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VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises $140M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund

VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises 0M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund E-commerce now accounts for 14% of all retail sales, and its growth has led to a rise in the fortunes of startups that build tools to enable businesses to sell online. In the latest development, a company called […]

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Reimagine inside sales to ramp up B2B customer acquisition

Reimagine inside sales to ramp up B2B customer acquisition Robert Wahbe Contributor Share on Twitter Robert Wahbe is the co-founder and CEO of Highspot, the sales enablement platform that reps love. Slack makes customer acquisition look easy. The day we acquired our first Highspot customer, it was raining hard in Seattle. I […]

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Founder-investor Natalie Massenet on how new brands win

Founder-investor Natalie Massenet on how new brands win Natalie Massenet, the fashion entrepreneur who founded the designer fashion portal Net-a-Porter, chaired the British Fashion Council for four years and today runs Imaginary Ventures, a venture firm that’s focused on consumer startups, took the stage a bit ago at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment […]

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Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year

Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit billion in payments processed by the end of the year Ebanx, the newly minted Brazilian financial services unicorn, expects to process $2 billion in payments by the end of the year and is looking to expand its offerings into domestic payments as it grows. Since its launch […]

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Why venture capital firms need culture experts

Why venture capital firms need culture experts When Susan Fowler’s 2017 blog post shined a light on Uber’s raucous culture, outlining rampant harassment and sexism, a debate erupted. What role do the deep-pocketed investors behind the company, those who allowed it to scale to monstrous proportions, have in developing and nurturing its […]

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Art on blockchain pioneer Verisart raises $2.5M for art and collectibles certification

Art on blockchain pioneer Verisart raises .5M for art and collectibles certification A lot of talk has been made about verifying valuable items on an immutable blockchain, but the main pioneer in this space has been Verisart, which appeared a few years ago to use a blockchain to create certification for the […]

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Shopify buys warehouse automation tech developer 6 River Systems for $450 million

Shopify buys warehouse automation tech developer 6 River Systems for 0 million Shopify, the shopping technology developer that’s quickly becoming the anti-Amazon, has taken another step up the sales supply chain with its $450 million acquisition of the warehouse automation and management technology developer, 6 River Systems. The acquisition will serve to […]

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How to use Amazon and advertising to build a D2C startup

How to use Amazon and advertising to build a D2C startup Matt Altman & Tyler Elliston Contributor Matt Altman runs the Amazon practice area for VMG Ignite, an eCommerce consultancy that helps early to mid stage CPG companies achieve growth. Tyler Elliston is the founder of VMG Ignite. Clients include Sun Bum, […]

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Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become so common

Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become so common Another day, another monster fintech venture round. This morning, it was personalized banking app MoneyLion, which raised $100 million at a near unicorn valuation. Last week, it was N26, which raised another $170 million on top of its $300 million […]

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India’s Haptik acqui-hires Los Angeles startup Convrg in international expansion push

India’s Haptik acqui-hires Los Angeles startup Convrg in international expansion push Mumbai-based Haptik, which operates a conversational AI platform, has already won several high profile clients in India. Now the five-year-old firm, with newly found significant capital in the bank, is attempting to replicate its success in international markets. On Tuesday, Haptik announced […]

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