Extras: HauteLook, Etsy Summit, 3D-Printing, Groupon China

Einige weitere spannende E-Commerce-News aus den vergangenen Tagen:

HauteLook geht an Nordstrom
Der US-Shoppingclub HauteLook wurde für 270 Mio. US-Dollar von der US-Handelskette Nordstrom übernommen :

"In one of the larger exits so far in the flash sales business, retail chain Nordstrom has acquired flash sales site HauteLook for $180 million in Nordstrom stock and three-year earn-out of up to $90 million. HauteLook has raised $41 million in funding."

HauteLook war 2009 auf Platz 191 der Internetretailer Top 500

Etsy Summit
Am 17. und 18. September 2011 wird Etsy eine Konferenz in Berlin abhalten:

"September 17 and 18, 2011, Etsy will be holding its first ever conference. Taking place in Berlin, Germany, Hello Etsy: A Summit on Small Business and Sustainability aims to inspire and educate individuals who seek to revolutionize international commerce.


"Over 500 participants from around the world will take part in this weekend-long event where they will learn the skills they need to take their enterprises to the next level and hear the words and stories that will inspire them to do so."

Wie Etsy arbeitet
Etsy-CTO Chad Dickerson gibt detaillierte Einblicke in die Arbeitsweise von Etsy auf der Q&A-Site Quora:

"We practice continuous deployment and make small changes frequently to the site. We use what we call "config flags," which are more or less an exact copy of what Flickr does (see the Flickr engineering blog) and a lot of the code for features runs "dark" for days or weeks, and feature launches mean flipping a switch in the code."

"When we make mistakes, we conduct blameless post-mortems and assign remediation items to the appropriate team members."

"Overall, engineers are treated as creative collaborators in the overall process with design and product, and products are worked out and iterated on with engineers instead of simply being handed to them for implementation."

Groupon in China
Die vom deutschen Groupon-Arm durchgeführte internationale Expansion von Groupon sorgt für weitere negative Schlagzeilen. Nach Südamerika geht es nun um den chinesischen Markt, in dem es nicht optimal läuft:

"There’s trouble in Tencent and Groupon’s China group buying joint venture, Gaopeng.com, according to press reports from China. Apparently the site went up for a day, Tencent balked and pulled it back down.

Beyond that, people tell us the operation is pure chaos: Rapid hiring, little due diligence and money being thrown around. The biggest gripe: It’s almost entirely run by foreigners."

Der chinesische Markt ist bereits hart umkämpft:

"The domain, Groupon.cn was taken up by another clone that has identical design as Groupon. Groupon.cn proves to be a tough nut to crack. Besides naming issues, Groupon.cn is a tough competitor which claimed to have over 7 million registered users and has so far helped its community save US$80 million."

In Russland kooperiert Groupon mit dem Social Network Odnoklassniki .

The Economist fasst noch einmal den aktuellen Stand von 3D-Printing und die kommenden Implikationen in einem lesenswerten Artikel zusammen:

"Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750—or the printing press in 1450, or the transistor in 1950—it is impossible to foresee the long-term impact of 3D printing. But the technology is coming, and it is likely to disrupt every field it touches. Companies, regulators and entrepreneurs should start thinking about it now.

One thing, at least, seems clear: although 3D printing will create winners and losers in the short term, in the long run it will expand the realm of industry—and imagination."

NoSQL bei Netflix
Im Netflix-Blog berichtet Yury Izrailevsky, Director of Cloud and Systems Infrastructure bei Netflix, über den Einsatz von NoSQL-Datenbanken bei dem Streaming-Angebot von Netflix:

"The reason why we use multiple NoSQL solutions is because each one is best suited for a specific set of use cases. For example, HBase is naturally integrated with the Hadoop platform, whereas Cassandra is best for cross-regional deployments and scaling with no single points of failure.

Adopting the non-relational model in general is not easy, and Netflix has been paying a steep pioneer tax while integrating these rapidly evolving and still maturing NoSQL products. There is a learning curve and an operational overhead.

Still, the scalability, availability and performance advantages of the NoSQL persistence model are evident and are paying for themselves already, and will be central to our long-term cloud strategy."

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