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Online-only Platforms Are Going Offline With Permanent Spaces

An anonymous reader shares a report: The retailpocalypse started in 2010. It followed the 2008 global recession, with the parallel birth and rise of social media adding fuel to the growth of online shopping. Suburban and rural malls sat empty, underutilized or poorly maintained as the most affected brands lost their customer base in the squeezed middle class. Meanwhile, online retailers thrived without the overhead costs of a physical space. Nearly a decade later, the online-only platforms that ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Venice, Shopify, Abbot Kinney, Depop, Hunker House, Little Italy Manhattan, Silver Lake LA Read


$35 billion fintech Stripe just inked a deal with hospitality PoS-maker Lightspeed — and it's a case study in navigating the tricky world of payments

Lightspeed is a point-of-sale software provider for hospitality companies, restaurants, and niche retailers, and it just launched a payments product in partnership with the buzzy fintech Stripe. Lightspeed's partnership with Stripe is big, but there are still gaps in the payment world that Lightspeed will need to fill with other payments processors. CBD merchants, for example, are restricted from Stripe's network. Here's what the Lightspeed partnership with Stripe means in the context of payme...
Tags: Lyft, Trends, Square, WeWork, Montreal, Sequoia Capital, Shopify, Mastercard, Visa, Lightspeed, McKee, Dax Dasilva, Dasilva, Nussey, Jordan McKee, Stripe Square


Startup venture and alumni funds

According to the 2019 Annual European Venture Report by PitchBook, European startups raised €32.4 billion in 2019 (despite a lower deal count). Out of which, CVC participation grew to €14.7 billion, a substantial 52.6% YoY increase. Corporate venture capital (CVC) represented 45% of the total capital raised. The rise of CVC volume is well documented (see post on VC Cafe), but what’s less discussed is funds started by mature startups or “new corporates”. These are funds launched by venture bac...
Tags: Okta, Navy, Softbank, Trends, Romania, Silicon Valley, Harry, Airbnb, WeWork, Andreessen Horowitz, Bumble, Stripe, CVC, Unicorns, Jones, Shopify


Unicorns launching funds

According to the 2019 Annual European Venture Report by PitchBook, European startups raised €32.4 billion in 2019 (despite a lower deal count). Out of which, CVC participation grew to €14.7 billion, a substantial 52.6% YoY increase. Corporate venture capital (CVC) represented 45% of the total capital raised. The rise of CVC volume is well documented (see post on VC Cafe), but what’s less discussed is funds started by mature startups or “new corporates”. These are funds launched by venture bac...
Tags: Okta, Navy, Softbank, Trends, Romania, Silicon Valley, Harry, Airbnb, WeWork, Andreessen Horowitz, Bumble, Stripe, CVC, Unicorns, Jones, Shopify


Shopify goes all in on React Native for mobile development 3 years after Airbnb dropped it like 3rd-grade French

Commerce platform should have a better time, right? Shopify, a commerce platform that claims over a million businesses as customers, is going "full steam ahead" in shifting all its mobile development to React Native.…
Tags: Software, Airbnb, Shopify


React Native is the Future of Mobile at Shopify

Shopify's VP Engg, Farhan writes: We have many mobile surfaces at Shopify for buyers and merchants to interact, both over the web and with our mobile apps. We spent time over the last year experimenting with React Native with three separate teams over three apps: Arrive, Point of Sale, and Compass. From our experiments we learned that: in rewriting the Arrive app in React Native, the team felt that they were twice as productive than using native development—even just on one mobile platform test...
Tags: Business, Tech, Shopify, Engg Farhan


Pop-up grocery coming to Venice

Most people view grocery shopping as a quick in-and-out experience — grab what you need and head home. But what if your local grocery store offered a broad range of products not found in other stores, and also had a living room for lounging and gathering? And what if it hosted after-hours events for the community? Welcome to Pop Up Grocer. The New York-based company, which opened two pop-up markets in New York City last year, is coming to Venice. The 1,000-square-foot location at 62 Windward Ave...
Tags: New York, New York City, Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Ikea, Venice, Kylie Jenner, Shopify, New York City Photo, Kellogg, Kylie Cosmetics, Bob Phibbs, Schildt, Phibbs


14 big investors like Bain Capital Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and Point72 weigh in on how the meaning of fintech is evolving — and no one can agree if the term should be expanded or retired

Business Insider surveyed 14 investors to understand how they define the word "fintech." Responses varied greatly. Some think it's pretty straightforward, while others think it's complicated and wide-ranging. Some VCs said the term "fintech" isn't really a thing anymore, and others think "fintech" could mean applying finance to everything, as opposed to applying tech to finance. But even though the investors didn't settle on one clear answer, a lot of their money is converging. In 2019, VCs po...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Fintech, Fis, Shopify, Bain Capital Ventures, Cb Insights, Matt Harris, Fiserv, PETER JOHNSON, Mark Goldberg, Edison Partners, Jennifer Lee, Point72 Ventures, Sean Park, Arjun Chopra


We asked 14 big backers like Bain Capital Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and Point72 what counts as a fintech. They had a wide range of opinions on a $24 billion question.

