E-commerce

Think you've got what it takes to be an influencer? 

So you want to become an influencer. The job has plenty of upside. There’s all the free stuff, for one, and the most successful influencers can earn thousands of dollars from a single tweet or blog post. We asked some of Austin’s top influencers and...

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Austin firms help track, monitor influencers

In 2012, Sarah Ware founded a company called Markerly that built tools to make it easier for bloggers to share their content on social media. Ware said their widgets allowed Markerly to gather data on which bloggers were “truly influential” based...

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How Austin's influencers make a living off social media

It was a Friday, and that meant one thing in Jessi Afshin’s world: playing dress up. Afshin plucked a mustard yellow chunky sweater from her closet, threw on a pair of high-rise skinny jeans and, to complete the outfit, slipped into a pair of never-worn...

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Resy CEO Ben Leventhal on Austin's newest restaurant-reservation app

Ben Leventhal, one of the founders of Resy Network, Inc., says restaurant technology hasn't evolved quickly enough and when he started his company in 2014 with CrowdTwist co-founder Michael Montero and social-media star Gary Vaynerchuk, it was to...

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Austin startup specializes in sending clothes to business travelers

Instead of getting a job when he graduated from Texas State University in May 2015, Philip Fitzgerald decided to start his own company renting clothes to business travelers. WHAT THEY DO: Fitzgerald's Round Rock-based company, called There and Back...

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Five Cratejoy subscription boxes that will blow your mind

Chances are you've used a subscription service before, such as the popular Dollar Shave Club, Birchbox or Bark Box.  This popular e-commerce niche is booming and now there is a subscription box for virtually every retail category imaginable and even...

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For booming subscription box industry, Austin's Cratejoy is the engine 

Daniel Dabbs watched as his wife got makeup and skincare products in the mail every month from popular subscription box company Birchbox. And he thought, well, I could do that - but with survival gear instead.  What sounds like a dubious business...

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