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Tips and Tools for Great Business Names

Branding experts and marketers stress the important of having a unique business name. A business name is the foundation for advertising to get new customers. What Should I Name My Business? Choose a business name that will connect with your brand and of course make sure the name is available. Short and simple is best for business name ideas. How Do I Name My Small Business? Consider your target audience when choosing a business name. It should be used as a domain name and in an email addres...
Tags: Sales, Godaddy, Startup, Cisco, Bbc, Aol, Shopify, Bluehost, Squadhelp, Oberlo, Namelix Namelix, Anadea, Namelix, Squadhelp Squadhelp, Nameboy, Wordlab Wordlab


How to Open a Profitable E-commerce Shop

We can all do with a little bit of extra cash in our pockets. You could get a job and work for it; alternatively, you can be brave and create your own business opportunity. With the internet, the later option is now easier than ever before. When it comes to making money online, there are numerous means through which you can do this. Unfortunately, not all of them are profitable. Opening an e-commerce shop like Shopify can be a lucrative venture when done the right way. But before doing that, t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sales, More, Shopify


SCOTT GALLOWAY: Palantir can wrap itself in the flag all it wants. The company is still a s----y business that has never made money in 17 years.

Galloway says Uncle Sam should be advising Palantir. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is his recent blog post and video, republished with permission. It originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice." Galloway critiques Palantir, a data management software company cofounded by Peter Thiel, ahead of its IPO scheduled for late September. He calls Palantir "the Rudy Giuliani of tech," saying that despite th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Opinion, White House, US, America, Trends, Netflix, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, New Orleans, Silicon Valley, Accenture, Biden


Popular NYU professor Scott Galloway has a new course on business strategy anyone can sign up to take — I took away MBA-like insights for way less money than going to business school

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Prof G Scott Galloway is an NYU professor, entrepreneur, and author. He also hosts a popular podcast called Pivot with Kara Swisher. I've been a follower of Scott for the last couple of years. I read his book The Four and have been listening to Pivot since it launched. Most recently, he became well known as one of the major critics of WeWork's business model ahead of its unsuccessful IPO.When I saw...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Shopify, Coursera, Nyu, Scott, Galloway, Kara Swisher, Scott Galloway, NYU Stern School of Business, IBM Google, Harvard MIT, Google Facebook Amazon, AmazonThe, Breton Fischetti


How much money a thrifting YouTube creator makes per month on the platform

Alexa Hollander Alexa Hollander Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here.This week, my colleague Sydney Bradley interviewed Alexa Hollander, who is known as Alexa Sunshine on her YouTube channel, about how she makes money from thrift-store shopping videos and how she built a career around sustainable fashion.Hollander turned her YouTube channel into a full-time job last Septe...
Tags: Google, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Advertising, Trends, Sydney, The New York Times, Kardashian, Shopify, Hamptons, Influencers, Louis Vuitton, Dan, Hollander, Sergio Rodriguez


In media, being big is no longer good enough

Hi and welcome to the Insider Advertising, weekly edition, where we break down the big recent stories in media and advertising. Reminder: Sept. 11 is the nomination deadline for our Rising Stars of Brand Marketing list. Submit yours here. HBO's "Game of Thrones" HBO Big isn't necessarily beautiful Remember when it seemed like size was everything? That was the thinking a few years ago when telcos AT&T and to a lesser extent, Verizon, proclaimed their plans to become advertising and ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Hbo, Media, Advertising, Trends, Public Relations, Netflix, Edelman, Hulu, Chevron, Shopify, AppNexus, Reed Hastings


Why a startup with $10M in annual revenue took 18 months to get VC funding

Back in 2006, Joseph Heller went to China where he spent the next decade learning about the manufacturing business. Based on that experience he eventually built a startup called The Studio. The idea was to help connect people with a small business idea to manufacturers in China in a fully digital way. By 2016 he had grown his startup into a $10 million annual business with 100 employees around the world. But when it came to fundraising back in the U.S., Heller found it wasn’t easy for a Silic...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, China, Silicon Valley, Manufacturing, Joseph Heller, University Of California Berkeley, Black, Shopify, Heller, Ignition Partners, Ignition, The Studio, Recent Funding, Founders Stories


What Facebook's new ad policy means for political advertisers

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for September 4. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected], a quick programming note: We will not be publishing the newsletter on Monday due to Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend, and see you on Tuesday!Today's news: What Facebook's new ad policy means for political advertisers, TikTok tests in-v...
Tags: Facebook, US, Trends, Netflix, Parks, Shopify, Grey, Steve Madden, Richard Cartwright, Lauren Johnson, Business Insider Google, Lauren Read, Umbrella Academy, WarnerMedia, Microsoft Walmart, Dan Whateley


