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To scale subscription startups, get to know your customers

To scale subscription startups, get to know your customers The crowded world of subscription businesses offers ongoing opportunities to screw up your relationship with subscribers. At Disrupt San Francisco 2019, I spoke with Forerunner Ventures’ Eurie Kim, Lola CEO Alex Friedman and KiwiCo CEO Sandra Oh Lin about key issues and priorities […]

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Former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein is rewriting the e-commerce playbook

Former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein is rewriting the e-commerce playbook More than two years after Julie Bornstein–Stitch Fix’s former chief operating officer–mysteriously left the subscription-based personal styling service only months before its initial public offering, she’s taking the wraps off her first independent venture. Shortly after departing Stitch Fix, Bornstein began […]

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Shoe companies Rothy’s and Steve Madden are at each other’s throats

Shoe companies Rothy’s and Steve Madden are at each other’s throats In August, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the venture-backed shoe startup Rothy’s, shoe giant Steven Madden filed a pre-emptive lawsuit asking a federal court to rule that its Rosy Flat shoes don’t copy design elements of the Point ballet flat […]

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Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy news pertaining to startups and venture capital. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I profiled an e-commerce startup Part & […]

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The direct to consumer department store Neighborhood Goods has raised $11 million

The direct to consumer department store Neighborhood Goods has raised million Neighborhood Goods, the direct to consumer department store hawking brands like Rothy’s, Dollar Shave Club, Buck Mason, Draper James and Stadium Goods, has new cash to expand its storefront for e-commerce juggernauts. The company has raised $11 million in a new […]

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Tech startups want to destigmatize sex

Tech startups want to destigmatize sex Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. Given how sex is such a huge part of our lives, it’s no […]

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Forerunner just led a $3.5 million round for Homeroom, a software platform for after-school enrichment programs

Forerunner just led a .5 million round for Homeroom, a software platform for after-school enrichment programs San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures is best known for its long string of bets on successful and fast-growing consumer companies. Now, its newest partner, Brian O’Malley, who has a knack for finding startups that straddle both the […]

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Modern Fertility raises $15 million to sell its hormone tests — and gather more fertility data from its users

Modern Fertility raises million to sell its hormone tests — and gather more fertility data from its users Modern Fertility is a San Francisco-based company that sells fertility tests directly to consumers, but increasingly, those customers will be educating the company, too. Indeed, the two-year-old startup now plans to develop a database […]

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HotelTonight, Slack stakeholder Accel stays on top with $2.5B fund

HotelTonight, Slack stakeholder Accel stays on top with .5B fund Invest early and stand by your bets. Don’t buy logos or chase unicorns. That’s the Accel philosophy. At 35 years old, it has served them well, bagging the firm dozens of high-profile exits, including nine IPOs and 12 acquisitions in the last […]

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This VC went long on HotelTonight and it paid off; here’s how.

This VC went long on HotelTonight and it paid off; here’s how. Brian O’Malley has enjoyed a lot of success as a venture capitalist, thanks to bets on Bazaarvoice before it went public, and Dollar Shave Club before it was acquired by Unilever, and many other companies that have sold or gone […]

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