CALA is a full-stack managed solution for people looking to launch their own fashion and clothing line. Design, sourcing, sales, and fulfillment are all handled on the platform, which is also supported by a network of experts. Newbie fashion entrepreneurs are often overwhelmed with all the moving parts and CALA makes it easy all for a monthly subscription fee and percentage of sales. CEO Andrew Wyatt shes some light about the company’s traction which includes clients like NFL player Travis Kelce, rapper A$AP Ferg, and model Tatiana Ringsby. The company, founded in 2016, also just closed its seed round from investors that include Maersk Growth and Real Ventures.
The world was moving towards direct-to-consumer anyway, COVID just accelerated it because people got forced into new behaviors. Now that people have had a taste, it’s going to be very hard to “wean them off” of the convenience, price power, and enjoyment of e-commerce buying. It doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to go to stores anymore, it just means that a lot of consumers have added e-commerce into the mix or that e-commerce is now a bigger percentage of their overall activity. Find out what you should be doing to capitalize on this shift.
CEO and Cofounder Ben Labra discusses the evolution of Gesture, the on-demand app to send the perfect, thoughtful gift for any occasion.
Managing his family’s pizzerias in Staten Island, Slice CEO and Founder Ilir Sela saw the threat that online food apps and mobile ordering could be for independent pizzerias back in the 2000s. He launched Slice to serve as an all-in-one platform to help local pizzerias compete with the larger pizza brands and food apps by leveraging technology. Fast forward – there are now over 12,000 pizzerias on the platform and Sela just closed a $43M funding led by KKR. Sela discusses the impressive growth of the platform, the absolute best pizza in NYC (he should know), and much more…
As online shopping takes a larger share of retail, the traditional opportunities for retailers to upsell extended protection plans are slowly disappearing. Clyde is an online extended warranty platform that integrates with the checkout process of e-commerce merchants, offering a seamless and integrated experience while adding a bit of margin for the retailer. This is especially important in e-commerce where margins are highly competitive. CEO and Founder Brandon Gell walks us through the business, its future plans, and recent round of funding led by Spark Capital.
Cadence is a cross-market brand that touches the lifestyle, beauty, wellness, fitness, and travel spheres. The mass-market potential comes from the fact that we aren’t asking consumers to change their existing habits: we’re providing a solution that fits into their daily lives. CEO and Cofounder Steph Hon shares how Cadence is taking plastic from beaches and turning into one of the most pragmatic purchases you’ll buy.
In the current environment with how coronavirus is impacting large and small businesses, putting a focus on e-commerce is absolutely essential. I’ve been in the e-commerce world since 1996 (when Wine Library launched an online store) so I’m a huge believer. But at this point, the cat’s out of the bag. I just can’t imagine anybody not […]
75% of Americans suffer from dehydration. Hydrant cofounders John Sherwin and Jai Jung Kim are on a mission to prevent this with their direct-to-consumer offering that gets hydration checked off your list, first thing in the morning.
Studies reveal that 46% of women say they are not comfortable talking about their period as a reason for needing time off work yet 23% have been forced to take time off for severe menstrual symptoms. Elix Founder and CEO Lulu Ge chats with us about the new menstrual brand developing personalized herbal formulas to alleviate menstrual symptoms.
“We didn’t match the same patterns as many of the direct to consumer startups you see today that raised a lot of money early on and had high burn rates. We have been serendipitously building the business in a way that would help us weather the current storm: our team has always been lean with just 3 full-time employees, geographically distributed and remote (which investors initially questioned our ability to build a fast-growing DTC startup this day), and have burned very little over the last few years.”
While many pet and wellness brands produce food that rivals the freshness and nutrition of human food, Spot & Tango creates human-grade meals for pets. Spot & Tango’s selection of food is transparently engineered with sustainable ingredients that have no additives, fillers, or preservatives that are commonly found in commercial kibble. The company’s newest product, […]