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Product Hunt

Hello! We are planning a big release of Yaguara on Product Hunt in the near future and would like to ask if you could help build momentum. Here is the link to our 'Upcoming' page: Yaguara + Product Hunt

For those of you not familiar with Product Hunt, PH is a website that lets users share and discover new products, every day. It has built one of the more engaged and impressive communities over the years and has helped launch some of today's leading companies (Slack, Invision, Intercom, and thousands of others). You can only go live once, so the Yaguara team will forever be grateful with every quick subscribe in order for us to make the biggest splash. 

Birds and the Billions

Last week we asked what you thought the highest valuation Allbirds would ever receive after their recent $1.4B pricetag, and over half of you are not taking the bait. Can't get rid of those New Balances, huh?

Apparel Intelligence

Thread, a London-based AI-powered fashion sales company, just raised $22M with a new funding round. That is some serious money (total funding is $38M) for an eCommerce company from some serious investors (H&M, Demis Hassabis, Mustafa Suleyman, Y Combinator). Thread weaves a mixture of AI insights with expert human stylists to study each customer’s fashion tastes. The stylists eventually make decisions for said customers, and then use the AI insights to search inventory via Thread's technology. And Thread learns as time happens, so the advice becomes more and more personal with every visit.

Thread looks to have a great model and we wish them congratulations on their funding. But lets talk about the AI craze that has fully infiltrated fashion. 

Who does it?
It feels like everyone, ranging from giants such as Alibaba all the way to startups such as Finery.

What is it?
AI discussions are complex, and stances on its place in society often become intense following that third beer. This is because of 1) its injection into a wide variety of everyday processes and 2) its powers are evolving. So yes, a worldwide experiment. But fashion AI can be semi-simplified into its key initiatives:
- Accurately predict discounts
- Determine the geographic allocation of stock
- Retain and relay information on past performance 
- Identify social media trends and micro-trends 
- Deliver custom shopping for every consumer (over time)

It all comes down to increasing personalization and eliminating surplus. But all the kinks are not worked out, and there are major concerns if shoppers will give a robot the sympathy they give a human. So, we want your thoughts.

VOTE: Does AI need to be introduced more or less into fashion and apparel companies?

The Hunt

A section dedicated to relevant news, blogs, tips, and tricks we believe you would enjoy

SEO: Include Images and Videos in Sitemaps via Practical Ecommerce

How Shopify Can Help You Do More With Your Ecommerce Business via Hawke Media

Macy expanding VR furniture shopping to 90 stores in January via RetailDive

Shopify Opens Its First Brick-and-Mortar Entrepreneur Space

Last Minute Black Friday and Cyber Monday Strategies for 2018 via A Better Lemonade Stand

Keeps parent company Thirty Madison raises $15 million to fight male pattern baldness via TechCrunch

One Fun Question

Does this bring back Black Friday nostalgia or what?

Have a fantastic rest of the week. 

The Yaguara Team
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