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Brandless shuts down operations

The best-funded online retailer that aimed to cut out brand premiums and sell everything direct-to-consumer has shut down. They had raised $290 million, mostly from SoftBank, but couldn’t get the economics of the business to work. Some of the investment […]

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Important attributes of modern consumer brands

From True Ventures, investors in Blue Bottle Coffee, Fitbit, Madison Reed, Peloton, and Ring. “From these experiences, we’ve developed a list of attributes they embody that we find essential when evaluating investment opportunities in next-generation brands and products.” | learn more

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What’s Amazon’s market share?

Is it 35% or 5%? “Amazon is a big company, but what does that mean? How big is ‘big’? What does ‘dominant’ or ‘scale’ or ‘huge’ mean when US retail is $6 trillion every year?” Written by VC Ben Evans. | learn […]

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Let the holiday resales begin

From Deloitte: “With the resale market growing 21x faster than the retail apparel market in the past three years, we wondered if holiday shoppers would be willing to gift a used item. We found that just over a quarter (27 […]