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Amazon expands same-day delivery to six more cities

Now customers in Dallas, Baltimore, and other major cities can get a product on the same day they order it...for a price, of course.<p>Need an item from Amazon before the day is over? The retailer is now offering same-day delivery in six more cities across the US.<p>As of Wednesday, consumers in …

Amazon brings same-day delivery to 7 more cities

Online retail giant Amazon is expanding its same-day delivery service to seven new markets, the company announced today.<p>Amazon offers lower shipping rates to those that sign up for its $100 annual Prime membership, which grants members free two-day delivery on anything Amazon or one of its …

Investors Pour $44 Million Into Instacart as Google Is Forced to Take Notice

Instacart will deliver groceries in 17 cities by year's end, and as many as 50 by the close of 2015.<p>A little more than a decade after the first generation of grocery-delivery companies collapsed, the industry seems poised to finally take off. And two-year-old Instacart is accumulating a war chest …

Andreessen Leads $7 Million Investment in Tristan Walker's P&G for People of Color

Jeff Jordan will join Walker on the company's newly created board of directors.<p>Walker & Company, the startup founded by Foursquare vet Tristan Walker to create health and beauty products for people of color, has landed a Series A investment of $6.9 million led by Andreessen Horowitz. The round also …

Google's Nest Buys Dropcam for $555 Million

Nest says it is undertaking the acquisition itself -- and that goes for the privacy policy, too.<p>Dropcam, the popular home monitoring camera startup, will be acquired by Nest, maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors. The deal is worth $555 million in cash.<p>Nest itself was just purchased by …

Inside Google’s Big Plan to Race Amazon to Your Door

An attempt to steal back product searches from the country's largest online retailer.<p>Google is the undisputed king of search in all but one lucrative and vital category: Product searches.<p>Over the past decade, Amazon has transformed itself from a seller of books online to the place Americans turn to …

Amazon Names Global Customer Service Boss to Run Fresh Grocery Business

The selection of veteran Tom Weiland is a sign of the growing importance of the initiative.<p>Amazon has tapped its global customer service chief, Tom Weiland, for the top role at the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery business as it gears up for nationwide expansion.<p>Weiland, who has run Amazon’s global …

Amazon Same-Day Delivery Selection Grows in New York. Are Groceries Next?

Clues point to preparations for an Amazon Fresh-equipped warehouse in New Jersey.<p>Amazon shoppers in New York City now have a wider selection of products they can order for same-day delivery, the company announced today. And it’s increasingly looking like groceries could be the next category of …

An E-Commerce Site Where You Can Haggle Down The Price

What are American holidays without shopping deals, right? A new kind of site has launched out of Y Combinator just in time for the most American holiday of them all.<p>Founders Andrew Kurland and Joe Marrapodi created their e-commerce negotiation site, Greentoe, out of frustration. The two were …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Why Germany Dominates the U.S. in Innovation

Reading the headlines, you might think that the most urgent question about national success in innovation and growth is whether the U.S. or China should get the gold medal. The truth is: Germany wins hands down.<p>Germany does a better job on innovation in areas as diverse as sustainable energy …

Amazon Tightens The Squeeze On Hachette

Amazon’s standoff with Hachette escalated this week as the world’s largest online bookseller stands accused of making it harder to buy books from Hachette imprints. <i>The New York Times</i> reports that Amazon is allegedly resorting to strong-arm tactics to negotiate a better profit-sharing deal, as Wall …

The Rise of The 'Uberized Economy' and What It Means For Business

<i>Matthew Faustman is co-founder & CEO of San Francisco-based startup UpCounsel.</i><p>The world of labor is changing. Through laptops and mobile devices, a new world of services is becoming more accessible. The platforms enabling such services are also providing new homes for a rising entrepreneurial class …

Wholesale Shopping App Boxed Raises $6.5M From Greycroft, First Round, And Signia

Last summer, mobile commerce startup Boxed launched its app to enable customers to buy wholesale goods and have them shipped to their doors. With ultra-fast growth over the last several months, the company has raised a $6.5 million round of funding designed to help accelerate things even …

'Grote bedrijven onderschatten de kracht van startups'

‘Grote bedrijven onderschatten de kracht van startups’<p><b>Er waait een andere wind in de top van het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven, merkt ondernemer Yuri van</b> …

Seth's Blog

Luxury goods as we know them were invented/amplified/regulated by Colbert in the 1600s. At the beginning, luxury goods were <i>better</i> goods--better made, …

RANKED: The Hottest Pre-IPO Adtech Startups Of 2014

Rubicon Project filed for an IPO, and its stock popped nicely on the first day — making adtech IPOs suddenly much more interesting than they used to be.<p>Tubemogul also filed for an IPO. DataXu confirmed it will do the same thing.<p>And, biggest of all, Pinterest looks like it is gearing up an adtech …