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While this brave new world of effortless shopping may seem great for consumers, it might provoke a race to the bottom among retailers. Abraham disagrees. “We’re solving probably the biggest problem that exists for [small retailers], which is giving them exposure on the web and doing it in a way that doesn’t require a lot of technical investment on their part,” he says. The Milo team has been testing a plug-in to make it easy for small retailers to integrate their inventory into eBay search, which would put the local indie shoe store in the same league as mega-retailers like Foot Locker and Zappos. “It levels the playing field,” concurs Alanna Klein, owner of children’s clothing store Honeys & Heroes in Palo Alto. Like many small retailers, Klein, even in an affluent suburb, has been struggling to find new customers. She’s beta-testing Milo’s plug-in. “Now when someone’s searching for a specific piece of … [Read more...] about How Jack Abraham Is Reinventing EBay [Update]
With Philo’s first round of funding, it plans to hire more employees and expand to more college campuses. The service is currently available on the Web and on Roku, and it will come to mobile devices in the near future. Down the road, the team sees life for the service beyond college campuses, too. After all, if you’re addicted to Philo for four years, it’s likely cable providers and networks will want that relationship to continue following graduation–the entertainment equivalent of Citibank offering a free checking account to freshmen. The Philo team even envisions bringing the service to more walled gardens, whether they be military bases, nursing homes, or apartment complexes. … [Read more...] about Tivli Rebrands As Philo. Is It Harvard’s Next Facebook?
He added that “currently one thing that is common around the world is everyone has a lot of time in hand. No travel, everyone’s mostly home. So, this time we thought instead of reaching out to people who are geographically blocked because in previous seasons we were getting people who were in proximity to the studio. But now we tell people we need an hour and a half of your time.” … [Read more...] about Comedian Abish Mathew comes up with home-made avatar of ‘Son of Abish’