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No Stack Startups

Many of you have probably read Andy’s latest post, “No Stack Startups”. Here at USV we’ve been following this remarkable but counterintuitive trend: e-commerce businesses sprouting up on non-commerce platforms: Instagram, Facebook, WeChat and on and on.

This trend seems to defy the “there’s an app for that” notion of the internet. If you’re selling some good, Instagram is not an app for that. Yet the network effects are so strong, and the traffic so robust, on platforms like Instagram that there’s opportunity to build a business even if the interaction model isn’t optimized for commerce. Maybe “follow... ↓ expand

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