The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

Teel Lidow

Clothing that goes from farm to fashion

By: Adrianne Pasquarelli. Source: Crain’s New York Business Teel Lidow’s Boerum Apparel is one of several fashion firms at the vanguard of sustainable sourcing…


Foodee, making slow food accessible

From being stuck in meetings to a lack of food joints on the doorstep, refueling your body with good food can often be a tricky task at the office. That’s where Foodee comes in.

By: Michelle Phillips

Interior Design

The Future of Furniture: 6 Shops to Watch

Source: Apartment Therapy Since starting Apartment Therapy in 2004, we’ve seen a lot of change in the industry; things have sped up, manufacture is…

Savile Row Society

Meet the Woman Taking on Traditional Men’s Retail

Savile Row Society launches Monday. The idea: Bring a top-notch selection of clothing, with a spectrum of buying options, via a website, or by connecting with one of a network of personal stylists, who will do the buying for them.

By: Christine Lagorio-Chafkin. Source: Inc.

Online Shopping

5 Ways to Improve the Online Shopping Experience

Digital marketers can implement Bricks and Mortar touches into their website to increase conversions and improve the overall digital shopping experience.

By: Tom Wentworth. Source: Mashable

Have Funding? Great. Now Stop Burning Through Your Cash.

There is a major problem in the startup community: companies are flippantly burning through cash. This problem is serious because it means that these money guzzlers aren’t going to be able to weather a downturn in either business or the economy at large, and it also exemplifies the mentality of those running them — a lack of paranoia.
By: Adam Callinan Source: Entrepreneur.

There’s Now a Crowdfunding Campaign for a Permanent Cat Café in NYC

Can’t imagine anything better than curling up with a cup of tea and a feline companion? You may want to pony up some cash to make New York City’s first permanent cat café a reality.

Little Lions is attempting to raise $65,000 to open the city’s first “cat sanctuary and tea house.” The café aims not only to provide a place for humans to play with cats, but also give shelter cats the opportunity to find new adoptive owners.
By: Kate Taylor. Source: Entrepreneur.

Navdy gets $6.5M for its in-car display for your phone, might show up in rental cars soon

Smartphones are good for a lot of things, but they’re not so good when it comes to safe driving.

But Navdy, a company that recently revealed the head-up display it’s been working on, wants to harness all of a smartphone’s magic in a safe way. And today, the company is revealing that a few months ago, it raised $6.5 million in seed funding from a collection of investors.
By: Kia Kokalitcheva Source: VentureBeat.

4 Essential Money Mistakes Entrepreneurs Overlook

As I get rolling on a new startup with my partners at Startup.SC, astartup incubator in South Carolina, I am reminded of a few painful mistakes many entrepreneurs, myself included, make when starting a business.
By: Peter Gasca Source: Entrepreneur.

Uber launches its business travel service in 41 new countries

In a bid to replace corporate car services, transportation startup Uber announced the global rollout of “Uber for Business” today, introducing the corporate billing system into 41 new countries.
By: Harrison Weber Source: VentureBeat.

7 Ways to Tell Your Small Business’ Story Online

When you manage a small business, attracting and maintaining a loyal customer base is crucial for overall success. By letting your customers know about your business and what you offer through different, engaging avenues, you have a better chance of earning their trust. Offering products or services that your audience needs is one step, but promoting the overall brand and story of your business is important for bringing in repeat customers. Here are seven unique ways you can share your business’ story online.
By: Daniel Young Source: Entrepreneur.

Lost-Item Tracker Tile Raises $13 Million To Fund International Expansion, Android Release

Tile, the lost-item tracker that raised millions in crowdfunding wants to give objects a voice by connecting them to the web. To capitalize on the growing demand for Tile’s small, square-shaped devices that attach to bags, bikes, keychains and more, the company has raised $13 million in funding, in a $9.5 million Series A round led by GGV Capital, a firm known for its global ties, and a $3.5 million seed round led by Shenzhen-headquartered Tencent. Tile also announced this morning it’s bringing Tile to Android.
By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch.

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.