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Fresha raises $100M for its beauty and wellness booking platform and marketplace

Beauty and wellness businesses have come roaring back to life with the decline of Covid-19 restrictions, and a startup that’s built a platform that caters to the many needs of small enterprises in the industry today is announcing a big round of funding to grow with them. Fresha — a multipurpose commerce tool for independent wellness and beauty businesses such as hair, nail and skin salons, yoga instructors and more, based first and foremost around a completely free platform for those businesses ...
Tags: Health, Wellness, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, London, Marketplace, Funding, Tech, Paypal, Atlantic, Beauty, Alibaba, Square, General Atlantic, Lightspeed Pos


Ushopal looks to charm China’s beauty lovers with niche Western brands

What will China’s answer to Estée Lauder look like in the digital age? According to Ushopal, it will provide a seamless online and offline shopping experience, where China’s savvy beauty shoppers get to discover niche, tasteful brands and learn their stories. Ushopal was founded in 2017 by J&J veteran Lu Guo as an “omni-channel” partner for luxury beauty brands at a time when online and offline consumption were increasingly merging in China. Unlike traditional import distributors, which simply p...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Asia, China, Brand, Tech, Ceo, United States, Beauty, Paris, Shanghai, Alibaba, Estee Lauder, Neiman Marcus, Lau, Le Bon Marche


Jack Ma hasn't been seen in 2 months after clashing with Chinese regulators. Here's a look at how the Alibaba and Ant Group founder got started as a scrappy underdog and amassed a $50 billion fortune.

Jack Ma. VCG/VCG via Getty Images Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Alibaba and Ant Group, hasn't been seen in over two months, leading many to speculate that Ma is missing. Ma recently sparred with Chinese officials over Ant's planned initial public offering and the size and scope of Alibaba. The IPO has since been shelved and Alibaba is being investigated by antitrust regulators. Multiple sources say Ma is simply laying low amid the crackdown on his businesses. Ma, who founded Alibaba ...
Tags: Usa, New York, Yahoo, Ebay, Life, Finance, China, Ipo, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Trends, Wealth, Bloomberg, Features, Harvard


Bill Gates has warned of an impending pandemic for years. Here's how he's dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, from pledging $100 million to fight the outbreak to becoming Warren Buffett's 'scientific adviser.'

Bill Gates. Gus Ruelas/Reuters For years, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has warned the world of a severe, impending pandemic. In a 2015 TED Talk, Gates said that "we're not ready for the next epidemic." In 2017, Gates wrote in an op-ed article for Business Insider that the next epidemic could be "a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu." Gates has called the coronavirus a "once-in-a-century pathogen," and his charitable organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has comm...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Washington, Life, US, Trends, Features, Rome, Xi Jinping, Bill Gates, Alibaba, Food And Drug Administration, Argentina, Who, Cbs, Berkshire Hathaway


Meet the 15 richest people in Asia, who are collectively worth more than $500 billion

Even with a net worth of $58.1 billion, Alibaba's Jack Ma is only the second-richest person in Asia. Sean Gallup/Getty Images The 15 richest people from Asia in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List are collectively worth more than $500 billion.Some of the billionaires occupying the top rank are self-made and built their fortunes through tech empires, like Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, China's largest e-commerce company. Others inherited wealth from their f...
Tags: Google, Photos, Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Money, Microsoft, Life, China, Singapore, India, Trends, Bloomberg, Bbc, Features, Overwatch


Davos 2021 is postponed — here's what you need to know about the invitation-only conference that brings billionaires together with business and political leaders at a Swiss ski resort

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a panel discussion during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann The World Economic Forum (WEF) postponed its annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from January 2021 to "early next summer."Countless business leaders, 53 heads of state, and a handful of celebrities attended last year's meeting, and the program featured big names including President Trump, ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Politics, Greece, Cbs News, Life, Finance, Angela Merkel, US, Trends, Bbc, Davos, United States, Hawaii, New York Times, Billionaires


