Category Startups

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 […]

#NOAH17 Berlin Pitches From Bongour, Joidy, Fliit, Roomle And Others

After the main sessions, many more NOAH17 Berlin startup pitches have now become available online. Here are five (mainly Germany based and focussed) startup highlights from the fields of e-commerce and logistics. Bongour is an interesting new startup that has yet to launch. Bongour can best be described as a P2P food platform: Through our […]

Semi-Social Mobile Marketplace Dote Raises $7.2 Mio. Through “Planet of the Apps”

At first glance, Dote doesn’t look like more than just yet another mobile marketplace for fashion brands. So it makes one wonder what exactly investors are seeing in Dote. Techcrunch: There are “brands that don’t want to put their stuff on Amazon because it degrades their brand,” claims founder and CEO Lauren Farleigh. Further, she […]

Why Did Investors Put $50 Mio. In Direct-to-Consumer FMCG Startup Brandless?

Why Did Investors Put $50 Mio. in Direct-to-consumer Fmcg Startup Brandless? Here comes the next direct-to-consumer brand startup. This time it‘s about FMCGs. Brandless is a mixed bag. The US startup raised $50 million over three rounds before launching. TechCrunch on Brandless: Brandless, the brainchild of serial entrepreneurs Tina Sharkey and Ido Leffler, hopes to […]

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, […]