The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

wearable tech

Why Wearable Tech Isn’t the Next Big Thing — Yet

That was the consensus at the Wearable Tech Expo here in New York City today, where more than 1,000 execs are expected to gather and discuss the industry’s opportunities and challenges.

By: Jason Fell. Source: Entrepreneur

Birchbox

Birchbox is using its retail space to track customers offline

Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp describes the Soho store as a “laboratory.” It’s designed to reflect its online presence with iPads that showcase product reviews and a beauty bar where customers can test out different looks.

By: Aimee Groth. Source: Quartz

Hardware

The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

In the past six years crowdfunding has become a popular, if not the most popular, form of financing for hardware startups, potato salad distractions notwithstanding.

By: Matt Witheiler . Source: TechCrunch

Luxury Startup

It’s Never Been A Better Time To Create A Luxury Startup

I believe there are opportunities for luxury startups. These days, it has never been easier to start these startups. They can opt for a very lean manufacturing process to scale much more quickly than a traditional company who manufactures everything.

By: Romain Dillet. Source: TechCrunch

Instacart

Food 3.0 & the Instacart anomaly

Instacart, currently the most well funded and fastest growing startup in the emerging food space, is an anomaly. The evolution in food startups seems to have bypassed Instacart’s elementary appearance as an un-curated, broad, digital grocery store.

By: Ezra Galston. Source: VentureBeat

Venture Capital

7 Things Top VCs Do Differently

Just like every other industry, there are the middle-of-the-pack venture capitalists, and then there are those at the top of their game. Not all VCs are the same, and the difference between a B-lister and a rockstar lies in the delivery of the oft-promised “value add.”

By: Josh Linker. Source: Forbes

Divas Snow Gear

Facebook launched my startup

These entrepreneurs relied exclusively on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to jumpstart their small businesses.

By: Parija Bhatnagar. Source: CNN Money

Chloe + Isabel

Chloe & Isabel Crafts Its Own Sales Model

Chloe & Isabel was among the first of a recent wave of startups using technology and social-media tools to reinvent direct sales, a $32.67 billion-a-year industry, according to the Direct Selling Association.

By: Angus Loten. Source: Wall Street Journal

Fashion Ecommerce

Virtual Reality and Retail: Fashion’s Ecommerce Trends

Fashion is an ancient industry, and yet when it comes to ecommerce they’re ahead of the game. The line between technology and fashion is starting to blur and we’re beginning to see the rise of innovative, tech-focused fashion brands.

By: Jack Flanagan. Source: Huffington Post

Winterlife

In Seattle, Entrepreneurs Push the Limits on Pot Delivery

William “Jackrabbit” Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesn’t offer: marijuana.

By: Manual Valdes. Source: Inc.

Coolest

The $5 Million Cooler

Forget potato salads. There’s a new Kickstarter superstar: The Coolest Cooler. It’s just a cooler yet so much more. It already has over $5 million in funding on Kickstarter with 45 days left.

By: Matt Burns. Source: TechCrunch