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    Acquisition & IPO
    Wall Street Journal: How PetSmart Swallowed Chewy—and Proved the Doubters Wrong
    “After more than 100 pitches, in which he argued Amazon could never provide the intimate customer service and expertise of Chewy, someone did. Boston-based Volition Capital LLC put $15 million into the company in 2013. The volume of Chewy’s repeat business was what convinced the firm to invest, according to Larry Cheng, a managing partner … Continued
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  • Chewy.com founder Ryan Cohen at Volition Capital
    Acquisition & IPO
    TechCrunch Interview with Ryan Cohen on Chewy.com and Its Fast-Approaching IPO
    Read the full TechCrunch article here (By Connie Loizos) Interview Highlights: TC: You get together, and then you settle on creating a retail pets business? Why?  RC: We were doing affiliate marketing and we wanted to own the entire customer experience and were looking for big categories that were underpenetrated. In fact, we thought the … Continued
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    Acquisition & IPO
    Larry Cheng on CNBC Squawk Box: Chewy IPO
    Former Chewy.com board member and the company’s first institutional investor Larry Cheng, who is also the co-founder and managing partner of Volition Capital, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss the website’s IPO.
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  • Acquisition & IPO
    A Low-Flying Pet Supplies Company Just Sold to PetSmart in the Biggest E-Commerce Sale Ever
    Read the full article here.   If you haven’t heard of Chewy, you aren’t alone. But PetSmart, the retail giant with more than 1,500 stores across the U.S., has clearly been tracking the low-flying, five-year-old pet supplies company. According to Recode, it just agreed to purchase its young rival for a stunning $3.35 billion, just slightly more … Continued
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    These Three Hot E-Commerce Startups Could Have Surprise IPOs in 2017
    Read the full article here. Not a single e-commerce company went public on a U.S. stock exchange in 2016, according to startup data firm CB Insights. But with the new year, there are some new possibilities — even in an industry dominated by Amazon. Here are three young e-commerce companies that could surprise the startup … Continued
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