After a string of bad news for the company, it looks like the cofounder and CEO of LivingSocial is jumping ship.
Tim O’Shaughnessy, head of the daily deals site that brings you fabulous discounts on mozzarella making classes and pole dancing seminars, announced in an email to staff that he’ll be stepping down sometime in the first half of the year. Read More
Shopping addicts and Betabeat readers alike are probably familiar with Birchbox, the shopping startup that periodically sends you boxes of trendy products. But what if you’re a proud geek, and aren’t interested in Blair Waldorf-inspired lipstick or vegan shit courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow? What if all you want—besides emerging victorious from your next WOW raid, of course—is to have a monthly box of “epic geek gear” delivered to your door?Nerdblock has you covered (but please never use the term “epic” again). Read More
Hang out with Hang w/ Hang w/ (pronounced “Hang With”) is kind of like Twitter, except all the posts are live videos, and users will be paid to broadcast. Sorry, what? Does this mean I can literally take selfie videos like it’s my job? “In the future, you will be able to make money from Hang w/,” says the app’s official site, “Hang w/ generates revenue by charging advertisers for the right to advertise during our broadcasts. Because you are the one doing the broadcasting, we feel that you should share in those profits.” The app just closed a $2 million Series A, already has more than 1.3 million broadcasts, and claims celebrity users Paula Abdul, Timbaland and Larry King. You should probably start hanging with this crowd. Read More
Lyst lets you load up If you’re a compulsive online shopper (NO we are not browsing cute sundresses as we write this), then Lyst’s new creation might be your new best friend. Today the online fashion hub introduced its Universal Shopping Cart, a device that lets you buy products from multiple retailers—like Alexander Wang, Read More
Step away from the “purchase” button. According to an investigation from The Wall Street Journal, shopping sites run by companies like Staples, Discover Financial Services, Rosetta Stone and Home Depot show customers different prices and deals based on what they know about you, including geolocation. Read More