Etsy, a market for kitschy and inventive DIY items, acquired Depop, a hippy and thrifty market for resale items, for $1.625 billion this week. So, at present we’ll talk about the story of two marketplaces, a deal that has given us a peek into the evolving ethos of social procuring.
Depop, for those who don’t know, is a London-based firm that targets millennial and Gen Z consumers. Inside the previous two years, Depop has grown its person base of stylists, designers, artists, classic sellers and extra, from 13 million to 21 million, And, the corporate claims, some 90% of its customers are beneath the age of 26.
With the purchase, Etsy is progress hacking its means right into a youthful era, one which thinks thrifting is fashionable and individualism is extra attention-grabbing than quick style. However to me, combining two, two-sided marketplaces is just not the place the work stops. Etsy, with Depop beneath its umbrella, has a possibility to be much more ingenious with the best way it combines operations.
First, Etsy wants to search out different methods — past a brand new quantity of recent items — to modernize its person expertise, from homepage to checkout. Why? As a result of, and I can say this as a result of I’m technically a part of the cohort, Gen Z is impatient. Certain, thrifting is fashionable — however so is Amazon. The identical era that loves the thought of sporting the person artistic, additionally loves the thought of low-cost items and two-day delivery. Certain, there are people who sit at both excessive. However I’d guess an pointless milk frother that almost all of Gen Z shoppers sit in a extra gray area.
Secondly, Etsy and Depop have a possibility to put money into the rising wave of social procuring experiences. Once I noticed this information break, I instantly considered The Touchdown, an organization that’s utilizing customizable and collaborative temper boards as a procuring instrument. The startup permits customers to create temper boards from merchandise that they will then store from. Proper now, it’s beginning with inside design, however the imaginative and prescient can simply lengthen past residence items into clothes or CPG merchandise. Just like Pinterest, The Touchdown is attempting to serve a set of shoppers that like procuring in a collaborative, scroll-friendly means. I’m not asking Etsy to go full early-stage startup, however it might definitely be compelling if it discovered new methods for shoppers to expertise its broadened market.
I’ll cease there, and finish with this: As increasingly more corporations prioritize serving Gen Z, technique must be greater than a land seize. As one individual put it, Etsy is “making certain the model interprets via completely different generational ethos,” with the acquisition. I’m excited to look at this case examine within the making play out.
In the remainder of this text, we’ll talk about digital well being, the attractive world of S-1 filings and a Medium memo that has induced staff to go away the corporate. As all the time, you’ll find me on Twitter @nmasc_. Scoops maintain me completely happy, so when you’ve got a tip on an early-stage deal or drama that I ought to learn about, DM me or e-mail me at [email protected]
Digital well being is late on this one
If my inbox is a good indicator, each different startup proper now’s attempting to get invited to at least one group chat: the digital well being one. We’ve lined the increase in well being tech on TC, however one query has haunted me for the previous month: The place are all of the PCOS startups? The situation, generally known as polycystic ovary syndrome, impacts one in 10 ladies and appears to mesh properly with the loud drumbeat of personalised drugs. So, I went digging.
Right here’s what to know: I discovered that there’s a huge alternative for startups in hormonal well being, however the sector continues to be nascent resulting from an array of points, each associated to science and stigma.
And talking of nascent industries:
The Fairness workforce has in all probability spent about 3% of our collective recording time manifesting Robinhood’s S-1. In fact, on the time of penning this, our efforts have confirmed futile. However no worries, we now have different public market information to maintain you as we wait.
Right here’s what to know: Confluent’s S-1 revealed slowing progress amid a historical past of spectacular enlargement. Sprinklr’s IPO submitting confirmed uneven money move, however did have some wholesome progress value noting. And Acorn, everybody’s favourite client fintech biz, listed as a SPAC.
I printed a scoop this week in regards to the newest pressure at Medium, a startup that has had its justifiable share of woes and pivots through the years. In April, Medium CEO Ev Williams wrote a memo in regards to the firm’s tradition. A number of staff argue the undertone of the memo has paved the best way for an unsafe, “nod-and-smile” work setting, triggering extra exits. Of the 241 individuals who began at Medium, some 50% of that pool are actually gone.
Right here’s what to know: Just like Coinbase and Basecamp, Medium’s tradition memo has made staff go away resulting from a change in mission. However, in contrast to the aforementioned corporations, Medium’s memo has a extra refined undertone, exacerbated by pressure after a unionization try failed the month prior.
And within the early-stage startup world:
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