Business Insider surveyed 14 investors to understand how they define the word "fintech." Responses varied greatly. Some think it's pretty straightforward, while others think it's complicated and wide-ranging. Some VCs said the term "fintech" isn't really a thing anymore, and others think "fintech" could mean applying finance to everything, as opposed to applying tech to finance. But even though the investors didn't settle on one clear answer, a lot of their money is converging. In 2019, VCs po...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Fintech, Fis, Shopify, Bain Capital Ventures, Cb Insights, Matt Harris, Fiserv, PETER JOHNSON, Mark Goldberg, Edison Partners, Jennifer Lee, Point72 Ventures, Sean Park, Arjun Chopra


Shopify vs Volusion – The Ultimate Showdown

More than 80 percent of people use e-commerce sites for shopping. E-commerce platforms have a firm grip in the markets, and they are not going to lose their shine sooner or later. With the increasing popularity of these e-commerce solutions, the competition between these eStore builders is even more intense. Hence, we are here to clear your doubts and give a constructively critical comparison of two leading SaaS solutions, viz-a-viz Shopify and Volusion. Shopify and Volusion both are online sto...
Tags: Startups, E-commerce, Shopify, Others, Online Commerce, Online Platform, Volusion, Volusion Shopify, Sharon Winget


6 Highly Effective Steps To Building A 6-Figure Dropshipping Store

Your time is scarce, but that doesn’t mean that starting a successful dropshipping business these days is impossible. Everyone is on an equal playing field, provided with the luxury of the same 24 hours in every day. Money can be earned, lost, saved, invested, but not time. We can’t tuck away minutes in a checking account or inside the cover of our pillows. Yet, most people inevitably opt to exchange their most valuable resource for cash. It’s a mistake that often leaves them miserable as they c...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Business, Instagram, Entrepreneur, Warren Buffett, Lifehacks, AliExpress, Shopify, Upwork, Privacy Policy Contact Us Shipping Times


eCommerce Store Strategy | To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question

There is no doubt that there is money to be made in eCommerce. The PWC 2018 Global Consumer Insights Survey found that nearly three-quarters of over 22,000 consumers across 27 territories of the world say they plan to spend more, or the same, than the previous 12 months.  They will do so mostly at a brick-and-mortar store or online with mobile devices, with 88% of consumers willing to pay for same-day or faster delivery. eCommerce is a huge industry, but there is also a huge number of businesses...
Tags: Amazon, Marketing, Digital, Pwc, Shopify, eBay Alibaba


The Year Ahead for Small Business, Part 2: More Expert Predictions on New Trends and Opportunities We’ll See This Year

Last week we took a look at what several business experts, entrepreneurs, and business thought leaders predicted was going to unfold for small business owners in 2020. Now, in part 2, I want to share additional predictions about advertising, marketing, workplace issues, retail, and more. If you missed part 1, be sure to read The Year Ahead for Small Business: Experts Weigh In on What Small Biz Owners Should Expect. Advertising Peter Bordes, CEO, Kubient  Back to basics: Silos will open, frag...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Yahoo, California, Youtube, Singapore, Marketing, Colin Kaepernick, Sales, Business Planning, Trends, Nike, Bank Of America, Netflix


Know How Shopify Experts Can Make Your Business Grow

From the data recorded from 2015, the International telecommunication union (ITU) has stated that nearly 43% of the world population uses the internet. And from the latest data recorded in 2018, the percentage has gradually increased to 55.1% stated by internet world stats. The increasing internet access and usage indicate why every business needs to be visible on the digital platform and have an efficient Shopify website available for online customers. New York, the hub for economic, commercia...
Tags: Google, New York, Web Development, Web Design, Marketing, Shopify, ITU, Rohit, eCommerce Website Design, Web Design Agency, Shopify Experts, Shopify Website Development, Bio Peter Dong, HYA Media Peter


The Mantra to Attract More Clients as Being a Shopify Partner

Are you among the usual Shopify partners that failed to attract customers? Well, let’s make you unique! Shopify partners; provide you with the best quality of resources and handy tools. These features will surely lead you to your dream car. The resource section is just full of the numerous information and brochures and flyers in abundance. Moreover, the branding tips are also provided by Shopify. You will also get participation in a monthly newsletter that will include the mandatory tips which c...
Tags: Sales, Linkedin, More, Shopify, Liquidblox


