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25 Lessons From Running a Profitable, Venture-Backed Start-Up For Six Years

25 Lessons From Running a Profitable, Venture-Backed Start-Up For Six Years

Six years. The tweet below from Jason M. Lemkin pretty much sums it up. You start, you hustle, you make progress, you grow, the market shifts, you start all over again albeit on a new level within the same game.   What makes the start-up game the greatest game on earth is that the chess board recreates itself every day in new unanticipated ways. Nothing stands still — there are new entrants below you, bigger companies above you who now see the…

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4 Leadership Lessons for Founders After Running a Startup for 5 Years

4 Leadership Lessons for Founders After Running a Startup for 5 Years

This time five years ago, I founded StackSocial, what is now StackCommerce. Each year for the past four years I’ve shared a few lessons (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4) for other founders who are on the same arduous path. It’s been humbling, it’s been exhilarating, and I’ve grown in ways that I couldn’t have imagined. This year I’m back with 4 more leadership lessons I’ve learned over the past 12 months … perhaps the most important ones thus far….

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Announcing Our Expansion into the Lifestyle Vertical & Introducing Citizen Goods

Announcing Our Expansion into the Lifestyle Vertical & Introducing Citizen Goods

After four years of focusing exclusively on tech products and publishers, we are thrilled to share that StackCommerce will now be offering our native commerce solution to lifestyle publishers, launching with a stellar list of partners including AskMen, theCHIVE, Digg, Rant, The Awesomer, Everyday Carry, and over a dozen others. These new partnerships expand our reach to more than 200 million unique visitors per month, and open an entirely fresh commerce opportunity to current and future partners. We would also…

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Native Commerce vs. Native Advertising: Which One is Better for Your Brand?

Native Commerce vs. Native Advertising: Which One is Better for Your Brand?

You may be wondering how Native Commerce compares to Native Advertising, or perhaps whether Native Commerce is a type of Native Advertising. Rest assured, the answer to the latter is “no” — Native Commerce is its own beast, and it comes down to one crucial difference: Native Advertising primarily benefits brands while Native Commerce focuses on content creators. Let’s think about Native Advertising and what it, in the most basic form, actually does. Ad exchange service Sharethrough defines Native Advertising…

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StackCommerce Year in Review, By The Numbers!

StackCommerce Year in Review, By The Numbers!

It’s been a great year for StackCommerce! Here’s what happened in 2014, as told via the numbers: 1.13M Orders Placed on the StackCommerce Network 1.4M Members Across the StackCommerce Community 200+ NEW Publisher Partners Including Business Insider, BGR, The Next Web, Slashdot, Android Authority, & Joystiq 300+ NEW Vendor Partners Including Rosetta Stone, NBC, Dashlane, Hubsan, DJI, Adobe, iDrive, Leap Motion, Ouya, & Shutterstock 100+ Million Monthly Unique Visitors Reached Across the StackCommerce Network 42,719,449 Deal Pages Viewed 3X Sales Growth…

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What Defines Native Commerce?

What Defines Native Commerce?

At StackCommerce, we refer to ourselves as a “native commerce” company, but what does that term actually mean? Furthermore, what exactly is involved when a publisher integrates native commerce into its online presence? How does native commerce differ from native advertising and “regular” e-commerce? Below is an overview of native commerce as we see it in 2014. The intersection of content and commerce In the simplest explanation of the concept, native commerce is the integration of e-commerce into the user…

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