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Verizon to acquire VC-backed Sensity Systems

Verizon Communications Inc has agreed to buy Sunnyvale, California-based Sensity Systems, an IoT platform provider. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal that’s expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year. Link to article.


Think Tank: Clicks Now Want to Be Bricks

Allison Ames, president and chief executive officer of Beanstalk, explains. Link to article.


GCV Powerlist: The Corporate Venture Leaders Shaping the Future of the Industry

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The “Nasty” Effect: Exploring E-Comm’s New Volatility

After becoming a brand that so many fashion technology startups saw as an example to model, Sophia Amoruso’s edgy Ebay-cum-clothing business, Nasty Gal took an unexpected turn towards bankruptcy this past week. Link to article.


Overdosing on VC: Lessons from 71 IPOs

Venture capital is a hell of a drug. Used properly, it’s like adrenaline energizing many of the greatest companies of the past fifty years. Used incorrectly, it creates toxic dependencies. Link to article.

Dollar Shave Club and The Disruption of Everything

Probably the most important fact when it comes to analyzing Unilever’s purchase of Dollar Shave Club is the $1 billion price: in the world of consumer packaged goods (CPG) it is shockingly low. After all, only eleven years ago Procter & Gamble (P&G) bought Gillette, the market leader in shaving, for a staggering $57 billion. Link to article.

Startups need to respect the laws of retail physics

Startups like Warby Parker, Bonobos and Casper have proven that it’s possible to build a modern brand predominately using digital tools. As a result, a flood of early-stage tech VCs have barged into the market like Walmart shoppers on Black Friday. Link to article.

Somewhere Between Granny Panties And Thongs, New Underwear Brands Find Fans Online

Online brands are making a dent in the underwear market with high-tech and classy alternatives to Victoria’s Secret and Hanes. Link to article.

Global Corporate Venturing Rising Stars Awards 2016: Natalie Hwang

They say A-grade managers attract a similar calibre of employee. If so, Simon Venture Group (SVG), the corporate venture capital unit of Simon Property Group, a Standard & Poor’s 100 company and the largest real estate company in the world, could be one to watch out for given Natalie Hwang’s recruitment in August. Link to article.