The Best of What I Read in 2019

2019 was a huge year for me.  I rediscovered nature, recommitted to writing, experimented widely, scuttled many things that have weighed on me for years, and greatly improved my overall investing. Most important, I deepened my relationships with my family, my girlfriend, her family, and my closest friends more than in any previous year. 2019 was a year of surprising business growth. But more surprising still, it was a year of developing a greater sense of inner peace, and the two have ra...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Japan, Texas, Steve Jobs, Drew Houston, Germany, Evernote, Singapore, US, Lifestyle, America, San Francisco, Earth, Ted, Austin


The Best Books and Articles I Read in 2019

2019 was a huge year for me.  I rediscovered nature, recommitted to writing, experimented widely, scuttled many things that have weighed on me for years, and greatly improved my overall investing. Most important, I deepened my relationships with my family, my girlfriend, her family, and my closest friends more than in any previous year. 2019 was a year of surprising business growth. But more surprising still, it was a year of developing a greater sense of inner peace, and the two have ra...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Japan, Texas, Steve Jobs, Drew Houston, Germany, Evernote, Singapore, US, Lifestyle, America, San Francisco, Earth, Ted, Austin


Apple AirPods Make More Money Than Spotify, Twitter, Snapchat, and Shopify Combined

An anonymous reader shares a blog post from Kevin Rooke, investment specialist and co-founder of blockchain marketing agency agency0x: Imagine a startup with $12 billion of revenue, 125%+ YoY revenue growth (two years in a row), and Apple-esque gross margins (30-50%). Without knowing anything else about the business, what would you value it at? $50 billion? $100 billion? More? That's Apple's AirPods business, the fastest-growing segment of the world's most valuable company. Though Apple doesn't ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Shopify, Kevin Rooke, Spotify Twitter Snap


Online shopping's continued growth could lead to more acquisitions in the logistics space, analyst says in his e-commerce predictions for 2020 (AMZN)

These are the four major transitions currently taking place in the broader e-commerce sector, according to Baird Equity Research's analyst Colin Sebastian. The four areas include growth in digital payments, expansion of third-party logistics, adoption of e-commerce technology, and surge in online marketplaces. As more companies build in-house logistics services, there could be potential acquisitions between shipping companies and e-commerce platforms, he says. Amazon is his top pick for 2020. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Trends, Paypal, Nasa, Facebook Messenger, Shopify, Venmo, Sebastian, Amazon US, AMZN, Instagram and Pinterest, Baird Equity Research, Colin Sebastian


What to Expect When You Expand

What do you do when you’ve been successfully steering your company across the global market waves for quite a bit and are now longing for more? You go into the unexplored. You expand. As daunting as this growth undertaking may appear, it is what stands between you and new business opportunities, increased profits and more customers. The Ansoff Matrix lists four strategies to expand, namely: market penetration, product development, market development, and diversification. In market penetration st...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Benjamin Franklin, Shopify, Right Now, Michael Perry, Craig Miller, Microsoft Advertising, Ansoff, Shopify Email, Nikita Kotliarov


Venture capitalists reveal the startups that changed everything in the last decade (UBER, SFIX, AMZN, TEAM)

It's been an eventful decade in the startup world.  The rise of smartphones, online marketplaces, the sharing economy, and cheap access to the cloud have enabled entirely new business models — some more successful than others. Business Insider spoke with five venture capitalists about the startups that had the biggest impact on the tech world throughout the 2010s.  They noted that companies like Theranos and WeWork demonstrated the pitfalls of "founder worship" and the pursuit of growth at all...
Tags: Google, Startups, Australia, Washington, Wikipedia, Israel, US, Trends, Walmart, Sydney, Square, Silicon Valley, Waze, Kalanick, Robinhood, Fintech


Shopify CEO Says Long Hours Aren't Necessary For Success

Tobi Lutke, the founder and CEO of $48 billion e-commerce cloud-software company Shopify, took to Twitter to remind us all that we don't need to work 80 hours a week to be successful. Business Insider reports: "I realize everyone's twitter feed looks different. But I'll go ahead and subtweet two conversations that I see going by right now: a) How the heck did Shopify get so big this decade and b) You have to work 80 hours a week to be successful," he tweeted. He says he and his cofounders have g...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Shopify, Tobi Lutke, Long Hours Aren


The CEO of $48 billion Shopify says long hours aren't necessary for success: 'I'm home at 5:30pm every evening'

