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Enterprise e-commerce startup el-dokan closes $550,000 pre-seed round

Egypt – Enterprise e-commerce technology startup el-dokan has announced closing a $550,000 pre-seed round, led by a cluster of local and regional investors including EFG EV, Flat6Labs, 500 Global, and Hala Ventures. Launched in late 2020 based in Egypt, el-dokan primarily targets large retailers and chain stores seeking to expand their e-commerce market share, increase […]

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Finnish brand aggregator raises $30M in funding to acquire e-commerce brands

London and Helsinki based aggregator eBrands has raised 50 million dollars in funding to help small and medium-sized digital native brands out to the next stage for selling. The brand aggregator acquires companies with a potential on a global base and minimal logistical carbon footprints. The round was backed by Varma Pension Fund, Rettig Group […]

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Moonshot Brands funding, acquisitions highlight change in e-commerce aggregator space

Moonshot Brands today announced it secured $30 million in equity and $150 million in a credit facility that will be used, in part, to purchase assets from other e-commerce aggregators. Co-founder CJ Isakow said this was just the beginning of what he thought would be further consolidation in the crowded sector. “A lot of funding […]

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It’s All Goods: Thrasio Rebrands with a New Mission

Carlos Cashman, CEO of Thrasio, announces company rebrand and site redesign + vision for the future of consumer goods and retail. Maybe you noticed. We spruced the place up a bit. You may have already taken a tour of our website. It’s got a great new logo, exciting colors, and fun writing. But the site […]

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The astonishing profitability of the Search Funds

For some years now, we have been witnessing an increase in the popularity of Search Funds promoted by professionals (Searchers) between 30 and 40 years old, with great potential and an entrepreneurial mentality to find, buy, operate and sell an SME a few years later. These are young people who no longer want to work […]

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Naked Brand Group Announces Pricing of 50 million dollar registered direct offering…

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA / ACCESSWIRE / January 27, 2021 / Naked Brand Group Limited (NASDAQ:NAKD) (“Naked” or the “Company”), a global leader in intimate apparel and swimwear, today announced that it has entered into securities purchase agreements with certain institutional investors for the issuance and sale of 29,415,000 of its ordinary shares at a price of […]

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The Buzz Around Brand Aggregation

In July 2020, Thrasio became the fastest US company to reach unicorn status. Does anyone know why they are named Thrasio? In May 2021, Perch, another brand aggregator, set a new record for the fastest US company to achieve profitable unicorn status. Perch had then raised four times the largest ever Series A raised by […]

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Unybrands brings in $300M to acquire more e-commerce businesses

Unybrands is the latest e-commerce aggregator to pick up a significant investment, this time closing $300 million in growth capital from Crayhill Capital Management. The Miami-based company, which created a platform for e-commerce businesses looking to scale their operations on and off Amazon, was founded in 2020. It previously raised a $25 million seed round […]

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How global supply chain challenges will impact holiday beauty shopping

The aftermath of today’s port congestion,  shipping challenges and factory shutdowns  will play out throughout the holiday season  into 2022, experts say. BEAUTY WON’T BE spared by supply chain disruptions this holiday season, though there are some silver linings for big companies, experts say. A months-in-the-making  mixture of coronavirus-related shutdowns, unpredictable — and  fatal — […]

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Forum Brands secures $100M in debt financing to acquire more e-commerce brands

Forum Brands, an e-commerce acquisition platform, announced today that it has secured $100 million in debt funding from TriplePoint Capital. The financing comes just over two months after the startup raised $27 million in an equity funding round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Brenton Howland, Ruben Amar and Alex Kopco founded New York-based Forum Brands […]

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Why Web-Based Businesses May be the Hot Investment Trend of 2021

As calls go, this one was fairly typical. A woman who already owned several brick-and-mortar businesses in New York contacted Website Properties to learn about the possibility of acquiring an online company. “She didn’t want anything with physical inventory and didn’t want to work on it eight hours a day,” says founder David Fairley. “She was […]

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Shopify Solidifies Standing in Ecommerce Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a shift toward ecommerce for consumers and merchants alike. Regarding big cap tech stocks, few benefitted as much as Shopify Inc. (SHOP), which saw massive gross merchandise volume (GMV) year-over-year growth from the end of 2019 to 2020, amounting to 119%. While the surge toward online buying and selling of goods […]

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E-commerce boom lifts another startup as Shipium lands $8M to help retailers keep up with Amazon

  Online shopping has surged amid the pandemic, forcing e-commerce companies to ramp up their fulfillment capacity. That’s good news for startups building e-commerce software such as Shipium.  The Seattle startup just raised $8 million to help online retailers with technology that improves operations inside their fulfillment centers. It’s the latest software startup to ride […]

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E-commerce firm Stackline raises $130M in latest giant funding round for Seattle-area startups

New funding: E-commerce startup Stackline landed $130 million from TA Associates as part of a Series B round. It comes less than a year after Stackline raised a separate $50 million round. It’s also one of the largest funding rounds for a Seattle-area startup this year, coming on the heels of massive cash infusions for […]

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Led by ex-Amazonians, Acquco raises $160M to buy and scale e-commerce businesses

  There has been a flurry of investments in startups focused on acquiring third-party sellers on Amazon and helping them build their businesses. The latest is Acquco, which aims to stand out from the others in that it was formed by a pair of founders — Raunak Nirmal and Wiley Zhang — who actually worked […]

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US Ecommerce Growth Jumps to More than 30%, Accelerating Online Shopping Shift by Nearly 2 Years

Top 10 retailers will grow market share by 5% this year, with Best Buy and Target both expected to surge more than 100% The pandemic has accelerated ecommerce growth in the US this year, with online sales reaching a level not previously expected until 2022. In our Q3 US retail forecast, the top 10 retailers […]

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Chicago again ranks as top city for startup investor returns

In a new report from venture capital database Pitchbook, Chicago once again leads the country as the best city for VC investor returns. Pitchbook, along with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, ChicagoNEXT and P33, announced Thursday that Chicago again leads the U.S. in tech investor ROI. It’s a designation Chicago first earned in 2016 and has held onto […]

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E-commerce startup Heroes raises $65M in equity and debt to become the Thrasio of Europe

  Heroes, a European e-commerce business operating a similar model to unicorn Thrasio in the U.S. — with a strategy of acquiring and scaling high-performing Amazon businesses — has raised $65 million in a funding round. The round — a mixture of equity financing and debt — is co-led by 360 Capital and Fuel Ventures, […]

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Digitally Native Vertical Brands Are Leading To The Rise Of D2C Holding Companies

The digitally native vertical brand (DNVB) model started gaining traction about a decade ago, but has only really exploded over the past few years. It’s become the talk of the town as more and more startups and venture capitalists jump on the bandwagon and place their bets. Glossier, Casper, Honest Company and Harry’s are some […]

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