In Partnering With Alibaba, U.S. Brands Learn Lessons in Ecommerce

For U.S. apparel brands figuring out how to navigate life during and after the pandemic, partnering with ecommerce giant Alibaba has provided insights on how to bolster sales even with storefronts closed. But the success of these initiatives, undertaken by brands such as luxury goods purveyor Michael Kors or direct-to-consumer wool footwear pioneer Allbirds, goes...
Tags: Ecommerce, Fashion, Advertising, Customer Experience, Alibaba, Michael Kors, Experiential, Legacy Brands, Life After Lockdown, Alibaba U S Brands Learn Lessons in Ecommerce


Major tech company challenges LGBTQ censorship in China with this commercial featuring a gay couple

One the largest tech company’s in China is being applauded for its latest gay-friendly ad. Alibaba is an e-commerce and tech multinational conglomerate. The multi-billion dollar company just released a 20-second commercial that shows a gay couple returning to one of their homes for Chinese New Year. The ad starts with one of the guys introducing his boyfriend Kelvin to his mother. The camera then cuts to his father eyeing the men suspiciously while two girls, presumably in on the secret, giggle...
Tags: Life, China, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Alibaba, Commercial, Kelvin, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Weibo China, Toni


Those Beaded Bags You Love? Susan Alexandra Wants You To Thank These Women

The first time I came across a Susan Alexandra bag, I did a double take. I hadn’t seen it before, but I recognized it: A purse encrusted with thoughtfully chosen colorful pastel stripes, like a disco ball-turned-box. They looked uncannily similar to those tissue-box covers that my Chinese grandma used to make from her glass coffee table that I ate fried rice cakes off of when I went to visit her in Shanghai.My grandma wasn’t limited to just Kleenex boxes (which we displayed on top of our piano ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, UK, Rihanna, Mexico, New York City, Nigeria, Indiana, Queens, Shanghai, Alibaba, Bangladesh, Chinatown, Sanrio, Susan, Lisa


Jack Ma is very very very wrong about the 996 rule

Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese tech company Alibaba, has come out in favor of the so-called 996 rule, i.e. that you should work from 9am to 9pm 6 days a week if you want to have a successful career. For anyone doing the math that’s 72 hours of work a week. Add a 1 hour commute on top of that and there’s very little time left for your family, kids, hobbies, exercise, His belief in this is unshakeable: “I personally think that 996 is a huge blessing,” he said. “How do you achieve ...
Tags: Productivity, Leadership, US, Careers, Joe Biden, Alibaba, Github, Jack Ma, Don, Daniel Kahneman, Kahneman, Bendy, Happy At Work, Best of site, Overwork, Zach Holman


Mogu’s long journey: From rejecting Alibaba’s advances to US IPO

Mogu, a Tencent-backed service that offers fashion content and products to young women, has joined a string of Chinese tech companies pressing ahead to sell their shares through initial public offerings in the US before the year-end. Mogu priced its sale at $14 per share on Wednesday, toward the lower end of a marketed range. That values the unprofitable company at $1.3 billion, a drop from the estimated valuation of $3 billion after Mogujie acquired its chief competitor Meili to form Mogu in 20...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Fashion, Pinterest, China, US, Tech, E-commerce, Alibaba, JD.com, Tencent, Alibaba Group, Online Marketplaces, Taobao, Chen


Death Threats & $3 Ponytails: What The Fake Hair Trade Is Hiding

Nguyen Thi Thuy’s hip-length hair has always been one of her most prized possessions. Every morning before work, she gently combs out any knots, massages it with coconut oil to keep it jet black and shiny, and weaves it into the safety of a braid. Long, healthy, thick hair is a traditional marker of beauty in rural Vietnam, and although she already works two demanding jobs as a farmer and housekeeper, taking care of her hair is one of the few luxuries she can afford.Over the past few years, Thu...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Fashion, Music, New York, Hollywood, Russia, India, America, Los Angeles, Ukraine, Egypt, Alibaba, Crimea


