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Nasty Gal Layoffs Hit 10 Percent of Staff | Re/code
Online fashion retailer Nasty Gal has laid off 10 percent of its staff, as the purveyor of edgy women’s clothing cuts costs amid an uncertain financing and retail environment. CEO Sheree Waterson told the company in an email that the cuts were necessary as the “market in which we operate is changing, both in retail broadly and apparel specifically.” Nineteen employees across several departments were let go. Nasty Gal also laid off some staff in 2014. The layoffs underscore the difficulty mature e-commerce startups can encounter as they transition from being a hot new brand to the long slog of building a more traditional retail business. In short, building a retail brand is really hard and technology can only afford you so many shortcuts along the way. Online beauty brand BirchBox announced layoffs of 15 percent of its staff last week, as startups in e-commerce tighten belts as investors become more wary of unprofitable growth.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Yahoo: Was der Niedergang Apple, Google und Facebook lehrt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Yahoo baut Stellen ab und endet wohl als Ramschware. Der Abstieg des Internet-Pioniers ist auch eine Warnung an Apple, Facebook und Co. [...] Die Krise von Yahoo lässt sich in einer Zahl zusammenfassen: minus 13 Milliarden Dollar. So niedrig bewertet die Börse das Kerngeschäft des amerikanischen Internet-Konzerns inzwischen, hat der Tech-Journalist Matt Levine ausgerechnet. Abzüglich einiger lukrativer Beteiligungen und seiner Bargeldreserven ist Yahoo nichts mehr wert. Weniger als nichts. [...] Die digitalen Mode- und Tech-Magazine, die sie startete, finden wenige Leser. Auch die 2013 gekaufte Blog-Plattform Tumblr entwickelte sich nicht, wie von Mayer erhofft: Von der 1,1-Milliarden-Dollar-Akquisition schreibt Yahoo nun rund ein Viertel ab.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The great Uber fairness fallacy: as a driver, how do you bargain with an app? | Technology | The Guardian
Businesses have been shedding their identity as employers for at least 30 years, profiting from the work performed by ‘independent contractors’ without the cost, risk or aggravation of actually dealing with employees
Uber  eBay  Marketplace  middleman  capitalism  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  outsourcing  1099  Economy  freelance  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  Temp  Agency  Leiharbeit  Zeitarbeit  Gig  Economy  freelancing  part-time  labour  market  job  creation  job  market  job  security  insecurity  labour  economics  operations  cost  center  overhead  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Wall  Street  crony  capitalism  manual  labour  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohnsektor 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
e-commerce  Amazon  eBay  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  vertical  category  business  model  subscription  model  distribution  model  discovery  Google  Shopping  commerce  Retail  Walmart  brick  and  mortar  business  Online  Shopping  mall  USA  Europe  Zalando  emerging  market  Developing  World  emerging  middle  class  consumer  choice  consumerist  materialism  consumerism  zombie  consumer  Etsy  Marketplace  Platform  Honest  Co.  Bonobos  Warby  Parker  Nasty  Gal  Branding  Zulily  flash  sale  Gilt  Groupe  ModCloth  Birchbox  corporate  strategy  business  strategy  closetphile  Rent  the  Runway  Zappos  tradesy  pure  play  Nordstrom  Macy's  H&M  Primark  Zara  Fast  Fashion  Fashion  Industry  ASOS  John  Lewis  Marks  &  Spencer 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What is Jet com? A summary from IRCE 2015 - YouTube
"we are all about the big basket." << incentive people to fill a basket full. --- Amazon Prime (free shipping and other free perks in Amazon ecosystem) // &! E-commerce Game Changers: How big brands are using From IRCE 2015 - - no warehouse just fulfilment partners + just website. = CAC high to get customer, and get them to return and not go to Amazon or else. tries to avoid item by item price war (can't compete with Amazon). give discount if they buy a lot!? like Costco (limited products offer, highly curated, even own brand items)? Online Only Costco with minimal overhead/ops/fulfilment cost(through partners, outsourced). ... hoping that with scale, economies of scale will show profits. and shying away from the long-tail of product. focusing on everyday consumer products. guys behind it are experienced in e-commerce. they probably roughly know their numbers. its now all about execution and some luck ...  Amazon  Prime  subscription  model  commodity  business  commoditization  Amazon  Google  Shopping  eBay  NewEgg 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
