retail therapy

Amazon pilots CBD sales in UK

You might be surprised to learn that CBD, the substances seemingly sold in every corner store nowadays, is banned from Facebook and Google ads. I’ve seen Facebook workarounds that offer C-🐝-D instead. Amazon testing the category is a break with […]

big ideas

On battery recycling and the future

JB Straubel, the Tesla co-founder and former CTO, is deep in the battery recycling game. Historically recycling compliance for batteries has been low, but that must change as the volume keeps increasing. “Why Amazon and Panasonic are betting on this […]

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Amazon employee bribes lead to indictments

This sort of enforcement is great for consumers. I hope it discourages other sellers from going this route. “The U.S. Department of Justice has charged six people with bribing Amazon employees and contractors in an attempt to supply third-party sellers […]

tech, startups, internet

Amazon: a new kind of antitrust risk

I’m always on the lookout for things that might knock Amazon’s flywheel off balance. After all, it’s (pretty much) the only public company stock I own. Here’s a good one: “Amazon is the company most at risk from antitrust action, […]

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Interview with Thrasio cofounder Josh Silberstein

In April I first shared news of Thrasio, the company that’s bought over 60 Amazon marketplace brands. In July they reached unicorn status with a billion dollar valuation. Jason Calacanis interviewed the cofounder and Co-CEO a couple weeks ago. He dropped a […]