The Truth About Where Hair Extensions Come From

Nguyen Thi Thuy’s hip-length hair has always been one of her most prized possessions. Every morning before work, she gently combs out any knots, massages it with coconut oil to keep it jet black and shiny, and weaves it into the safety of a braid. Long, healthy, thick hair is a traditional marker of beauty in rural Vietnam, and although she already works two demanding jobs as a farmer and housekeeper, taking care of her hair is one of the few luxuries she can afford.Over the past few years, Thu...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Fashion, Music, New York, Hollywood, Russia, India, America, Los Angeles, Ukraine, Egypt, Alibaba, Crimea


Brooks Brothers: Suited and Rebooted in China

Brooks Brothers is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, having opened its doors on April 7, 1818 as a small family haberdasher in New York. And it’s not restricting the festivities to its homeland—or hemisphere. Highlights from the blue carpet at our 200th Anniversary Gala at @jazzdotorg #BrooksBrothers200 @YaraShahidi @donlemon @colindonnell @JessicaVosk @GeoffreyArend @CaseyCott @NapOnACott @ericgoldie pic.twitter.com/mcoHEqvveu — Brooks Brothers (@BrooksBrothers) May 3, 2018 On t...
Tags: Fashion, Japan, New York, Jay Z, China, New York City, Uncategorized, Advertising, Disney, Anniversaries, Luxury, Alicia Keys, Shanghai, Alibaba, Ivy League, Starbucks


Brooks Brothers: Well-Suited and Freshly Rebooted in China

Brooks Brothers is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, having opened its doors on April 7, 1818 as a small family haberdasher in New York. And it’s not restricting the festivities to its homeland—or hemisphere. Highlights from the blue carpet at our 200th Anniversary Gala at @jazzdotorg #BrooksBrothers200 @YaraShahidi @donlemon @colindonnell @JessicaVosk @GeoffreyArend @CaseyCott @NapOnACott @ericgoldie pic.twitter.com/mcoHEqvveu — Brooks Brothers (@BrooksBrothers) May 3, 2018 On t...
Tags: Fashion, Japan, New York, Jay Z, China, New York City, Uncategorized, Advertising, Disney, Anniversaries, Luxury, Alicia Keys, Shanghai, Alibaba, Ivy League, Starbucks


Why LVMH Is Taking a Stake in a Sneaker Store

Stadium Goods is not just any sneaker store. It’s a purveyor of premium basketball shoes and streetwear, with customers including rappers, athletes and other sneakerheads with money to splash out on multiple pairs of shoes at a time. So it came as no surprise that LVMH has announced it’s buying a stake in Stadium Goods. The sneaker consignment store (and still takes in in-demand used shoes) and haute retailer’s description: “We are a premium sneaker + streetwear marketplace selling only the ...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Celebrities, NYC, China, Groupon, Uncategorized, Advertising, US, CMO, Nike, Adidas, Luxury, Alibaba, Retail, Scott Disick


China’s Tmall Car Vending Machines Expand Alibaba’s Brand Party

Watch out, Amazon. Alibaba is partnering with more Western brands than ever before, looking to top-tier marketing partners to help its e-commerce efforts in areas such as automotive, streaming entertainment, apparel and better mesh e-commerce and physical retail on their home turf. Ford and GM are among the auto brands participating in a consumer trial in China where auto shoppers can take vehicles for a three-day test-drive to decide if they want to buy. The Alibaba Group is opening two “Su...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Hollywood, Technology, Sweden, H&m, China, Uncategorized, Advertising, Holiday, Tesla, E-commerce, Ted, Netflix, Automotive, Vw


