social commerce

Whatnot’s valuation doubles to $3.7B as livestream shopping gains popularity in US

Whatnot plans roll out additional categories for collectors, including diecast cars, stamps and action figures.

KitaBeli is bringing e-commerce to Indonesia’s small cities

Complicated supply chains mean that consumers in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Indonesian cities often end up paying more for goods than their peers in large cities, like Jakarta. KitaBeli is on a mission to chan

Tiger Global backs SaaS omnichannel social commerce platform SleekFlow in $8M funding

Social commerce — the process of buying and selling products or services directly through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok — is becoming the most natural way for consumer

Shopify breaks out of the website with 100+ new features including NFTs, local shopping and more

Shopify made a name for itself in its early days with a platform for providing retailers keen to establish their own online shops an easy and quick way to build and run those services on their own web

Indonesian hyperlocal social commerce app Super gets $70M led by NEA

Super, the Indonesian social commerce startup focused on small towns and rural areas, announced today it has raised an oversubscribed $70 million Series C. The round was led by NEA with participation

Pinterest addresses the TikTok threat in its first quarter earnings

Pinterest may have beat on revenue and earnings in the first quarter, but the company is not out of the woods yet when it comes to carving out a place for its service in today’s competitive land

Amazon acquires India’s GlowRoad in social commerce push

Amazon may be attempting to take on Shopify in the west, but in India, it is gearing up to explore social commerce. Amazon has acquired the Indian social commerce startup GlowRoad in an all-cash deal

How social commerce is bridging Southeast Asia’s infrastructure gaps

Today social networks are more powerful than ever, and startups and corporations are innovating new commerce models that leverage the greater reach available to us.

Aemi eases the challenges of social commerce in Vietnam

Social commerce sellers can be as small as one person selling products to their followers on social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook. Many don’t have a web storefront and instead rely on p

Social commerce platform Tushop set for Kenya growth after raising $3 million pre-seed funding

Tushop, a social-commerce platform in Kenya that enables the group buying of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), is set for expansion across Nairobi after raising $3 million in pre-seed funding in a r

Blidz raises $6.6M to expand its Pinduoduo-inspired social shopping app

Gamification and social hooks have become cornerstones across every category of consumer apps these days, and today one that’s using these to build out a new e-commerce platform in Europe is ann

Zapt is now Trela; aims to remove the middleman from group food shopping

The inspiration for Brazil-based Trela came from a person buying food for their neighbors directly from suppliers rather than the grocery store.

Opaper takes the friction out of social commerce

While working her way through grad school, Opaper founder Joan McIntosh ran an online bakery. “I would wake up at 3 a.m., 4 a.m., go to a commercial kitchen and go door to door, delivering food or p

Indian social commerce DealShare bags $45 million from ADIA, eyes international expansion

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is backing the Indian social commerce startup DealShare, the two said Thursday, joining a roster of marquee investors doubling down on India’s fast-growing e-commerce

Voila raises $6M for its AI-powered storefronts for online creators

Voila, a startup building infrastructure for social commerce, is bringing concepts from China’s e-commerce market to the U.S. The company offers an alternative to the “link in bio” s

Fast-growing livestream shopping platform Whatnot acquires Pastel Labs, hires VP of engineering

Livestream shopping platform Whatnot has come a long way from being run out of a garage in Phoenix to now a 120-person company, valued at $1.5 billion, that’s expected to grow to over 300 people

Egyptian social commerce startup Brimore raises $25M led by IFC and Endure Capital

The Egyptian social e-commerce market will be worth over $14.8 billion by 2024. The opportunity in the market can be attributed to the growth in online social sellers in the country, over 1.25 million

Focused on smaller cities, Vietnamese social commerce startup Mio raises $8M Series A

Mio, the Vietnamese social commerce platform, has raised an $8 million Series A, less than a year after announcing its seed round. The funding was led by Jungle Ventures, with participation from Patam

Southeast Asian startups to watch in 2022

As someone who covers Southeast Asia startups and funding stories, the best word I can think of to describe 2021 is “whoa!” This was the year that global investors not only started to pay close at

E-commerce marketplace The List checks off new funding, new app

The new app is an extension of The List's e-commerce marketplace, merging content, social networking and live commerce.
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