The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

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.

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