The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

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.

Club W Raises $9.5 Million To Appeal To Wine Lovers, Not Snobs

Club W Inc. has raised $9.5 million to grow its e-commerce wine business in the U.S.

Bessemer Venture Partners led the investment. Earlier the Los Angeles startup raised $3.1 million in a seed round led by Crosscut Ventures.
The deal comes after efforts to sell wine by some traditional retailers and startups didn’t bear fruit as hoped.
By: Lora Kolodny. Source: WSJ.

Mattress Startup

Startups Are Giving the Bedroom a Makeover

With traditional retailers merging and e-commerce startups growing quickly, the mattress industry isn’t getting much sleep these days.

By: Gabrielle Karol. Source: Entrepreneur

Emerging Fashion

6 Emerging Fashion Brands Worth Investing In

In the last two years, emerging fashion brands like Christopher Kane, Altuzarra, JW Anderson, Nicholas Kirkwood and Roksanda have attracted a flurry of investment. Who’s next?

By: Kati Chitrakorn. Source: Business of Fashion

PachIt

Smart Shopping Tool PoachIt Scores An Additional $1.8 Million

A company called PoachIt, which has now closed on an additional $1.8m in funding, is helping turn hesitant buyers into customers through its intelligent shopping assistant and mobile apps that help to find working coupon codes, plus tools that allow you to track price drops for any product.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch

Indiegogo

Indiegogo Tries Out “Forever Funding” Campaigns Without End Dates

Indiegogo is expanding beyond temporary crowdfunding projects and into hosting permanent crowfunded businesses. In the next few days it plans to launch “Forever Funding”, this will let creators raise money indefinitely rather than having to set a date for their campaign to stop.

By: Josh Constine. Source: TechCrunch