Auctionata Raises $45M To Take Its Live-Streamed Art Auctions To New Frontiers

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 08.13.59 The tide is rising for live streaming services, and just as this is lifting apps, other kinds of streaming startups are seeing a boost as well. Today, Auctionata, a Berlin startup that broadcasts online live auctions for fine art and collectibles, announced that it raised €42 million ($45 million) in a Series C round of funding from a group investors led by MCI Management… Read More

Unpacking Etsy’s S1

knitmoney Etsy’s S1 filing didn’t disappoint. Etsy is a powerful business with extraordinary network effects. Its customers are extremely loyal, and its committed sellers are earning significant income. But there are legitimate concerns: it is the quintessential case study on the challenge of low margin platforms. Additionally, it faces uphill challenges – a slowing growth curve and… Read More

Mobile Payment Startup MyCheck Raises $5M From Santander’s Innoventures Fund

MyCheck MyCheck, another startup that wants to make it easy to pay your restaurant bill using your mobile phone, has closed a $5 million Series B. However, perhaps more noteworthy is the company’s new backer: the Spanish bank Santander via its recently launched Santander Innoventures Fund. Read More

Launching Products: Lessons From Mistakes and Pushing Boundaries

Thinking of launching a product, service or even a company? Want ideas of what to do and what not to do? In this special episode, we’re going to talk about how to push the boundaries when you launch. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social […]

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The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

biztraveler The foundations of the business travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 million on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2% from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty. Sharing economy startups like Airbnb and Uber are challenging traditional travel vendors – and in the process… Read More