Category Startups

These 40+ Commerce Startups Have AI at Their Core

AI, it’s all the rage these days. CB Insights: Investors poured a record high of $4.9B into artificial intelligence (AI) startups in 2016, and AI is already affecting more areas of our lives than many people realize. Even retail and e-commerce companies are increasingly integrating the technology. While chatbots may be one of the more well-known […]

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 […]

E-Commerce Investments Bounce Back Up After Slow-Ish 2016

Market research company CB Insights on the recent uptick in e-commerce investments: Deals to e-commerce startups increased for the first time since Q1’16, reaching 190 deals in the first quarter of 2017. Funding also increased last quarter, more than doubling the $2.3B seen in Q4’16. The top three deals in Q1’17 to Flipkart, Koubei, and […]

The Weird Eve Sleep IPO and the Mattresses Hype

Mattresses. Everyone needs to sleep on one. But the current mattresses hype is really something to behold. Now, UK’s Eve Sleep, not three years old, went public in good old New Economy fashion. Eve Sleep got £35 million on a valuation of £140 million. From the stock exchange prospectus (PDF): On 15 March 2017, an […]

Does Boxed Stand a Chance Against Amazon?

Boxed, “a mobile commerce company focused on delivering the big box club experience to mobile devices” according to Crunchbase, has recently been making headlines. Boxed is, next to Wish, one of the more promising e-commerce startups in the US. With a total of $132 million raised in 4 rounds since 2013, Boxed is still rather […]

The Top E-Commerce Startups Around The Globe

CB Insights’ new roundup of global, large e-commerce startups is just another instance where we can see how big the Chinese market is: Breaking down the top e-commerce companies featured in the map above, we can see that 36% of e-commerce companies with $100M+ in funding come from China, while 29% come from the US, […]

The Biggest E-Commerce Acquisition Yet: PetSmart Buys ($880m Rev) for $3.35B

Pets. Who knew. Recode reported it first: PetSmart has made the biggest e-commerce acquisition in history, snatching up fast-growing pet product site for $3.35 billion, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal. The deal is a huge one by any standard — bigger than Walmart’s $3.3 billion deal for last year — […]