Shopify founder CEO Tobi Lutke has a holiday message for you: you don't need to work 80 hours a week to be successful. He's living proof, he explained in a Twitter thread on Thursday. Shopify is expected to report $1.55 billion in revenue for 2019, according to analysts polled by Seeking Alpha, and its stock has soared over 200% in 2019 to $407 per share. All of it done with a reasonable workweek, Lutke says. "I've never worked through a night. The only times I worked more than 40 hours in a w...
Tags: Elon Musk, Arianna Huffington, Stanford, Trends, Tesla, Canada, Silicon Valley, Jack Dorsey, Marissa Mayer, Shopify, Jason Fried, Ottawa Canada, Tobi Lutke, Julie Bort, Twitter and Square, Lütke


How to Choose the Best Email Software for Your Business

If you have a website, you need to have an email list. Whether it’s an eCommerce site, a blog, an online forum, or any other type of website, building an email list will allow you to directly message your customers, your leads, and your biggest fans any time you have something to say. You won’t have to wonder if they saw your new blog post or your latest post on social media, with email marketing your message gets sent straight to their inbox. Plus, according to HubSpot, 99% of consumers check t...
Tags: Blogging, Shopify, Salesforce Hubspot Facebook Lead Ads Google, Blogging Online


What’s Next? A Small Business Vision for 2020

. {display:none !important;} .ezoic-ad {min-height: 10px !important;} .tagdiv-type iframe {display:none !important;} What lies ahead for small business owners and entrepreneurs? Many I’ve talked to feel like they are living in a Dickens novel. It’s the best of times: The economy is going strong, driven, says Sharon Miller, managing director, head of small business for Bank of America, by consumer spending. She says, “according to Bank of America data, consumer spending is up 5.5% o...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Business, Pinterest, Instagram, Yahoo, California, Youtube, Singapore, India, Colin Kaepernick, Brands, Nike, Bank Of America, Netflix


Who will the winners be in the future of fintech?

Nik Milanovic Contributor Share on Twitter Nik Milanovic is a fintech and financial inclusion enthusiast, with a decade of work across mobile payments, online lending, credit and microfinance. More posts by this contributor Fintech’s next decade will look radically different Libra’s critics are missing the forest for the trees So what happens when fintech ‘brings it all together’? In a world whe...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, TC, Lyft, Column, Finance, Tech, E-commerce, Ireland, Alibaba, Bank, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, Alipay, Ant Financial, Api


Fintech’s next decade will look radically different

The birth and growth of financial technology developed mostly over the last ten years. So as we look ahead, what does the next decade have in store? I believe we’re starting to see early signs: in the next ten years, fintech will become portable and ubiquitous as it moves to the background and centralizes into one place where our money is managed for us. When I started working in fintech in 2012, I had trouble tracking competitive search terms because no one knew what our sector was called. The ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Facebook, Uber, Europe, UK, Instagram, Finance, Senate, Tech, Paypal, Venture Capital, Bank, Payments


How To Start A Business After A Period Of Illness

Starting your own business can be a great way to regain your confidence and put yourself in a strong financial position following a period of illness. However, starting a business is never easy and you must have a plan in place to reach your business goals and ensure long-term success. Here are some useful tips on how to start a business after a period of illness. Seek compensation for negligence. Starting a business is rarely cheap. There are likely to be significant startup costs involved, ...
Tags: Startups, Shopify, Others, Startup Advice


Learn To Build a Brilliant eCommerce Business at this Los Angeles Event

If you are on your eCommerce journey, whether you are just starting, buying or a seasoned pro, you will learn a lot at eCommerce Day Los Angeles. This is because some of the leading players in the industry will be represented at this all-day event. You will learn the ins and outs of eCommerce from the head of Google’s eCommerce, the manager of Shopify’s education program and more than 30 experts from Brex, Privy, Postscript, Sand Cloud and other companies. Additionally, you will also hear from ...
Tags: Google, New York, Sales, Los Angeles, Chicago, Shopify, Houston Texas, Santa Monica Calif, Marina del Rey California, Small Business Events, Brooklyn NY National Small Business Week, Brex Privy Postscript Sand Cloud, New York City NY TECHSPO Houston, Santa Monica Calif TECHSPO Los Angeles


Finding the right portrait image

Today was another day of template building, I am reaching the point where the SlideMagic app starts to contain more slides than the SlideMagic template store that I host with Shopify. I did some work on finding good portrait shots today. Although now there are many free photo sites around with abundant amount of images of people, it is still tricky to fi...
Tags: Images, Shopify, Speaking, Sahara, SlideMagic, Baylee Gramling, Lindbergh Paimalan