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E-Commerce Economics Are Broken, Says Tech Startup Tradeswell, And We Can Help Fix Them

Paul Palmieri was looking at various direct-to-consumer startups as possible investments for his venture capital fund when he decided the e-commerce economics didn’t add up.

“I definitely saw a lot of opportunity to invest in direct to consumer brands, but every time we would get close, we would look at it and say, gosh, the numbers are somewhat broken,” he said.

While the sales potential is great, the fees brands pay to what Palmieri calls the ecosystem of e-commerce enablers – for advertising, for keywords, for warehousing, for fulfillment – are destroying margins.

So instead of investing in a DTC brand, Palmieri decided to invest in starting a company that would help brands large and small master the new math of e-commerce.

The company, Tradeswell, emerged from stealth mode

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Think Big Tech is Getting Broken Up? Buy Alphabet Stock

Antitrust actions among corporations, particularly those in the tech industry, have received increased attention recently. Many politicians are explicitly calling for the breakup of some of the biggest tech companies out there.



Think Big Tech is Getting Broken Up? Buy Alphabet Stock


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Think Big Tech is Getting Broken Up? Buy Alphabet Stock

Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) is one of many firms targeted by government officials for antitrust scrutiny, even under the administration of supposedly business-friendly President Donald Trump. It is believed that the Justice Department will soon file an antitrust suit against Alphabet related to its dominance in internet search.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has stopped short of saying he would break up any company over alleged antitrust actions. Nonetheless, Biden has called for more stringent antitrust scrutiny. The possibility of such actions fuels speculation over expanded antitrust investigations.

Despite this news, the impact on some of these companies from

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20 years after Microsoft’s antitrust fight, Steve Ballmer betting that Big Tech won’t be broken up

Steve Ballmer. (GeekWire File Photo / Dan DeLong)

Twenty years after Microsoft waged its own antitrust battle with the U.S. government, former CEO Steve Ballmer is betting that Congress won’t break up Big Tech this time around.

In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday (below), Ballmer was reacting to a U.S. House antitrust subcommittee report released this week that found challenges presented by the dominance and business practices of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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“I’ll bet money that they will not be broken up,” Ballmer told CNBC.

The 450-page report from the subcommittee’s Democratic leaders concludes a 16-month investigation into the four companies as the operators of major online markets. It finds that the market power of the tech giants “has diminished consumer choice, eroded innovation and entrepreneurship in the U.S. economy, weakened the vibrancy

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I’ll bet Big Tech won’t be broken up

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday commented on a report released Tuesday by the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, which found Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google hold monopoly power.

“I’ll bet money that they will not be broken up,” Ballmer said.

Ballmer, who helmed Microsoft through an antitrust lawsuit in the early 2000s, made some recommendations to those companies during CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday.

“If I’m in these guys’ shoes, I say, come on, let’s get down there and let’s regulate me and let’s get it over with so I know what I can do.”

Referring to Microsoft’s antitrust legal challenges over twenty years ago, Ballmer said, “Certainly what I learned as we were going through our antitrust issues in the early 2000s is that you can do things that seem 100% consistent with the law all along the way but then if you wind up with a

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Nikola is ‘a broken stock’ and could lose another 75%, one strategist says

Nikola founder and executive chairman Trevor Milton.


  • Nikola’s stock price has been in freefall since a short-seller report accused the company of misleading investors. 
  • Steve Kalayjian of Ticker Tocker thinks there could be further pain for the “broken stock” and it could crash to $5, from around $19.50, where it currently trades. 
  • The stock received its first sell-rating from Wedbush this week after Nikola CEO Trevor Milton has stepped down. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Shares in electric truck maker Nikola have been on a roller-coaster journey this month, ever since a scathing short-seller report complained the company had misled investors and one strategist is predicting the stock could lose another 75% in value.

Steve Kalayjian, chief strategist and co-founder of trading platform Ticker Tocker told Business Insider: “Looking at Nikola’s stock chart. It’s a broken stock. I would avoid it. It could possibly go

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Telepath is a buzzy new social network trying to fix what’s broken on Twitter

In July, amid the rise of the buzzy audio-only social network Clubhouse, some users reported being harassed by other members. This seemed obviously bad, but at the time the company had no guidelines about how users should behave on the site. Moderation duties were left to the two co-founders, then the company’s only employees, and it’s fair to say that enforcement was not their full-time focus.

When I wrote about the situation at Clubhouse, responses were divided. Some readers said that because the app was still in private beta, and had just two employees, users ought to cut it some slack. Moderation would come as the app scaled, they said, and to beat up the founders for not having every detail in place during the launch stage was unfair to the team.

The other view, which I took, is that any social product ought to begin with moderation in

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