QVC Owner Buys Zulily: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/17) - YouTube
etsy is a marketplace stupid. // once they saturated their category/market, the growth tapers off! especially home market & then they have 2 fund through IPO international expansion; ie etsy. & will hit on competition, obviously. // &! min 16 discussion on Amazon corporate culture & values! & stock based compensation package. // &! Amazon: How Bruising a Workplace Is It? - 'extraordinary demanding workplace, and high turnover' 'exceptional company, what every they do, its working' 'up or out' 'unique culture by a company of that size' // &! - 'unreasonable high standards' 'feedback system enables backstabbing' 'they call it purposeful Darwinism: staff ranking' 'GE dropped it' [ personal note: I think u still have the sort of responsibility (moral/ethical/hr as CEO) 2 help & coach ur worst performers, before firing them with compensation package (making them go), balance! also no charity ] &! &!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
NYT - EU and Google
“With more than a decade of hindsight, the theories supporting the case against Microsoft have all but fallen apart, and the pursuit of the company that makes Windows may suggest a reason for skepticism about this fight against Google: The tech marketplace is fluid and unpredictable. The giants that look most unbeatable today could falter in ways that may once have seemed unthinkable — and without a lot of help from the government.” [...] Google makes most of its money from search ads, but the market for such direct advertising may be tapped out. The next great wave of digital advertising — a market far bigger than search spots — will come from ad budgets now reserved for TV commercials, and many observers bet that Facebook, not Google, is in the best position to get that business. &! &! Growth stalls eventually 4all companies >> &! talk abt Google Search business practices and their way to "add value." And Lobbying activities.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Activist effect: eBay to be split into three parts, laying off 7% and giving Icahn another board seat | PandoDaily
The problem is, once a company has lost consumer trust and been replaced as the go-to solution for a given problem, it’s extremely difficult to regain that business. A standalone EBay Marketplaces will need to prove to Wall Street that it can reignite its stalled growth engine. The company is already the subject of acquisition rumors with potential suitors including Alibaba and Amazon, among others. PayPal, on the other hand, will need to demonstrate that it can maintain and even extend its current levels of growth and profitability without the cover of a giant marketplace owned by its parent company. This is especially true as the company faces increased competition in the payments space from a range of companies including Apple, Amazon, Stripe, Square, Walmart-backed Current, and others. [...] What we’re seeing today is the reckoning of an aging giant. EBay, the ecommerce platform is quickly losing relevancy in an on-demand, mobile-first, and highly-personalized world.
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Dreiecksbetrug – der Bezahltrick im Internet | Servicezeit | WDR - YouTube
PayPal TOS cover ONLY damages/disputes if you do send the item to same address as registered with the PayPal account you got the money from.
PayPal  TOS  Trickbetrüger  Betrugsmasche  eBay 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Symantec Said to Explore Split Into Security, Storage Cos - Bloomberg
@Symantec ($16B mkt cap) is in advanced talks to split into separate storage & security entities, @Bloomberg reports; new CEO Michael Brown reportedly supports the split ... [...] “We are focusing our investments in businesses where demand is greatest and improving operational efficiencies to grow revenue and operating margin,” Brown said in a statement at the time. “I look forward to continuing to focus the company’s strategy to deliver for our customers and our shareholders.”
