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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 […]

Alibaba Leads the Rising Flow of Chinese Investments Into India’s Startups

Forbes on the rising share of Chinese investors in India’s startups: The biggest highlight was Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding and its finance arm Ant Financial. Aiming to gain a stronger foothold in the country’s surging internet retail space, they invested a combined $680 million in mobile wallet Paytm. Alibaba’s investment is bearing fruit now, […]

It’s Not Just Amazon, These 130+ Startups Want to Change In-Store Retail (But Why?)

It is not just Amazon with its new beta in-store tech app Go. Investor data firm CB Insights has gathered information on 130+ startups working on transforming the in-store experience: Funding to startups offering technologies for use in-store is rising to an all-time high this year. These technologies, ranging from store management platforms, to wearables […]

Future Retail: Forerunner Ventures And The Next Big Thing

What’s the difference between good and bad e-commerce? It’s the shopping experience, says Forerunner boss Kirsten Green. Forerunner Ventures is one of very few VCs specialising in e-commerce: An early stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in ambitious entrepreneurs to define and dominate a new generation of commerce This year, Forerunner Ventures made headlines […]