Best Affiliate Programs – And the Highest Paying

As a website owner, writer, blogger or social media influencer you work hard creating quality content. Chances are you dream of finding the best ways to make money from your efforts — and that includes the best affiliate programs. Savvy content creators look for the highest earning opportunities that are relevant to their audience. That way they can earn cash at the same time as they serve their readers, by highlighting products and services they’ve taken the time to investigate and carefully s...
Tags: Amazon, Home Depot, Instagram, Microsoft, Ebay, Wordpress, Sales, Godaddy, Walmart, Affiliate Program, Commission, Dell, Costco, Shopify, Coursera, Gamestop


How much big brands like PepsiCo and American Express pay for marketing roles

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for September 1. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: What marketers for top companies like Nike and Verizon get paid, which apps influencers use, and McDonald's CMO explains its partnership with Travis Scott. Pepsi's 2019 Super Bowl ad starring rapper Cardi B. Pepsi ...
Tags: Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, CMO, Nike, Unilever, Walmart, Getty Images, American Express, Pepsico, Shopify, Business Insider, Travis Scott, Scott


The Future of Facebook: Three Trends Worth Watching

A few recent announcements across the social media landscape recently led me to theorize the future direction that Facebook may take. As a leading social media agency, we’ve watched this platform evolve since day one, updating strategies as new features emerged and others disappeared. But current events have made our team wonder what impact new changes will have for social media marketers. Let’s jump right in. Merging of Instagram Messages and Facebook Messenger Earlier this month, Faceb...
Tags: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, India, US, Seo, Snapchat, United States, Shopify, Facebook Marketing, Facebook Shop, Lasso, Facebook News, Facebook WhatsApp, Facebook Changes, Facebook Updates


Kubernetes engineers keep your favorite software running

In Greek, the word "kubernetes" means "helmsman." In tech, it's a system created by Google that uses containers to help software work more efficiently with the server space it has. Just as someone helms a container ship, Kubernetes makes sure everything gets where it's supposed to be.Containers are systems that have everything needed to run a piece of software: the code, the dependencies, and on and on. Companies build their products using containers so they’re standardized, whether it runs in t...
Tags: Google, Developers, Lego, Cern, Mom, Shopify, Legos, Kubernetes, Michelle, Janet, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Google Cloud, Shopify Shopify, Google Kubernetes Engine, KubeCon, Kuberentes


From Bricks to Clicks: 9 Steps to Move Your Brick-and-Mortar Store Online

COVID-19 lockdowns hit brick-and-mortar stores hard, leaving retailers scrambling to shift their business online. Smaller, independent stores don’t have the same financial safety nets of bigger brands, so getting this transition right is essential. Setting up an online store seems simple enough, but don’t be fooled — there are several important steps you need to take so your transition to an e-commerce business model will be successful. Here is a guide to selling your products online. STEP 1: N...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Cms, Shopify, Right Now, Phlywheel, Mortar Store Online, Stefani Forster


Here are the 94 companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Demo Day 2

And we’re back! Today was part two of Y Combinator’s absolutely massive Demo Day(s) event for its Summer 2020 class. As we outlined yesterday, this is the first YC accelerator class to take place entirely online, from the day zero interviews all the way on through to their eventual demo day debut. We talked with YC President Geoff Ralston about what it was like to take the program fully remote (and whether or not it’ll be staying remote for the long run) . Nearly 100 companies presented yest...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Y Combinator, UK, India, Africa, US, San Francisco, Tech, Merck, Nasa, Mit, Netflix, United States, Pakistan


Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part 2

Figma for filmmakers, TikTok for English learners and a cryptocurrency twist that actually makes sense? After 197 pitches, Y Combinator’s Demo Day for its Summer 2020 cohort has concluded. While the fanfare, run-ins and fortune cookies were missing in this virtual session, it was still exciting to see and hear founders from 26 countries pitch their passions. Of course, some opted for a more quiet route, raising millions before the two-day pitch session even kicked off. Members of the Summer 2...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gaming, Y Combinator, Finance, Government, Tech, European Union, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, GreenTech, Biofuels, Telemedicine, Shopify, Financial Technology, Y Combinator Demo Day


Facebook is bringing a Shop section to its app, while Instagram expands Live Shopping

