retail therapy

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 […]

better doing

Investors and operators: lessons learned from both worlds

From Brent Beshore who’s building a different sort of investment firm at “An essay on what investors should learn from small and midsize business operators in the trenches, and on what operators should learn from professional investors.” | learn more

retail therapy

A brand is a voice and a product is a souvenir

This post on the Kleiner Perkins website highlights their investment in Pattern Brands. The team was responsible (as an agency) for branding at Hims, Sweet Green, Harry’s, and Smile Direct Club. They decided to stop taking on clients and build […]