Category Investors

Fanatics and the Rise of E-Commerce Top Investor Softbank

SoftBank Group Corp’s Vision fund strikes again and invests $1 billion in online sports merchandise retailer Fanatics. We recently talked about this deal when it was rumored: Fanatics is a fascinating case for how an online retailer can entrench itself into the industry it is working in. But Softbank is the bigger story here: The […]

The Implications of Amazon’s New-Found Financial Firepower

Amazon is financing the Whole Foods acquisition with bonds. Bloomberg: Jeff Bezos has an army full of bond investors ready to back Inc.’s conquest of the supermarket industry. The world’s largest online retailer sold $16 billion of unsecured bonds in seven parts to fund its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. Reuters […]

Amazon’s New Nemesis: Softbank Pouring Billions Into Each Flipkart, Snapdeal AND Paytm

We talked yesterday about Softbank emerging as the biggest e-commerce investor worldwide. SoftBank and its equity fund for tech investments, Vision Fund, have just now invested $2.5 billion into Flipkart. Economic Times: SoftBank, the world’s largest technology investment firm, has bought a fifth of India’s most valuable startup – Flipkart — for a mammoth $2.5 […]

Softbank, Giving Out Money Like Candy, Is the Biggest E-Commerce Investor Worldwide

Softbank is a company everyone in e-commerce should keep an eye on. CNBC on the most recent Softbank news: Online sports merchandise retailer Fanatics is the latest company to get a cash infusion from SoftBank, a source close to the matter told CNBC. SoftBank and Fanatics are close to sealing a $1 billion deal, raising […]

On the IPO Plans at Stitch Fix, Farfetch And Many Others

2017 is shaping up to become the year of online retail IPOs. Blue Apron already has presented its first set of numbers. The rumors are getting serious for Stitch Fix’s IPO as well. Reuters: Stitch Fix Inc has hired investment banks for an initial public offering (IPO) that could value the U.S. personalized fashion internet […]

What Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report Has to Say About Online Retail

KPCB‘s Mary Meeker released her yearly internet trends report at the currently ongoing Code conference. Here is the full presentation: Out of those 355 (!) slides, we picked the relevant ones for online retailers and everyone interested in e-commerce. In General Mobile, mobile, mobile is additive to desktop: Pinterest is growing rapidly and is successful […]

Top Investors: Behind the Scenes at Baillie Gifford, the Scottish Unicorn Hunter

From Amazon to Zalando, from Flipkart to Souq, Baillie Gifford and its Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust are worldwide holding shares in almost anything that can be defined as a growth company in online retail. Bloomberg recently published a look behind the scenes (“How an old-school money manager became one of the world’s most important tech […]

Forerunner and Fung Capital Invest in Flow, a Service Provider for Cross-Border Commerce

Cross-border commerce is all the rage these days. (See Wish and eBay, for example) Now, TechCrunch reports on a funding round for Flow: A startup called Flow wants to make it easier for companies to sell their products in different geographies. To extend its platform to even more e-commerce sellers, the company has raised some funding from Forerunner Ventures and […]

Forerunner Ventures Team

Here’s the Investment Thesis of the VC Behind and Dollar Shave Club

We talked about Forerunner Ventures, one of the most interesting VCs in e-commerce today, at the end of last year: This year, Forerunner Ventures made headlines when their investment Dollar Shave Club sold to Unilever for $1 billion and their investment sold to Walmart for $3.3 billion. […] Forerunner segments its portfolio into Connected […]

Naspers and the Perspective of Global E-Commerce Investors

This week, we will be focusing on coverage from the Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas. The Global track was one of the highlights of the first day – with insights from, amongst others, Magazine Luiza from Brazil and Flipkart from India. The investors panel with Oliver Rippel, at Naspers CEO for B2C, and Hans Tung […]