San Diego

Piggyback is Crowdsourcing Drivers to Provide On-Demand, Same-Day Item Shipping

By | Jun 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Have you ever ordered something online and came close to opting for picking it up in-store? Convenient, yes; however, sometimes it’s just easier to wait several days to get the item delivered directly to us. Regardless of whether some of us are Type-As or…



What is the Clothing Genome Project, and What Does it Mean for Our Shopping Experience?

By | May 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Shopping for clothes can be a fun experience – but it can also be hell on Mother Earth. While it’s definitely fun to browse around looking for some cute things to potentially wear, it’s frustrating when you’re really only looking for something more specific…


Target is Investing $100 Million to Bring Smart Credit Card to Customers

By | Apr 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm

It looks like it took the hacking of 40 million credit and debit cards of Target customers to push one of the country’s largest retailers to implement safer technology for payments. Target announced that it plans to start having the option of a chip-based credit…



Miami’s LiveNinja Partners with IMRSV to Bring Emotion Recognition Technology to Online Shopping

By | Apr 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

Just last month, Miami-based LiveNinja launched Katana, their real-time video chat platform aimed at developing better understanding and closer relationships between businesses and their customers. This morning, the company announced that it has partnered with NYC’s IMRSV to add emotion recognition technology to Katana, providing an additional…



Come for the Fashion, Stay for the Fun: STYLECABLE to Launch in DC with a Pop-Up Party

By | Apr 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

Need some new clothes for the spring season? Tired of the hackneyed designs you’re finding in DC clothing retailers and department stores? Want to try on original pieces while getting treated to an open bar? Then come out to STYLECABLE’s pop-up shop and launch party this…

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Get Alcohol Delivered to Your Door in an Hour: NYC’s THIRSTIE is Coming to Chicago & Los Angeles

By | Apr 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Ever been too busy to go out and buy the alcohol for a house party you’re hosting, or simply been too lazy to do anything about it? Why not have some bottles of wine or vodka or whatever else delivered straight to your apartment?…


Los Angeles

Quarterly Closes in on 50 Curators as Site Gets Cooler by the Second (or Quarter!)

By | Apr 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Imagine getting home from a long day at work, after a traffic-jam-infused commute, to find a neatly selected care package from the ever-so-“Happy” Pharrell Williams, or the “bizarre” Andrew Zimmern, or human daredevil Tim Ferriss. I mean, how cool would that be!?! Well, if…


How Machine Learning Can Improve Customer Interaction

By | Apr 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

The one thing most businesses strive for is to make sure their customers are happy. In the past, the approach to this was fairly simple, engaging the customer through cheerful face-to-face interaction and seeing to all their needs personally. But as technology advances, more…



Get Inspired by these Global Innovators

By | Apr 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

The global marketplace has gotten a lot more crowded in the digital age. Fifty years ago, small businesses were able to access international markets indirectly as part of the supply chains of large multinational companies, but direct engagement was often limited to those firms…



Can Slyce Take Down Amazon Flow in Image Recognition Shopping?

By | Apr 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

It’s weird to think about now, but just a few years ago, the technology behind things like Google Glass still seemed unlikely to most of us — heck, even the functions of which our smartphones are now capable would’ve been deemed flukes in the…



Greg Cangialosi Named CEO of MissionTix, Hopes to Take it Back to Startup Roots

By | Apr 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

Baltimore-based MissionTix announced Tuesday that it has named Greg Cangialosi as CEO. MissionTix provides an online ticketing platform and consumer portal for events, concerts, and fundraisers, and Cangialosi plans to bring new ideas, technology innovation, and cutting-edge analytics to the team. “Our goal is…


5 Trends Driving e-Commerce in 2014

By | Feb 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

At this year’s Super Bowl, fans instantly knew where to go to buy that hot dog or grab a t-shirt, thanks to the NFL’s massive location-based marketing campaign. The league installed wireless transmitters throughout the stadium and Times Square that interacted with fans’ smartphones,…


2013 was a Big Year for Legal Startups; 2014 Could Be Bigger

By | Feb 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Roughly $458 million was invested into legal startups in the last year by investors. This is a remarkable increase from the $66 million invested in 2012. And 2014 began with a strong January seeing almost $12 million done in four deals. Awareness and confidence…



Fitting Room Social helps fashionistas find fashion that fits

By | Feb 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Bob Dylan once said that you have to take inspiration where you find it, and Fitting Room Social founder Brad Liff found his on the morning after Christmas a couple of years ago. While Liff’s wife was returning clothes that did not fit at a…


5 Lessons Startup Ecommerce Stores Should Learn From Large Brands

By | Jan 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

Seth Godin once wrote about The Merchants of Average and he waxed eloquent on how the world pushes you to “fit in.” It demands that you follow the norm. “Be like us,” “Do what we do,” and “This is the way we do things…



How Local Businesses and Nonprofits Can Benefit from Give to Win

By | Jan 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if you could support your community through local businesses and local nonprofits, at the same time? I mean both are equally significant to the lifeblood of the community – one supports us by providing the goods and services that we need, while…


San Francisco

What Does “The Future of the Credit Card” Mean to You? Here is Coin’s Idea

By | Nov 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Back in 2010, before Kanishk Parashar founded Coin, he had an idea to build a wallet and cash register app that would re-imagine the purchase process for day-to-day transactions. The idea was to be seamless and simple: When folks get near the register, it…