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Tuesday, March 17 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
VCs Investing in Retail Innovation: Why? Where?

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Americans spend over $4 trillion each year at retail, but the way we select and purchase goods and services is changing rapidly. Two thirds of the U.S. mobile subscribers use smartphones and, according to a recent Deloitte study, 36% of all in-store purchases (roughly $1.1 billion) were influenced by digital interactions in 2013.
Mobile shopping, e-commerce, tablets, beacons, social shopping, marketplaces, digital advertising, analytics, mobile wallets – these are just a few of the exciting innovations that are transforming retail. Imagine a future where every dollar spent on advertising and marketing impressions can be traced to an outcome in the physical world. How will we get there? How long will that take? What will this mean for traditional media and the "art of marketing"? Who will win and who will lose?
Join retail industry experts (strategic and financial VC investors) for a panel discussion on the future of retail and the innovations that will enable it.

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Eurie Kim

Principal, Forerunner Ventures
Eurie is an investor at Forerunner Ventures, an early-stage VC firm dedicated to partnering with ambitious entrepreneurs who are meeting the challenges and opportunities of today’s rapidly evolving commerce landscape. Representative investments include: Birchbox, BloomThat, Bonobos... Read More →
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Stephanie Palmeri

Principal, SoftTech VC
Stephanie Palmeri is a investor with SoftTech VC, where she invests in next-generation commerce & marketplaces, mobile services & infrastructure, and SaaS startups – including Poshmark, ClassDojo, Clever, Handshake, Grovo, Thanx, and Lantern. Stephanie previously represented SoftTech... Read More →
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Dan Rosen

Partner, Commerce Ventures
Dan is the Founder of Commerce Ventures, a venture firm focused on digital innovations in retail and payments. Commerce Ventures represents a highly strategic set of investors and, thus far, has invested in fourteen portfolio companies, including Bill.com (SaaS for A/R & A/P), Boomtown... Read More →
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Janie Yu

Vice Pres, Fung Capital
Janie leads deal sourcing at Fung Capital, the strategic investment arm of the Fung family in Hong Kong which separately controls Li & Fung, a public company that sources, distributes and retails consumer products globally with over $22B in revenues and 45,000 employees in over 40... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 206

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