The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

Shinola Taps Lambertson, Truex

Detroit-based watch, bike and leather accessories brand Shinola is getting new design directors–and they are well-known names. The brand announced recently that Richard Lambertson and John Truex will be coming on board to expand the accessories and leather goods categories.
By: Christopher Blomquist Source: SportsWearNet

Kevin Plank Invests in Knot Standard

KEVIN PLANK’S INVESTMENT IN SUITING FIRM: Kevin Plank, the chief executive officer of Under Armour, has made an investment in online bespoke men’s wear firm Knot Standard through his personal investment arm, Sagamore Ventures.
By: Vicki M. Young Source: WWD.

Startup Doggy BNB Makes Dog Care Easy

Need to arrange a ‘play date’ for your dog? Or for someone to care for your beloved pooch while you’re out of town? That’s where DoggyBnB comes in. It’s a community of pet owners and pet lovers – including your friends and acquaintances – who’ll be there when you and man’s best friend when you need them.
By: AlleyWatch.

Visionary Entrepreneurs are More Than Idea People

A popular approach for aspiring entrepreneurs these days seems to be to corner anyone who will listen with a pitch on their current “million dollar idea.” The initial monologue usually ends with the question, “How much money do you think this is worth?” In my humble opinion, ideas are a commodity and are really not worth much, outside the context of a visionary leader and a plan.
By: Martin Zwilling Source: AlleyWatch.

You Just Came Up With A Great New Business Idea – So Now What?

It might happen when grocery shopping at the supermarket, while you are at the salon getting your hair done, or as you are driving down the road: a new business idea hits you, and it doesn’t let you go!
By: Melanie Haselmayr. Source: Forbes.

The Vysk iPhone Case Ensures Your Camera And Photos Never Get Hacked

Earlier this month one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Jennifer Lawrence, along with many other actresses, experienced the nightmare that we all dread: Her personal photos were stolen and shared with all the world. The breach was accomplished using a brute force phishing method where iCloud user names and passwords were repeatedly guessed until the hackers came upon the right combination, and it was just the latest example of how vulnerable our photos are in the age of mobile phones and cloud storage.
By: Michael Grothaus. Source: Co.Labs.

Ben Horowitz to Startup CEOs: This Won’t Be Easy

Ben Horowitz minces few words in his new book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When 
There Are No Easy Answers. As the title 
suggests, it’s no roundup of feel-good 
stories about passion and vision. Instead, Horowitz, who is co-founder of the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and the software company Loudcloud (later Ops-ware), offers blunt advice on surviving the rough stuff startup life dishes out. He spoke recently with Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan.
By: Leigh Buchanan. Source: Inc.

Why Students Absolutely Should Create Startups

The easiest way to thrive as an outlier is to avoid being one. At least among your most treasured peers. Surround yourself with people in at least as much of a hurry, at least as inquisitive, at least as focused as you are.
By: Joel Gascoigne. Source: Entrepreneur.

The Kickstarter Categories That Earned the Most Money in 2013

Whether it’s for art, technology or film, Kickstarter has become the go-to place for entrepreneurs and creatives to turn their dreams into reality.

Since its launch in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has seen 70,226 successfully funded projects. But along the way, there have been 100,760 unsuccessful campaigns. This raises a question: Do certain Kickstarter categories perform better than others?
By: Kyli Singh. Source: Mashable.

Mobile Invoicing App Invoice2go Raises $35M, Former eHarmony Exec Greg Waldorf Joins As CEO

More than a decade after it was founded, Invoice2go is announcing that it has raised $35 million in its first round of external funding.

The round, a Series A, was led by Accel Partners and Ribbit Capital, with Accel partner Ryan Sweeney joining Invoice2go’s board of directors. In addition, Accel CEO-in-Residence Greg Waldorf has joined Invoice2go as, yes, its new CEO.
By: Anthony Ha. Source: TechCrunch.