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May 31 2013
by Todd Hixon

Sunset For The Consumer Web?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 9, 2013.] A Kinder, Gentler Sunset; photo (c) Todd Hixon.    In recent months a number of influential voices have declared the consumer web boom of the last 6-7 years (going back to the emergence of Facebook) to be over. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures is […]

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April 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Sell-To, Sell-Through, Repeat!

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 31, 2012. One of my partners reminds us that, to be a success, a company must not only sell successfully to its immediate customers (“sell-to”), but also enable the customer to sell successfully to his/her end customers (“sell-through”), not just once, but repeatedly. Too often we (as venture […]

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January 9 2012
by John Backus

The Death of Retail 2.0

The 2011 holiday shopping season saw a 15 percent increase in online sales, up to $35.3 billion according to Comscore, but consumer electronics retail bellweather Best Buy reported a one percent decline in holiday sales. What is going on? Pretty simple – we are in the middle of another battle between brick and mortar and […]

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September 19 2011
by Scott Johnson

Direct Marketing 3.0 – The Social Era

One place where there is growth aplenty thesedays is good old direct marketing, which search reinvented last decade.  This decade, social media is reinventing it once again. Picture this: You’re playing a social game like Mafia Wars on Facebook and you want more “credits.”  So you type “Drink Dr. Pepper” into a box, and then buy a […]

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June 10 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

GroupOn: Amazing biz model or “ponzi scheme”?

Does GroupOn have a sustainable business model?  Not a day goes by when I don’t have that debate with another VC or entrepreneur.  They went from $0 to $2.5BN annual revenue run rate in less than 4 years.  Arguably the fastest growing company in history.  It almost sounds too good to be true.  Can it […]

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May 12 2011
by John Backus

E-Commerce 2.0: The Birth of Companies Worth $50B in Market Value

A new wave of e-commerce is upon us, but most people do not yet understand it. No, I am not talking about fashion flash sales here (though Gilt, Moda Operandi and Zulily are building very valuable businesses here.) And no, I am not talking about the wave of discount group buying that Groupon, LivingSocial and […]

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January 18 2011
by Todd Hixon

Honey Pots Wanted

We’ve made three investments in the business side of health care.  We’re not a health care fund, not expert in treating disease or handicapping the odds of of new drug approval (except to say that they seem very poor).  But we understand how new competitors using methods like eCommerce, software as a service, and new […]

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December 16 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Golden age of e-commerce

The last four years have seen another resurgence of e-commerce companies.  In fact, our last two deals have been e-commerce deals and we are looking at another one. While e-commerce has been around since the launch of Amazon in the late ’90s, there was a period starting after the collapse of the tech bubble in […]

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