From Upstart to Unicorn: How Dollar Shave Club Hit it Big

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There can be no doubt that Dollar Shave Club’s phenomenal success can be attributed to many factors—its irreverent and hilarious viral ads, its exemplary customer service, efficient manufacturing and distribution, and its incredible ability to scale, and (perhaps most importantly) its business model. Yes, there were many things that led to Dollar Shave Club (DSC) being bought for a cool $1 billion recently by Unilever. And their innovative and disruptive subscription business model was definitely one of them.

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Hulu and Spotify Expand Their Reach in the Competitive Sea of OTT

The streaming media waters have been growing increasingly crowded as of late, and in order to keep their customers happy and fend off the competition, two well-known names in the space, Hulu and Spotify, are making some big changes to their current slate of offerings.

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The Deal Awakens: Movies on the Big Screen by Subscription

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One of the side effects of the rise in streaming media services like the Netflix and Hulu is how they’ve impacted ticket sales at movie theaters, which have been flat over the past several years (with the exception of 2015 which saw a small spike due to the release of Jurassic World and the long-awaited Star Wars sequel). Why pay to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster or Sundance indie film in the theater—and then deal with lines and crowds, people kicking the back of your seat or talking on their cell phones? Why, when you can watch movies from the ease and comfort of your own home?  

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Lag Kills and Doods Rule: the World of eSports, Coming Soon to a TV Near You

Have you heard of “eSports”? If you haven’t, it’s probably because you’re not a gamer. But get ready, because while it might be a niche industry at the moment, soon it won’t be. Current estimates indicate that a billion people will be familiar with eSports by the end of 2016. And two to three-hundred-million people will participate—either as viewers or players—growing this market to an astounding $463 million in 2016. This is an increase of 43% over 2015.

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Convenience and Curation: Subscription Boxes Deliver the Goods

Admit it. You or your business have been thinking about launching a box of the month. And why not? It’s one of the most successful subscription models for consumer-facing businesses! Some of the most popular box categories are fashion, beauty samples, organic food, eco products, and kids’ crafts and activities. There’s also boxes for daily needs, such as coffee, tea, razors, socks, and underwear.  

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How the Amazon Prime Effect is Leading Retailers to the Subscription Model

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Jeff Bezos recently opened his company’s annual shareholder meeting with the news that Amazon had reached an impressive milestone: $100 billion in annual sales. What’s more, they reached this number faster than any other company in history. Along with this impressive stat, Bezos reported on their Amazon Prime offering—their annual subscription service that gives subscribers free two-day shipping along with unlimited access to movies, TV shows, music streaming, and other perks for $99 a year.

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Dealing in Decadence: Subscription Businesses for Lavish Lifestyles

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In our last post about luxury subscription offerings, we discussed two subscription businesses that provide subscribers a chance to own temporarily that which they cannot (or choose not to) buy permanently. These businesses and others like them use the subscription model to fulfill four-carat desires on half-carat budgets.

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Offering Opulence: the Subscription Model Goes Upscale

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The B2C subscription model has become well known for things like daily necessities (razors, soap, dog food, for example); food, wine, and snacks; beauty and personal-care items; various curated boxes-of-the-month; and many more examples of things that average yet discerning consumers want or need, and consume regularly.

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Tips for Subscription Startup Entrepreneurs

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Whether you’re building a new subscription business or transforming an existing business to accept subscriptions, Peter Figueredo offers some important tips. Read more about how to build a subscription business in his article targeted to entrepreneurs seeking investments in their business.

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How the Internet of Things Uses Data-Based Insights to Create a Better World

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Fitbit fitness tracker. Nest home thermostat. Philips Sonicare toothbrush. LIFX light bulbs. Caterpillar tractors. The Port of Hamburg. What do all these have in common? They’re all part of the Internet of Things, or IoT, where “smart” devices collect and transmit data, which can then be used by either the manufacturer or the consumer to make changes or improvements to the device or to how it’s used.

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