• Alibaba’s IPO to Impact U.S. Ecommerce? Finance

    Alibaba’s IPO to Impact U.S. Ecommerce?

    September 22, 2014 •

    The much-anticipated Alibaba IPO closed last Friday with shares initially priced at $68. Once trading got under way, the price of a share rose to $93. Demand was so strong ...

  • 13 Notable Ecommerce IPOs for 2014 Finance

    13 Notable Ecommerce IPOs for 2014

    June 16, 2014 •

    Ecommerce companies have been getting recent attention for their initial public offerings (IPOs). Alibaba Group Holding, China’s ecommerce giant, plans to go public in what could be the biggest tech ...

  • Intrastate Crowdfunding: Financing Option for Small Businesses Finance

    Intrastate Crowdfunding: Financing Option for Small Businesses

    June 11, 2014 •

    Tired of waiting for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to issue final regulations for equity crowdfunding, several states have passed legislation enabling crowdfunding within their borders. Several more states ...

  • 18 Ecommerce Crowdfunding Success Stories Finance

    18 Ecommerce Crowdfunding Success Stories

    April 21, 2014 •

    In “9 Equity Crowdfunding Sites to Finance your Business,” my article last week, I outlined leading crowdfunding sites that offer equity stakes in startups and small businesses. As a result ...

  • 9 Equity Crowdfunding Sites to Finance your Business Finance

    9 Equity Crowdfunding Sites to Finance your Business

    April 14, 2014 •

    Thanks to the JOBS Act, startups and small businesses can now publicly raise equity funding via online crowdfunding sites. In September 2013, Title II of the JOBS Act went into ...

  • Ecommerce Companies Raise Funds with New Approach Finance

    Ecommerce Companies Raise Funds with New Approach

    April 9, 2014 •

    Will equity crowdfunding ever become a reality? This alternative to the usual financing mechanisms became legal two years ago when Congress passed the Jobs Act in April 2012. However, the ...

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    Amazon 2013 Financial Results Signal Changes in 2014

    February 11, 2014 •

    After a few dismal quarters, Amazon turned a profit in the pivotal fourth quarter of 2013 and for the full fiscal year, despite losses in the second and third quarters.

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    Ecommerce Strong on Black Friday, Cyber Monday

    December 10, 2013 •

    The much anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza showed mixed results with online sales outpacing disappointing brick-and-mortar results. Brick-and-mortar Sales Brick-and-mortar retail sales on Black Friday were disappointing. The tactic ...

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    Equity Crowdfunding Edges Closer to Implementation

    November 12, 2013 •

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been widely criticized for dragging its feet in issuing implementing regulations for equity crowdfunding, which was enabled when the Jobs Act was signed ...

  • Amazon's Loss Leader Strategy Results in No Profits Finance

    Amazon’s Loss Leader Strategy Results in No Profits

    October 10, 2013 •

    For the first time in many years Amazon posted a loss in two of the last four quarters. The second quarter loss occurred despite a revenue increase of 22 percent ...

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    eCommerce Business Valuation Case Studies : Effect of Inventory on Valuation Multiple

    August 12, 2013 •

    In this series, I will share my experiences selling online businesses for my clients and lessons learned. Effect of Inventory on eCommerce Business Valuation Multiple Some time ago I was selling an eCommerce business that had a large amount of inventory that needed to be sold with the...

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    5 Reasons for an Ecommerce Business Plan

    April 10, 2013 •

    Does an ecommerce company need a business plan? Yes, almost any business can benefit from developing a business plan. While many companies prepare a plan solely to secure outside funding, a business plan can also help you focus on what you want your business to be in the future and pro...

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    SWOT Analysis for Ecommerce Companies

    April 3, 2013 •

    A SWOT analysis — Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats — is something many MBA students learn. Unfortunately, businesses frequently treat SWOT like geometry: one of those things you learn but never use again.

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    Internet Sales Tax: States Take the Lead

    February 13, 2013 •

    The days of sales-tax-free online purchasing are coming to an end for many consumers. 2012 was a year of inaction on the federal level because the Marketplace Fairness Act that would have required sales tax collection by Internet merchants on a national level never came to a vote. Howev...

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    Equity Crowdfunding Stalls

    January 25, 2013 •

    When President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act in April 2012, the clock started ticking on a 270-day period for the Securities and Exchange Commission to write the regulations that would govern crowdfunding. That 270 period is over and no regulations exist. SEC Chai...

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    Analyzing Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Overall Retail Sales

    December 3, 2012 •

    Cyber Monday online sales reached $1.47 billion, up 17 percent over last year, representing the heaviest online spending day in history, according to digital tracking firm comScore, which also reported that Black Friday sales reached $1.04 billion, besting last year's amount by 28 perce...

