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Venture Capital

It’s time for retailers to start paying close attention to social media

The top 500 retailers earned $3.3 billion from social shopping in 2014, up 26% from 2013, according to the Internet Retailer's Social Media 500. That is well ahead of the roughly 16% growth rate for the overall e-commerce market in the US.<p>Now new initiatives from a number of different social …

eCommerce

Why everything you thought you knew about buying quality leather is wrong

But what exactly do these terms mean? When you're buying your fancy leather briefcase, jacket, or shoes, you should know exactly what to look for in your leather.<p>Since a cow hide is so thick, the layers are often cut and used to make different products.<p>Genuine leather<p>Genuine leather doesn't just …

Clothing

AFFILIATE MARKETING REPORT: Publishers earn revenue with performance-based marketing

BI Intelligence<p>Many people associate affiliate marketing with the selling of diet pills, teeth whiteners, and other controversial products. Although this darker side to performance-based marketing still exists, affiliate programs have moved to the mainstream, with major retailers and publishers now …

Marketing
Mobile

How This Young CEO Made the Transition From Founder to Leader

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Kegan Schouwenburg, the co-founder and CEO of 3-D printed insoles company SOLS, just turned 30.<p>When she was raising SOLS' seed round, she was in her late 20s. And while she doesn’t think her age or gender held her back – startup culture …

Blond Hair

High-tech means higher sales for many small retailers

Small retailers use high-tech innovations to build relationships with customers; they often can't compete with big chains on prices, so they aim at better, individualized service. Some of the technology is designed for smaller companies, while some retailers find ways to turn a widely-used computer …

eCommerce
eCommerce

The BBC Is Giving Away 1 Million Hacking Kits To Kids

Can they teach kids how their computers actually work?<p>This fall, every 11- and 12-year-old school kid in the U.K. will be given a BBC Micro:bit, a tiny pocket-sized computer with no screen, no keyboard, nothing that most people would recognize as a computer. Until you program it, it sits there as …

Twitter has one major advantage over Google and Facebook

As of November, Twitter had just 60,000 advertisers, which is small fries compared to Google (4 million) and Facebook (2 million). But Twitter has one big advantage: It makes much more money per advertiser than either of those giant internet companies.<p>Based on data from Macquarie Securities and …

French Fries

The number of tech 'unicorns' worth a billion or more has doubled in the last year

Mobile tech is booming: New figures from Digi-Capital show the number of mobile-tech "unicorns" — companies with $1 billion-plus valuations — has almost doubled in the last 12 months.<p>In 2013, there were 38 unicorns across all tech sectors; in 2014, there were 68 in mobile Internet alone. And the …

Venture Capital

Beacons are moving out of the pilot phase and helping retailers and marketers revolutionize in-store shopping

Beacons can be used to power indoor maps, payments services, and location-sensitive product catalogs. There are many different beacon hardware vendors and systems — including Apple's iBeacon system — but they all share some basic characteristics. Namely, they allow retailers and event organizers to …

eCommerce

Why you should pay attention to this rising Chinese Internet company

The company reported fourth quarter revenue of $477 million, a 24% increase from the previous year. Including the company's online gaming and search engine subsidiaries— Changyou and Sogou, respectively — Sohu's total revenue was $1.7 billion in 2014.<p>Analysts are talking more positively about the …

China

What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy

The Chinese mega-city of Shanghai has been cracking down on popular taxi-booking apps, banning their use during rush hour. The government says apps discriminate against older people and those who don't have smartphones.<p>But economists and some customers see the crackdown as a small, textbook case of …

Harvard students learn about Apple's history through manga

There's no doubt that Harvard's Business School is serious business, but its students are surprisingly learning about the history of Apple's two Steves through a non-traditional medium: manga. Professor Noam Wasserman has been teaching about Wozniak's and Jobs' friendship and eventual falling out …

£120 Micro 3D printer raises $1m in 24 hours

The Micro, a 3D printer that costs $199 (£120), has raised more than $1 million (£600,000) on Kickstarter in just 24 hours.<p>The Micro -- created by a …

Israeli startup\’s battery can charge a smartphone in 30 seconds

Digital Postal Mail Startup Zumbox Hits The Deadpool

Zumbox, the startup that created a service to deliver postal mail digitally in a paperless format, is shutting down.<p>The company announced the shutdown in an email sent this week to users of the service, which was first posted by InfoTrends writer Matt Swain. Zumbox is recommending that users export …

Silicon Valley gets excited about a small news story

Suddenly, after a prolonged drought, fresh money is pouring into US digital news. The strange thing is where it is going.<p>Instead of mass market …

Journalism