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay Inc. to Separate eBay and PayPal into Independent Publicly Traded Companies in 2015 - eBay and PayPal - Our Path Forward
@eBay & @PayPal will break into separate publicly traded co's in '15; CEO John Donahoe will step down at the time of the split; President of eBay Marketplaces Devin Wenig will serve as eBay CEO & American Express exec Dan Schulman is joining PayPal immediately as the CEO designee - Link
eBay  PayPal  Braintree 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Woman Livetweets IBM Execs Discussing Why They Don't Hire Women
+ PINTEREST >> &&& + ACADEMIA >> ++ "We define benevolent sexism as a set of interrelated attitudes toward women that are sexist in terms of viewing women stereotypically and in restricted roles but that are subjectively positive in feeling tone (for the perceiver) and also tend to elicit behaviors typically categorized as prosocial (e.g., helping) or intimacy-seeking (e.g., self-disclosure) (Glick & Fiske, 1996, p. 491)." +++
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Andrew Ng left Google and joined Baidu | Hacker News
When companies turn into giants. It's hard to run through the giant battleship and rally guys for your initiative. And not let talk about moving fast/iterating/experimenting. [...] Question is post Steve Jobs - can keep Apple its Start-up mentality? // "If a guy like Ng was frustrated inside of Google by 'committee meetings' keeping him from getting things done quickly, then that says something about the current state of affairs there." Are the big ones are running scared on the inside, focused defending the existing turf? ++ + + +
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay’s Magento to Shut Down Go Small Business Product | Re/code
Two of them targeted mid-size and large brands and retailers, while Go was aimed at small businesses. But according to several sources, Go never gained traction against competitors that included Bigcommerce and Shopify. In March, Magento cut dozens of employees in a move the company said was aimed at realigning the business to “focus more deeply” on its two products aimed at bigger businesses. It wouldn’t say at the time what that meant for its Go offering.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay Shrugged: Pierre Omidyar believes there should be no philanthropy without profit | PandoDaily
Pierre Omidyar. The role of Omidyar Network in so many major events of the past week — helping elect India’s ultranationalist leader Narendra Modi; co-funding Ukraine regime-change NGOs with USAID, resulting in a deadly civil war and Monday’s election of Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko; and now, this week’s first-ever sit-down TV interview with Edward Snowden, through an arrangement between NBC News and Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media — shows how these contradictions are coming to the fore, and shaping our world. [...] Muhammad Yunus failed to dissuade Omidyar: "Let them make money—but why do you want to make money off the poor people?” [...] “Omidyar views the fund as a way of testing his theories about commercializing the sector. ‘It’s really the demonstration impact I’m looking for, primarily,’ he said.” << Billionaires Playground. Rarefied People.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
On Google's new Search Algo Push/Update - Called Panda.
Lesson Learned. Don't build your business on other peoples platform. Even if it is search. Meaning if your business is primarily impressions/unique visitors coming in via search, or even Social Media (FB - newsfeed algo, Twitter - noise + search algo, Pinterest - search algo, Amazon - product search) ... then you have one more thing to worry about every day - because you can't fix it if they break it for you. +++
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay CEO: Airbnb is the next eBay - YouTube
eBay CEO John Donahoe and Airbnb founder Brian Chesky discuss how the two have become sounding boards for one another at the 2013 Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen Colorado
ebay  Airbnb  design  Product  design 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
PayPal Powers eBay’s First Quarter, eBay Beats Consensus
On the Payments end, there were several news events during the quarter (including a major deal with China UnionPay), especially its progress on the mobile front. The company’s Send Money app was downloaded more than a million times in its first three weeks and PayPal X (a platform developers can use to process mobile transactions with PayPal) has already recorded $30 million in payment volume.
paypal  ebay  micropayment  micropayments 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Why the Borg's copycat business model no longer works
They got so big so quickly that there was no way for the Borg to claw them back. Same for all these other Web businesses. Amazon, Ebay, Skype, Facebook, Twitter. They came out of nowhere, and what they were doing was free, so the Borg couldn't just do a crappy knockoff and sell it for less. They were up against free -- the Web companies were using their own strategy against them.
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october 2009 by asterisk2a
MySpace Close To Spinning Off Photobucket
The tougher the times get, the leaner the businesses want to be.
myspace ebay newscorp rupertmurdoch lean business recession rightsizing downsizing stumbleupon
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october 2009 by asterisk2a

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