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    Third-Quarter Ecommerce Results Bode Well for the 2012 Holiday Season

    November 15, 2012 •

    The growth in online purchasing continues. In a survey of 1,989 online consumers conducted during the last week of October, digital-tracking firm comScore found that In Q3 2012, online sales grew 15 percent over the same period last year, compared with a two percent year-over-year growt...

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    Ecommerce Shines in the Second Quarter of 2012

    August 23, 2012 •

    The first half of 2012 continued the 2011 fourth quarter trend of strong ecommerce growth. In Q2, online retail grew nearly four times the rate of total consumer spending in the U.S., according to ecommerce research firm comScore. The Census Bureau reports that U.S. ecommerce sales in Q...

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    Ecommerce Acquisitions, Mergers, and Partnerships — What You Need to Know

    August 8, 2012 •

    In the late 1990s, ecommerce vendors looked to brick and mortar retailers for marketing tips and best practices. Now, as more people shop online and abandon brick and mortar stores, retail chains are turning to online merchants for advice. That's because web-only sellers have shown th...

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    Investment in Ecommerce Firms Robust

    June 14, 2012 •

    While the poor showing of Facebook in its initial public offering last month has immobilized the market for Internet companies wanting to sell stock to the public, the overall investment climate remains strong. Merger and acquisitions activity in the ecommerce arena has remained robust ...

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    Going Public? How to Decide Which Exchange to List On

    April 20, 2012 •

    Thinking about taking your company public? After you get through all the paperwork you will have to decide at which stock exchange you want to list your company. Each publicly traded company may trade shares on only one domestic stock exchange. Substantive differences exist among the ex...

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    Equity Crowdfunding Is Now Legal in U.S.

    April 10, 2012 •

    Last week President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) that includes revisions to the 1930s era financial regulations that limited equity funding for start-up businesses. Equity crowdfunding is now legal in the U.S. The final bill is more restrictive than ...

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    Kabbage, A Funding Source for Ecommerce Merchants

    March 15, 2012 •

    When we first first wrote about Kabbage just over a year ago, it was a fledgling endeavor with only eBay merchants as customers. But Kabbage now serves merchants who use Yahoo! stores, Etsy, Amazon, and Shopify, as well as eBay. In July Kabbage will be launching in the U.K., its first ...

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    15 Top Crowdfunding Projects on Kickstarter

    February 23, 2012 •

    Kickstarter is a crowdfunding site to fund entrepreneurial projects in technology, design, film, art, and other creative fields. The video game project Double Fine Adventure has raised two million dollars from over sixty thousand backers, and the funding still has 19 days to go. Within ...

  • Finance

    Buying Sites to Boost Traffic

    January 12, 2012 •

    Purchasing and maintaining established, niche websites may help online retailers increase site traffic and sales. Boiled down to its essence, much of online retail marketing is devoted to increasing site traffic in the hope that more visitors will ultimately lead to more sales and more...

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    Zynga Falters in Public Debut; Affects Facebook?

    December 26, 2011 •

    The market for technology stocks is closing the year on a less than happy note and the disappointing public debut of online game provider Zynga did nothing to change the mood. Zynga's Opening Day Zynga's IPO was highly anticipated despite the fact that in the days prior to going publ...

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    6 Internet Stock Offerings in 2011; Recap

    December 19, 2011 •

    Although 2011 is not yet over, it appears it will be a dismal year for the IPO — initial public stock offering — market. As of September, according to statistics compiled by market tracker Dealogic and reported in The Wall Street Journal, 63 percent of all 76 IPOs were trading below the...

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    Crowdfunding: 5 Things You Should Know

    November 24, 2011 •

    New crowdfunding sites are springing up every month and more and more entrepreneurs are looking to these sites for money. Despite all the hoopla, crowdfunding is not currently a good alternative for most start-up or small businesses. Here are five things you should know about crowdfundi...

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    Venture Capital Firms Bullish on Ecommerce

    November 10, 2011 •

    In "Ecommerce Companies Snag Venture Capital," I discussed several ecommerce firms that recently received venture capital funding. Most of them were ecommerce infrastructure providers. I was curious to find out if VCs prefer business-to-business infrastructure companies to consumer-ori...

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    Banks React to Durbin Amendment

    November 4, 2011 •

    When the Durbin Amendment regulating interchange fees on debit card transactions took effect October 1, it appeared that merchants could accrue some cost savings on debit card transactions and perhaps leverage their savings by encouraging customers to use debit cards in lieu of credit c...