but the company plans to expand its coverage to more major cities in the future. At launch, ShopDrop’s… Read More

  • SalesPredict Lands $4.1M In Series A Funding

    SalesPredict Lands $4.1M In Series A Funding

    SalesPredict, a company that helps sales teams find the best customers using predictive analytics, announced $4.1M in Series A funding today. The chief funders in this deal are Yandex and KGC Capital. SalesPredict CEO Yaron Zakai-Or says the two-year-old company was started by himself and Kira Radinsky, who is chief technology officer. The two had previously worked together for several… Read More

  • Clari, A Mobile-First Predictive Sales Tool, Comes Out Of Stealth With $6M From Sequoia

    Clari, A Mobile-First Predictive Sales Tool, Comes Out Of Stealth With $6M From Sequoia

    CRM behemoths like Salesforce and Oracle, and more mature startups like Domo, have made some significant inroads into mobile and specifically apps for mobile salespeople, but a new startup believes that its streamlined, mobile-first solution can do it better. Clari, a mobile-first sales productivity tool that leverages real-time big data analytics to help salespeople do business, is emerging… Read More

  • Upshift Launches To Bring Scalable Sales Engines To Startups, And Help Engineer Growth

    Upshift Launches To Bring Scalable Sales Engines To Startups, And Help Engineer Growth

    If today isn’t your first day in the tech industry (or reading TechCrunch), then you’re likely familiar with the rise of the accelerator program, a phenomenon that has swept through Startup Land like wildfire over the last five years. Pioneered by early movers like Y Combinator and TechStars as part of experiments that aimed to identify the best ways to support nascent companies… Read More

  • Shopify Examines Social ROI For Commerce Sites, Finds Facebook Dominates But Reddit Is Growing

    Shopify Examines Social ROI For Commerce Sites, Finds Facebook Dominates But Reddit Is Growing

    Shopify has compiled data from its platform merchants to determine how much value commerce sites get from social media engagement, and put the results into a massive infographic. If, like me, you find infographics tedious and antithetical to meaningful analysis, then you’ll be happy to see I pulled the most interesting tidbits out of the giant graphic for a closer look. It’s… Read More

  • Apple Made Over $1B On The Sale Of Around 10M Apple TV Units In 2013

    Apple Made Over $1B On The Sale Of Around 10M Apple TV Units In 2013

    Apple’s TV business still consists only of an over-the-top streaming media box, and not a proper TV set despite longstanding rumors that kind of hardware was on the way – but it’s showing impressive growth nonetheless. The company sold approximately 10 million Apple TV units last year, according to estimates based on figures Apple CEO Tim Cook offered up at the annual… Read More

  • The Crowdfunder’s Dilemma

    The Crowdfunder’s Dilemma

    My crowdfunding campaign is fully funded now and I’m preparing metrics and other measurements to help us both understand some best practices for crowdfunding. But, until then, I wanted to comment a bit on the problems facing crowdfunders when it comes to marketing and sales. I’m a writer and it’s almost as if I’m naturally averse to self-promotion. That is exactly the… Read More