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Prime Day boosted other large retailers’ sales by 54%, says report

Amazon’s Prime Day again broke records this year , but the sales holiday also boosted sales across the broader U.S. e-commerce industry. According to Adobe Analytics data released this morning, larger retailers – meaning those with over a billion in annual revenue – saw a 54 percent increase in sales on Prime Day, compared with an average Tuesday. This is attributed to increased conversions on their own sites, Adobe says. Though not highlighted in Adobe’s report, Target announced that its one-day sale held on Tuesday was the biggest online shopping day of 2018, in terms of both traffic and sales. “Millions” of guests shopped its site, and “millions” of orders are now being fulfilled, it said. Of note, 90 percent of those online orders are being fulfilled by Target stores – a different model than Amazon. eBay, however, can’t comment on the results of its Prime Day sale, as it’s scheduled to report earning today. But it had advertised exclusive deals at 80% off of items’ retail prices. Walmart, meanwhile, wooed shoppers with ads touting free, two-day shipping without the need for membership ahead of the sale. It also slashed prices on Google Home devices, as a counter to Amazon’s Echo sales

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LEGO made James Bond’s Aston Martin, complete with working ejector seat

There’s a new Aston Martin DB5 on the market and it’s everything you’d expect from the vehicle used by James Bond in the movie Goldfinger. The only drawback: It’s too small to drive. LEGO has created a replica of the Aston Martin DB5 used by super spy James Bond, but in miniature. The 1964 sports car, which measures in at 13 inches long, is loaded with features, including a detailed interior with a concealable radar tracker and a door compartment with a telephone. There’s other functioning gadgetry as well, most notably a working ejector seat, a revolving license plate and a bulletproof rear window that can be raised and lowered. There are even wheel-mounted tire scythes and a gearstick that when pulled back reveals front-wing machine guns. It’s here! The LEGO Creator Expert Aston Martin DB5… clean lines and cool gadgets. #LicenceToBuild https://t.co/bUc1Nr0aNX pic.twitter.com/J7vI44LuvU — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) July 18, 2018 The new set, which retails at $149.99, is available to LEGO VIPs starting Wednesday. For now, customers can only buy two of the sets. Like other LEGO collector sets, this one isn’t geared for kids. The set, which includes more than 1,290 pieces, is designed for people ages 16 and older

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Apply for TechCrunch Include Office Hours with August Capital

TechCrunch is partnering with August Capital for  Include Office Hours  on July 27. From 3:30-5:00 pm (before the Summer Party ), founders will have the opportunity to get key insight and feedback from Villi Iltchev, Lisa Marrone and Abie Katz. Founders can apply here . Founded in 2014, the TechCrunch Include program  works to leverage the broad network and resources for opportunities for underserved and underrepresented founders in tech. The Include Office Hours program is one such program. Over the course of the year, TechCrunch partners with a VC firm to host private one-on-one meetings between founder and investor. Founders will have 20 minutes to ask for valuable guidance, as well as product and business advice. Founders from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Underrepresented and underserved founders include, but are not limited to veteran, female, Latino/a, Black, LGBTQ and handicapable founders. The July Include Office Hours will be hosted by August Capital on July 27 from 3:30-5:00 pm PT. August Capital is a venture fund based in Menlo Park, Calif., primarily investing in early-stage startups. Apply here . Meet the participating investors: Villi Iltchev , Partner Villi Iltchev joined August Capital in 2016. Prior to joining, he was a member of the leadership teams at Box and LifeLock, where he was responsible for driving strategy and inorganic initiatives, including acquisitions and investments. Previously, Villi was vice president at Salesforce, where he led the strategy and acquisitions team and executed numerous talent, growth and strategic acquisitions.

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Top VCs Megan Quinn, Sarah Tavel and Aileen Lee are coming to Disrupt SF

In many ways, it’s the best of times and the worst of times to be a venture capitalist. While money continues to flood into Silicon Valley, the math keeps getting harder to square. At what point do rising valuations stop making sense? How much mental bandwidth does one spend on blockchain technologies? Can the world handle another SoftBank megafund? These are among the many (many) questions we have for a distinguished panel of top investors who are coming together at our giant Disrupt SF show on September 5-7 to discuss what’s happening on the ground, and how they stay above the fray. Among our guests: Megan Quinn, a general partner with the venture firm Spark Capital, who, over the years, has become as well-known in startup circles for her wit as her insights about company-building. (Among her recent tweets: “Any time a late stage company tells me “… and we’ve never done any marketing!!” it has the opposite of the desired effect. Marketing – whether acquisition, brand, performance, etc – is a core competency at pretty much every company of consequence building for the long term.”) Quinn knows a thing or two about what companies need to grow, having led a number of early-stage and growth consumer investments for Kleiner Perkins prior to joining Spark and, before that, spending years in product development at both Square and Google. She’s also a straight-shooter when it comes to talking trends.

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