Facebook is announcing a number of new e-commerce features both within the main Facebook app and on Instagram. The pandemic has forced many businesses to shift online, and Facebook made a big announcement in May around the ability of merchants to create Facebook Shops that are viewable on both Facebook and Instagram. More recently, Instagram launched a redesigned Shop section, where users can browse products from their favorite brands and creators. Now the company is bringing a similar exp...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Tech, United States, Bigcommerce, Shopify, Facebook Shop, Vishal Shah, George Lee, Facebook Marketplace, Instagram Shop, Instagram More


Here are the 98 companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Demo Day 1

Today was part one of Y Combinator’s two-parter Summer 2020 Demo Day, where nearly 100 companies debuted their efforts to the world for the first time. The Summer 2020 batch of companies was the first fully remote YC cohort, with the ongoing pandemic leading the accelerator to take its program entirely virtual. But it was actually YC’s second virtual demo day; as the severity of the pandemic became more clear back in March, YC moved the Demo Day portion of its Winter 2020 class to virtual at ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Python, TC, Y Combinator, Europe, UK, Indonesia, Mexico, India, New York City, Africa, US, Tech, ERP, United States


Jack Ma's $200 billion Chinese fintech firm Ant Group could reportedly go public in October in a monster IPO. Here's how the company went from an ant-sized startup to PayPal rival.

Ant Group, an affiliate fintech company of Chinese retail behemoth Alibaba, is gearing up to go public with an anticipated $200 billion valuation. The company was formed in 2014 to run Alipay, a ubiquitous digital payment service used by millions of Chinese shoppers. Here's what we know about Ant Group, whose IPO could catapult the fintech firm past the world's most established financial institutions, like Goldman Sachs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Although almost 1 bi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hong Kong, UK, China, Softbank, US, Trends, Paypal, Vienna, House Of Representatives, Shanghai, Alibaba, Tencent, Goldman Sachs, Alipay


A chart predicts more than half of all US internet users will buy online groceries at least once this year, a 42% jump, as more consumers avoid in-store shopping (AMZN)

More than half of all internet users are expected to buy groceries online this year, according to eMarketer. The shift is largely driven by shoppers avoiding stores amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Latest earnings results by big retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, and Target, highlight the shift. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Online grocery is having a big moment this year as the COVID-19 crisis has driven more people to shop online. That shift in behavior is going to resul...
Tags: Amazon, US, Trends, Walmart, Instacart, Shopify, Emarketer, Amazon Walmart, Andrew Lipsman, Business Insider The, Lipsman


Why is cloud revenue growth so slow if the digital transformation is accelerating?

So far, 2020 has been mostly a garbage year, but it has also been consistently interesting in terms of the amount of change that it has brought. Venture capital? Changed. Public markets? Very changed. How to go public? How about a SPAC? E-commerce? Going through a once-in-a-generation step-change. E-commerce venture investment? Down. Fintech investing? More nine-figure rounds than ever. Fintech losses? New records. The list goes on. But amidst the signals and noise, there has been a notable them...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Cloud, E-commerce, SaaS, Redpoint, Fintech, Shopify, Twilio, Software As A Service, Qualtrics, Financial Technology, SPAC, Cloud Infrastructure, The Exchange


The IPO market is on fire after a short-lived drought — here are the hottest public debuts to keep an eye on, and which banks are eyeing big fees for pulling them off.

After some big successes in the 2020 IPO class, investors are looking ahead to a big-name slate of more unicorns and decacorns coming to the public market.  Palantir and Asana could go public, perhaps via direct listings, by the end of September. Other big names eyeing IPOs include Airbnb and Snowflake.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After a dip in initial public offerings in the spring, the market is back in full swing. Tech companies that sat out market volatility and ...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, Corporate America, Australia, Ipo, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Trends, Adidas, Bloomberg, Paypal, Cnn, Walgreens, Peter Thiel


Six Toronto VCs discuss COVID-19 and the post-pandemic era

As North America’s fourth-largest city, Toronto is one of the world’s top startup ecosystems. After spawning companies like Eventbrite and Crowdmark, Ontario’s capital has attracted international talent that complements its homegrown population of entrepreneurs and technical talent. Six investors we surveyed who work and live in the area said they believe Toronto will continue to thrive after the COVID-19 storm passes. Some of them focus exclusively on the region, while others invest elsewhere a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Advertising Tech, Toronto, Tech, Remote Work, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, United States, SaaS, Gm, Venture Capital, North America, Fintech, Shopify


Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile (AAPL)

Hello and welcome to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. Let's see how far we can get this week before mentioning TikTok. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. Most of our content is available to BI subscribers. Click here for 20% off.  This week: Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile After nine years in the top job, Apple CEO Tim...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Cook, Microsoft, Congress, Stanford, China, Ipo, US, Toronto, Trends, Paris, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley


Amazon reportedly wants to take over JCPenney and Sears stores to turn malls into giant fulfillment centers

Amazon is in talks with the biggest mall owner in the US to take over retail space and turn them into giant Amazon fulfillment centers, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The deal could involve Amazon taking over spaces formerly occupied by Sears and JCPenney, both of which have filed for bankruptcy and closed dozens of stores. Amazon would benefit by gaining well-located warehouse space in cities and could decrease delivery time on orders, but fulfillment centers wouldn't attract much c...
Tags: Amazon, Congress, North Korea, US, Trends, Sears, Wall Street Journal, Shopify, Simon, Jcpenney, Simon Property Group America


Startups Weekly: What countries want your startup?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. They say business needs certainty to succeed, but new tech startups are still getting funded aggressively despite the pandemic, recession, trade wars and various large disasters created by nature or humans. But before we get to the positive data, let’s spend some time reviewing the hard news — there is a lot of it to process. TikTok is on track to get ba...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Microsoft, Etsy, China, India, US, America, Tech, Tencent, Silicon Valley, South America


Anaheim couple’s MicroPuzzles go big amid pandemic restrictions

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, millions of Americans are spending more time at  home. Many are working remotely, while others are unemployed or working far less because their hours have been reduced. Regardless of their situation, they all have one thing in common — more time on their hands. What to do? Enter MicroPuzzles. So what are MicroPuzzles? Think puzzles, but smaller. Much smaller. The tubes they come in are just six inches long and an inch and a half wide, but the 150 tiny pieces in...
Tags: Business, Japan, Florida, Hollywood, News, Sport, Canada, Soccer, San Diego, Shopify, Anaheim, NPD Group, NPD, Magic Castle, Ron Jon, Steve Marshall


The rules of VC are being broken

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. As ever I was joined by TechCrunch managing editor Danny Crichton and our early-stage venture capital reporter Natasha Mascarenhas. We had Chris on the dials and a pile of news to get through, so we were pretty hype heading into the show. But before we could truly get started we had to discuss Cincinnati, and TikTok. Pleasantries and extortion out...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Etsy, India, Venture Capital, Gumroad, Equity, Edtech, Shopify, Chris, Cincinnati, Natasha, Danny Crichton, Rigetti


A top Wall Street tech analyst says Google is 'less relevant' in e-commerce since the pandemic — and it needs to develop or acquire to start gaining ground on rivals like Amazon (GOOGL)

Companies such as Amazon and Shopify have seen huge tailwinds to their e-commerce businesses during COVID-19. Not so much for Google. One top Wall Street analyst says it's something Google "needs to address" in the coming months. "I don't know if they have to acquire or develop their way back," he said. A recent internal reshuffle along with some changes to the selling process could help Google in its efforts to claw back in shopping, but it won't be easy. Visit Business Insider's homepage for...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Trends, Eu, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Shopify, Business Insider, Rbc, SVP, DoubleClick, Mahaney, Amazon EBay, Mark Mahaney, Prabhakar Raghavan


PayPal's CFO outlines ambitious plans to become your virtual wallet and why potential partnerships with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba make more sense now

PayPal has been an independent company for five years since it was spun off from eBay, which acquired the payments platform in 2002. With the expiration of its eBay operating agreement, PayPal is eyeing growth through partnerships with global e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and Shopify. The company has been red-hot in 2020, with its stock more than doubling since mid-March.  John Rainey, PayPal's CFO, told Business Insider the payments giant wants to do more than process payments for other c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, UK, Etsy, Ebay, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Alibaba, Brazil, American Express


PayPal's CFO outlines ambitious plans to become your virtual wallet — including a potential partnership with the likes of Amazon or Alibaba

PayPal has been an independent company for five years since it was spun off from eBay, which acquired the payments platform in 2002. With the expiration of its eBay operating agreement, PayPal is eyeing growth through partnerships with global e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and Shopify. The company has been red-hot in 2020, with its stock more than doubling since mid-March.  John Rainey, PayPal's CFO, told Business Insider the payments giant wants to do more than process payments for other c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, UK, Etsy, Ebay, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Alibaba, Brazil, American Express