Amazon Taps Brands For Online and In-Person Holiday Pop-Ups

Are consumers ready to shop bespoke Amazon brick and mortars? The e-commerce juggernaut has sent big box retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and Target scurrying to devise competitive strategies. But now the boutiques on high streets from London to Los Angeles have reason to worry as Amazon prepares for the holidays with Amazon Fashion pop-up shops. Amazon is dipping its toe into holiday pop-up shopping by partnering with a number of brands. First, there is the Calvin Klein x Amazon Fashion retai...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Black Friday, Fashion, UK, New York, London, Campaigns, Whole Foods, Ebay, La, China, New York City, Uncategorized, Advertising, Holiday


Christopher Bailey Will Leave a Legacy of Creativity at Burberry

In the passing of an era, Burberry president and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey has announced he will leave the British luxury icon next year. “It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years,” Bailey said. “Burberry encapsulates so much of what is great about Britain. As an organization, it is creative, innovative and outward-looking. It celebrates diversity and cha...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Asia, Twitter, Photography, Fashion, Music, Design, Milan, London, Leadership, Instagram, Arts, Uncategorized, Advertising, Digital


Alibaba's censorship for sex toys is AMAZE-BALLS

If you want to buy a sex toy on Alibaba, you'll have to use your imagination, because all the naughty bits and holes and tips and such have circles-with-slashes censorship discs. You know, to make 'em safe for work. (via JWZ) (more…)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Business, News, Sex, China, Alibaba


The Shanzhai Index: Yeezy and New Balance Fakes Pop Up in China

One giveaway that the new Yeezy store in Wenzhou, China is an imposter isn’t just the dodgy “Weezy”-branded sneakers lining its shelves. Check out the store’s neighbor — an athletic apparel shop named “New Bunren” with a suspiciously similar logo to New Balance. Cue the latest rage in Western-branded China fakes. The fake Yeezy store saga is making headlines in fashion circles for its preposterousness. But this isn’t the first fake bricks and mortar outlet in China. Not by a long shot. It’s a p...
Tags: Apple, Fashion, Legal, China, Uncategorized, Advertising, Nike, Adidas, IP, Kanye West, Budweiser, Alibaba, Retail, Cambodia, Jordan, Apparel


Roots Cabin Brings Personalization to New Canadian Flagship

American camp buddies Don Green and Michael Budman founded Roots in 1973, inspired by their summer adventures in Canada’s Algonquin Park to dream up products to celebrate their love of all things Canadian. They skyrocketed to success including, last month, being named an iconic Canadian brand by Interbrand. The Roots co-founders sold a majority stake in 2015 to a private equity firm in order to focus on their apparel and lifestyle brand’s “next phase of growth.” Case in point: The Roots Cabin, ...
Tags: Amazon, Customization, Fashion, China, Uncategorized, Advertising, US, Toronto, Customer Experience, Taiwan, Green, Canada, Alibaba, Millennials, Retail, Personalization


Can Victoria’s Secret Be More ‘Real’ Without Betraying Its Brand?

Not even angels are protected from the tyranny of the “craft” product movement. Just as Big Beer struggles with a consumer shift toward speciality micro-brew offerings, so is underwear icon Victoria’s Secret struggling with its brand. Now, after admitting mistakes, can the brand get “small,” relatable and authentic to better engage with women in keeping with femvertising and brands celebrating real women? And more important, is a pivot toward being “real” a fundamental betrayal of its core bran...
Tags: Asia, China, Advertising, America, Beauty, Models, Paris, Shanghai, Alibaba, Millennials, Retail, Cbs, Agent Provocateur, Athleisure, Victoria, Athleta


Katy Perry Backs Out Of Concert Due To "Family Emergency"

Photo: Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock Katy Perry fans hoping to see the pop star in China this week will be disappointed. Page Six reports that Perry will no longer headline Alibaba’s kick-off concert to mark Singles Day in China. Taking to Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, Perry apologized for missing the show, and stated that a "family emergency" will keep her away.It hasn't been a great week for the "Firework" singer. The Hillary Clinton supporter — who performed at the Democratic Nati...
Tags: Fashion, Music, China, America, Bbc, Hillary Clinton, Katy Perry, Alibaba, Donald Trump, Tavi Gevinson, Weibo, Trump, Perry, Page Six


