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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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