Startups

Ben Kaufman on Why Quirky Failed
July 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Quirky, a 2012 startup darling that burned through about $150 million in investment by 2015 and had to layoff about 20 percent of its staff, has figured out its next move, CEO Ben Kaufman says. And he's hopeful he'll land a fresh round of funding to help him, he told attendees at the Fortune Brainstorm…

Game Changers: Rachel Shechtman, Founder, STORY
June 1, 2015

What’s the story with STORY, a 2,000-square-foot retail store in New York City that takes the viewpoint of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells product like your standard brick-and-mortar store? And how did company founder Rachel Shechtman come up with the game-changing concept?

Game Changers: MaryAnn Bekkedahl, President and Co-Founder, Keep
June 1, 2015

Abandoned shopping carts are quite simply costing retailers money. This is a problem that doesn’t play favorites; no online retailer is spared from the plague that are abandoned shopping carts. Well, all except for one. A new mobile fashion app and website is seeking to end the maddening practice — at least for retailers — of consumers filling their carts with product, proceeding to the checkout page and then summarily leaving without making a purchase.

Game Changers: Katrina Lake, Founder and CEO, Stitch Fix
June 1, 2015

Say you’re a busy woman who doesn’t have time to shop for clothes. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a personal stylist who mailed you five pieces of clothing, specifically chosen for you, and you were given the option to buy what you liked and mail back what you didn’t in a prepaid envelope? Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, that’s the business model behind Stitch Fix, a San Francisco-based startup that’s equal parts technology and retail, and has largely grown by word-of-mouth from women who love the service.