Marketplaces Investments


Our Marketplaces Investing Approach

Successful online consumer and commercial marketplaces account for more than $1 trillion in public market valuation combined. Canvas Partner Paul Hsiao and others have observed that there is an evolution of horizontal marketplaces (eBay, Amazon and LinkedIn) to the emergence of specialized vertical communities (i.e. Airbnb, Houzz, and Uber) that are creating many new $10-billion plus entrepreneurial opportunities.

The convergence of cloud SaaS software, smart IoT data, machine-learning, and the ability to work anywhere makes forming new online marketplaces and professional communities possible. These new companies are re-shaping economies and becoming the new ‘operating system’ for their respective industry participants. They are making it accessible for the first time for many of the small, talented players to participate and thrive.  Furthermore, we also see their exciting, positive social impact as more women around the world are able to participate in the job market. We are very optimistic about the positive change and the economic opportunities these marketplaces unlock.

Additional marketplace examples include: lodging (Airbnb), transportation (Uber), export/import (Alibaba), home furnishing and home services (Houzz & Wayfair), shipping logistics (Transfix & XPO), fashion (TheRealReal), freelancing (Figure Eight & Upwork), crowdfunding (Lending Club, Kickstarter & Kabbage), real estate (Zillow, RealtyMogul & Roofstock), corporate services (Eden), HR & corporate learning (Glassdoor & Everwise), healthcare (Doximity), non-profit (Fluxx Labs), weddings (Zola), education (Coursera & Udemy), and others.

Marketplaces News

The Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2018 (featuring Transfix)

Where are the next unicorns? They’re coming from a wide range of industries—from esports and online education, to trucking and 3-D printing, to luggage and shoes.
Published in Forbes/by admin

CNBC unveils its annual list of 100 promising start-ups to watch (including Kidbox)

The Upstart 100 is CNBC's exclusive list of promising young start-ups, featuring a diverse group of companies that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow's household names.
Published in CNBC/by admin

The US has a major truck driver shortage — but the co-founder of a trucking startup that’s attracted $80 million in funding says there are 3 other issues that are making the shortage seem worse than it is

Drew McElroy, CEO and co-founder of Transfix, a New York-based freight brokerage startup, agrees that there's a constrained supply of drivers and trucks alike as the economy has improved. However, there are deeper causes to some of the delays we've seen in recent months.
Published in Business Insider/by admin

Kidbox, a subscription clothing box, has a social mission at its core

Watch video featured on CBS This Morning Saturday.
Published in CBS News/by admin

Wedding-Planning Startup Zola Raises $100 Million

The round, led by Comcast’s venture capital unit, brings Zola’s total funding to about $140 million. Lightspeed, Thrive Capital and Canvas Ventures also participated.
Published in Bloomberg/by admin

Zola CEO on the business of weddings

Zola CEO and Co-Founder Shan-Lyn Ma discusses her business, which is disrupting the wedding registry industry.
Published in CNBC/by admin

Kidbox raises $15.3 million for its personalized children’s clothing box

Kidbox, a clothing-in-a-box startup aimed at a slightly younger crowd than StitchFix, has raised $15.3 million in Series B funding to expand and scale its business.
Published in TechCrunch/by admin

Eporta: The Stunning Global “Airbnb Of Interior Design” Raises $8 Million

“We’re the of Airbnb for design,” cofounder Aneeqa Khan tells Forbes. “We connect trade buyers directly with people who make wonderful products around the world.”
Published in Forbes/by admin

Interiors Marketplace eporta Raises $8M, Led by Canvas Ventures

This London-based B2B interior marketplace startup, has now raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by US investor Canvas Ventures.
Published in TechCrunch/by admin

Blockchain Will Work in Trucking – But Only If These 3 Things Happen

Opinion piece by Jonathan Salama, Chief Technology Officer at Transfix
Published in TechCrunch/by Ching Wu

Zola CEO Joins "40 Under 40" List

Friends' wedding registries frustrated Shan-Lyn Ma, who would bounce among wish lists on retailers' websites, thinking the items weren't meaningful to the couples. She envisioned a better way. With Nobu Nakaguchi, director of Gilt Groupe, and Kevin Ryan, its founder, she started Zola, an online wedding registry and marketplace.
Published in Crain's New York/by Ching Wu

Everwise Raises $16M Series B for Social Learning Platform

Everwise raises $16M Series B led by Sequoia to expand it's social learning platform.
Published in TechCrunch/by Ching Wu
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