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Apple’s Phil Schiller Confirms White iPhone Will Be Available This Spring

March 13th, 2011 03:05 admin View Comments

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It looks like white iPhone 4 will definitely be released this Spring and won’t be scrapped as it was widely speculated. Back in October 2010, Apple had delayed the launch of the white iPhone 4 until Spring 2011.

Apple Senior Vice President of Marketing, Phil Schiller has just confirmed that white iPhone will be available this spring and he believes “it is a beautyâ€.

Few hours back Phil Schiller revealed this while responding to a follower:

airickanderson: how do i get a white iphone?

pschiller: Hi Eric. The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!).

In January, we had reported that an unknown Japanese company has developed a new paint material that will allow Apple to finally release the long-awaited white iPhone 4.

But it remains to be seen if customers will be still interested in the white iPhone 4 after just a long delay.

Are you still waiting for the white iPhone 4? Or did you end up buying the black one due to the delay? Which one do you prefer? Please share your views in the comments section below

[Twitter (Philip Schiller) via Engadget]

Source: Apple’s Phil Schiller Confirms White iPhone Will Be Available This Spring

Beautylish: Three Men Set Out To Redefine The Female Beauty Business Online

November 16th, 2010 11:42 admin View Comments

Female beauty products are a $330 billion worldwide business. But no one yet owns the space online. So that’s exactly what three people are trying to do with a new startup, Beautylish. But here’s one interesting aspect: all three are men.

Most cosmetic companies were actually started by men,” co-founder Vu Nguyen notes, admitting that it is a little weird that these guys are building a business around products and brands they don’t use. But he says that there are women on their team, and says that the opportunity to change this market had too much potential to pass up, regardless of sex.

It’s a big market, but not a Silicon Valley one,” Nguyen notes. “Women are more social than men, generally. We want to create a way where women can share and learn from each other,” he continues. And that’s exactly what Beautylish is: it’s a social network for beauty, cosmetics, and brands. They focus on video tutorials, candid product reviews, and conversations amongst users.

The service actually launched in beta form this past January, and has already accumulated a small but loyal user base. The company is disclosing for the first time that in July they raised $1 million in seed funding from a group of prominent angel investors:

  • SV Angel (Ron Conway)
  • Naval Ravikant
  • Max Levchin
  • Steve Chen
  • Jeremy Stoppelman
  • Keith Rabois
  • James Hong
  • Jim Young
  • Jameson Hsu
  • Mariam Naficy
  • Philip Kaplan

The service is now open for all to check out.

Source: Beautylish: Three Men Set Out To Redefine The Female Beauty Business Online

Makeup Discovery Service BirchBox Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round

October 27th, 2010 10:59 admin View Comments

Have you ever walked into your neighborhood Sephora only to feel utterly inundated by a sea of colorful beauty products? There are literally thousands of slots filled with bronzers, eye palettes, brushes, moisturizers, foundations, creams, creating a dizzying kaleidoscope of shades and scents.

As someone who doesn’t pour over fashion magazines for the latest product and make-up tips, it’s simply overwhelming.

I’ve always wondered why we couldn’t take the makeup discovery process out of the box, aka the brick and mortar experience, and bring it into the home in a real, non-Mary Kay tactile way that’s a step beyond mere online shopping.

A new breed of startups are trying to do just that, including New York-based BirchBox, which just raised a $1.4 million seed round led by First Round Capital and Accel Partners. Several individual investors participated in this round, including Sam Lessin (drop.io), Dave Morin (Path), Michael Dearing (Harrison Metal), Kirsten Green (Forerunner Ventures), and Gary Vaynerchuk.

BirchBox, which officially launched in September after a few months in beta mode,  is a mash-up of a monthly sample service, an online shop and a beauty editorial content.

The core of the site is the monthly subscription plan. Users can either pay $110 upfront for a full-year package or $10 a month, with the option to quit at any time.

Each month, users receives at least four premium samples (no dinky packets), shipped to their homes from high end beauty retailers like Laura Mercier, Nars and Cargo. The website supplements these monthly packages by providing pertinent tips and tutorials for the featured samples. If a user wants to purchase the full-size version, they can buy it on BirchBox, which will earn them points for future discounts (inviting new members will also help you rack up points). The idea is create a fun discovery process at an affordable price and to help brands reach consumers and drive sales.

The site currently has 2,000 paying subscribers and competes with traditional retailers, like Sephora, and other makeup sample subscription services like Yellow Box Beauty or TestTube.

“Beauty brands have long recognized the power of sampling and Birchbox improves the reach and effectiveness of sampling programs by identifying high potential consumers outside of the brands’ traditional reach, tracking their behavior and feedback, and encouraging a deeper relationship with the brand,” Principal of First Round Capital, Phineas Barnes said in a statement.

According to the co-founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp (who, like the founders of Gilt, are Harvard Business School grads) they wanted to create a service that was simple and exciting, by focusing on prestige brands and their latest products.

“We thought, wouldn’t every woman want a best friend who has access to the beauty editor’s closet,” Beauchamp says.

When I asked her whether she will eventually slap on an (oh-so-trendy) flash sales feature on BirchBox, she flatly said, “No.” Although she acknowledges the popularity of flash sales, and many like Gilt have dabbled in cosmetic offerings, Beauchamp says BirchBox is focusing on new products and catching them early in their life cycle.

For now, the service seems to lack significant customization (most users will get the exact same items), but the startup says it’s working on increasing personalization, particularly for skin types, hair traits and style tastes.

I’m interested to see how this service works out and whether the economics make sense for the participating brands. Beauchamp provided little detail on the pricing structure, but these top tier beauty brands are effectively giving away premium-sized samples of new products for the sake of promotion. That makes sense if users opt to buy the full-size versions when their samples run out, less sense if there’s a thin correlation between samples and sales.

Source: Makeup Discovery Service BirchBox Raises $1.4 Million Seed Round

Groupon Hooks Up With InStyle On Beauty Deals

October 15th, 2010 10:59 admin View Comments

Groupon takes one more step towards being a content company today and announces the launch of a series of beauty deals curated by InStyle editors. As an offshoot of the InStyle Beauty Black Book offering in the October InStyle issue, the magazine has curated a three day promotion offering half off or more discounts on each beauty related deal at six different salons and spas nationwide starting today.

Deals include such typical salon fare as Sunless Tanning session in Los Angeles and something called Brow Services in Boston and are presented on the Groupon site with the InStyle branding.

Again, this is notable because Groupon, which features some pretty interesting creative itself, is expanding its reach through media properties, having already partnering up with McClatchy and Media General and today InStyle on social shopping deals.

The future of media is in daily deals. I kid you not.

Source: Groupon Hooks Up With InStyle On Beauty Deals

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