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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: Talha Satter, CEO of NimbleRx (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 25th 2019

Talha talks about trends and opportunities in pharmacy e-commerce.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to NimbleRx.

Talha Satter: I’m from Pakistan. I’ve been in the US for 10 years. I run a company called NimbleRx. Our company enables online commerce and delivery for pharmacies around the country.

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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: Eyelation CEO Brad Kirschner (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 12th 2019

I have always believed in the power of niche e-commerce to build sustainable businesses. Eyelation is a great example. Read on for more.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself and Eyelation.

Brad Kirschner: I’m the CEO and Founder of Eyelation. We’ve been in business since 2009. I developed a self-service safety eyewear kiosk for factories. It’s available for people to buy their prescription eyewear from. The first one was out in 2011.

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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: Jimmy Duvall, Chief Product Officer of BigCommerce (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 23rd 2019

Jimmy has been in the e-commerce platform space for a long time. In this interview, he discusses how BigCommerce is using its open platform to extend the platform’s capabilities.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to BigCommerce.

Jimmy Duvall: I’m the Chief Product Officer at BigCommerce. I’m celebrating my third anniversary at the company tomorrow. I’ve been in this space for a pretty significant amount of time.

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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: Ethan McAfee, CEO of Amify (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jun 3rd 2019

E-commerce strategy for small merchants is becoming quite complicated with Amazon becoming a giant player in the space. This interview cuts through a lot of that complexity.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Amify.

Ethan McAfee: I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of Amify. We help brands maximize their opportunity on the Amazon platform.

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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: Drura Parrish, President of Xometry (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Apr 19th 2019


Drura talks about the cutting-edge of American manufacturing and how e-commerce is impacting it. Superb interview.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as Xometry.

Drura Parrish: I’m the President of Xometry Supplies. Xometry is a fascinating company that’s working very fast and at scale to solve one of the biggest problems in the world, which is how do we make more things more efficiently and more profitably across the supply chain.

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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: Rafael Zakinov, CEO of Ruby Has (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 5th 2018

Amazon is setting the bar very high for e-commerce merchants in terms of delivery. Read how the industry is responding.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Ruby Has.

Rafael Zakinov: I’m the Founder and CEO of Ruby Has Fulfillment. We’re an e-commerce-focused fulfillment company. We’re based out of Long Island, New York. We have locations throughout the United States servicing both coasts. We have come to be a real brand name amongst emerging B2C brands.

Sramana Mitra: What scale are you at? How many customers are using you? What size customers are you particularly suited to? >>>

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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: TrueCommerce CEO, Ross Elliott (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 16th 2018

Very interesting interview on how B2B e-commerce is evolving both disintermediation and empowering of intermediaries to be more effective.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself and Unified Commerce.

Ross Elliott: I am one of the founders and President of a company called TrueCommerce. We are a hundred-million dollar provider of B2B commerce and B2C commerce. We’re headquartered in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, which is a suburb of Pittsburgh. >>>

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Tod Francis of Shasta Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jan 19th 2018

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Tod Francis was recorded in September 2014.

Tod Francis, Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, starts with a discussion on the history of retail, all the way from shoe stores, to departmental stores, and back to specialty retail. This is followed by a similar overview of the history of e-commerce ranging from Amazon’s strategy to how specialty retail is translating into niche e-commerce, and how Tod is looking at investments in the category.

Sramana Mitra: I think the best question to start out with would be what do you see has happened to the e-commerce business since the 90’s? >>>

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Investors Discuss E-Commerce Startup Trends in Podcasts

Posted on Friday, Jan 5th 2018

Entrepreneurs working on e-commerce startups face unique challenges today. You can learn more about the trends investors specializing in e-commerce startup financing are seeing by listening to the following 30-minute podcast interviews. These VCs and seed investors also discuss the key indicators they look for in the startups they invest in.

Daniel Gulati, Principal and Head of Seed Investment Practice at Comcast Ventures, discusses e-commerce startup trends and what can and cannot be venture financed at this stage, and why.

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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: Daniel Gulati, Comcast Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 5th 2017

Excellent discussion on the e-commerce startup trends and what can and cannot be venture financed at this stage, and why.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as Comcast Ventures.

Daniel Gulati: I’m currently a Principal of Comcast Ventures based here in San Francisco. I focus 100% of my time on seed and early stage investments in consumer internet companies. About half of my work is in e-commerce and marketplaces. The other half is everything else within consumer Internet – digital media, social media, mobile. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, I was actually on the operating side. >>>

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