Raise Your Hand If You Recognize The Inspo Behind This Bag

Photo: Firstview. Growing up, the blankets my family used at home came from the one Chinese grocery store in town. They were thick, plush, patterned in frilly florals and scrolls, and came in either a serious-looking palette of brown and gold or eye-scorching fluorescents (and never anything in between). We bought them because they cost less than $15 — they also kept us very warm, made our cheap apartment more cheerful, and never looked dirty, despite how well-worn they got. Photo: Firstvi...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Paris, Alibaba, Paris Fashion Week, Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia, Gvasalia


The Glass Cliff Is Real & Marissa Mayer Is About To Fall Off Of It

Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images. Update July 25, 2016: Verizon announced this morning that it was acquiring Yahoo's core internet business, The New York Times reports. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO, defended the decision — and her controversial tenure — in an open email to all employees. It's unclear if she will continue working for Yahoo after the Verizon deal officially closes in 2017. If she is let go, she stands to receive a $57 million severance package.Below, writer ...
Tags: Verizon, Fashion, Music, Yahoo, Sean Rad, Dick Costolo, Steve Jobs, New York Times, Vogue, Alibaba, Sony, Fox News, Ellen Pao, Volkswagen, Jack Dorsey, Hillary


Disruptive Forces Poised to Change Your Business

A new book by McKinsey and Company outlines four major forces that will transform the world of the mid 21st century. A disruptive force is one that causes a major change in the fabric of an industry or society. Consulting firm McKinsey and Company believes that globalization, technological change, aging population, and trade connectivity will profoundly affect business and the economy. As they gain strength, they feed on, influence, and amplify one another. In the book No Ordinary Disruption: Th...
Tags: Business, Technology, China, Careers, Taiwan, Current Affairs, Alibaba, Brazil, Mckinsey, Hsinchu, McKinsey and Company, HR Issues, Life in the 21st Century, Santa Catarina


China Watch: Shanghai Disneyland, Lancôme Kowtow and More

It’s on like Donkey Kong—or whatever the Disney-owned equivalent of Donkey Kong is. With Shanghai’s $5 billion Disneyland just days away from opening on June 16, Wanda entertainment group is saying Disney’s “tiger” will not match its “pack of wolves.” Wanda has plans for 15 entertainment parks in China by 2020. But will Wanda have Starbucks? And not just any Starbucks: the Shanghai Disneyland theme park—Disney’s largest park on opening day ever—will have a mega-Starbucks with 110 baristas. Di...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Fashion, China, Advertising, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Bloomberg, Beijing, Luxury, Ford, Protests, Shanghai, Alibaba, Tencent


Well, That's One Way To Get A Celebrity Date

May 20 isn't a particularly significant day for Americans. But in China, the date is often referred to as the country's "online Valentine's Day," or "5/20."As Digit explains, the unofficial holiday started because the number "520" is similar to the words "I love you" in Mandarin. Retailers love to take advantage of the holiday, and couples love to celebrate the day, too. And this year, online retail giant Alibaba decided to take an interesting approach to help its single shoppers enjoy t...
Tags: Fashion, Music, China, Alibaba, Cnet, Taobao, Yang, Yang Yang


Gucci ‘Joss’: Kering Douses Branded Burnt Offerings at China Funerals

When Gucci launched its most recent Tian collection, it was a pivot to add a China-inspired element to the brand. But apparently Gucci did not mean to embrace everything China. The brand recently rushed to shut down sales of paper Gucci gear that was being sold to burn as offerings to deceased ancestors. The six Hong Kong stores quickly pulled the paper Gucci products following the cease and desist order from Gucci parent Kering. Burning paper products and replica currency as an offering to a...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Hong Kong, Fashion, China, Ancestors, Advertising, Adidas, Culture, Tradition, Luxury, Alibaba, Apparel, Mercedes, Gucci, Taobao



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