Acquisition

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…

Ecommerce

Miami

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…

Ecommerce

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…

Ecommerce

Atlanta

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…

Ecommerce

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…

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B2B

The Legal Sector Continues to Ripen for Disruption

By | Nov 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Want to pay less for a lawyer? There are startups for that.  Want your lawyer to be more productive? There are startups for that. Want to NOT use a lawyer at all?  Yes, there are even startups for that. Make no mistake, lawyers serve…

Ecommerce

Window Shopping Goes Digital with Reppio

By | Nov 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Imagine a situation where you have to find a really cute, one-of-a-kind outfit for a fundraising event that’s, say, happening tonight. Much like everyone else, though, you don’t really have the time to go through your city’s local boutique stores to find that perfect…

Business

Cincinnati

Got Tickets? Tixers.com is Creating a New Market for Unused Tickets

By | Nov 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Ever have a ticket to an event that you found out you would not be able to attend? Whether it’s a sports game or concert, you basically have two options – give your ticket away or try to sell it. Either way you stand to…

Ecommerce

Atlanta

Grapeword: Changing the Daily Deals Market, Grassroots Style

By | Nov 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Paul Nichols, founder of Grapeword, truly believes that his customer acquisition and retention company is the next big trend in daily deal models. According to him, merchants are used and abused in the daily deals industry, and consumers find themselves fed up with email…

Ecommerce

F This: 6 Reasons Why Recoup is Going to Disrupt Social Commerce

By | Oct 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

Do you know what f-commerce is? It’s okay if you don’t – most people aren’t acquainted with it. You have (certainly) heard of e-commerce (um hello, Amazon?). Well, guess what? Get over it because f-commerce is the next big thing…if done correctly. Recoup – a DC-based…

Ecommerce

Las Vegas

MicroBiz Fully Integrates Your Retail Business With Magento

By | Sep 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

If you have ever shopped online with Nike, Olympus, or The North Face, you have come into contact with Magento during your checkout. In addition to big-name brands, smaller retailers also use Magento, but run into issues because it operates independently from their point of sale system….

Ecommerce

Brad Howard of Trend Nation LLC: Diversify Your Product Offering

By | Aug 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

I’m not trendy; I still wear the same Gap jeans I got for my 14th birthday. I mean, they still fit well and look decent enough, but I know – one day – the inevitable will happen and I’ll find myself with a gigantic…

Ecommerce

DC

Outfox Competitors by Starting Small: Lessons from Savvy Wares

By | Jul 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

A startup can compete against a larger website by gaining a foothold in a tiny sub-sector of a market and then branching out to offer similar services, according to two web strategists. Web giants such as eBay, Amazon or Craigslist offer a broad range…

Ecommerce

Koupon Media and the Rapid Growth of Digital Coupons

By | Jul 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

I’m not big on coupons, but occasionally I want and try to save a few bucks on my purchases. The issue I encounter – which I’m sure others have, as well – is that some retailers still rely on paper coupons, which I have…

B2B

How Keeping Focused Has Helped BizHive

By | Jul 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

One’s ability to focus is often tied to his or her capacity for greatness. Or something like that. I don’t know – that’s a thing, right? I have a difficult time focusing on anything other than eating food, which is probably indicative of my…

Ecommerce

Drinkboard: A Series of Fortunate Events

By | Jul 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

Drink a highball at nightfall. Be good fellows while you may. – “Drink a Highball” The classic love story: guy meets dude, dude falls in love with guy, and then guy/dude-duo make an awesome baby. Well, all right, it was more like: guy meets dude,…

Ecommerce

A Foray Into the Realm of Feathercoin

By | Jun 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

If you think you missed out on the crypto currency craze, think again; the race is set to be a long one. The media loves to typecast Bitcoin as a fad that will pass in due time, but the only place digital currency seems to…