Augmate Featured on Bloomberg TV
Oct 17th, 2014
Simon Venture Group's Managing Director, J. Skyler Fernandes, discusses one of their portfolio companies, Augmate, and the benefits of investing in wearable technology with Bloomberg's Trish Regan on "Street Smart." Watch Video.
Ultra Light Startups Features Simon Venture Group and The Future of Retail Tech
Oct 21st, 2014
According to Sky, the future of retail is in the convergence between in-store retail and e-commerce. He gave several examples of trends demonstrating the growth of omni-channel retailing, and the startups and established companies that are leading those trends. Read More.
Shopkick Gets Acquired By SK Telecom For $200M
Sept 27th, 2014
South Korean wireless company SK Telecom Co. said it agreed to acquire U.S.-based shopping-loyalty app Shopkick Inc. The acquisition would give SK Telecom, which operates primarily out of its home country, a new foray into the U.S. and provide it with new data tied to mobile phones. Read More.
Simon Gets Technical With New Plug and Play Collaboration
Sept 25, 2014
Simon Venture Group, in collaboration with Plug and Play, a global investor and technology accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups, Simon is looking to take a leading role in retail IT. Read More
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Watch Video: Plug and Play Expo 2014
The New Strategic Intent of Corporate Venture Capital
Sept 23, 2014
J. Skyler Fernandes, Managing Director of Simon Venture Group, “If you focus only on what’s directly strategic you’ll become closer to an R&D group or pure business development group, which is too niche focused and only looking at the next 1yr of operations, it doesn’t usually produce real innovation (which takes longer). If you focus on what’s indirectly strategic now, it could become very strategic in the future as markets evolve. That’s often where the “real” innovation happens.” Read More.
Simon Announces 'Simon Launch' Retail Startup Competition In Collaboration With Plug And Play Tech Center
Sept 18, 2014
Simon Launch is a retail startup competition aimed at discovering, investing in, and accelerating the top startups in the retail industry. Simon will be co-investing in the competition's winners through its recently formed venture capital arm, Simon Venture Group, in collaboration with Plug and Play. Simon will also become an Anchor Member of Plug and Play's Retail Accelerator program. Read More.
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Watch Video: Simon Launch Announced at Plug & Play Expo
Wearable Tech Startup Augmate Picks Up $2.8M
Sept 18, 2014
“The convergence of online and in-store technology is transforming the retail industry, and represents a tremendous opportunity for innovation,” says J. Skyler Fernandes, Managing Director of Simon Venture Group. “We are delighted to join them on this journey and can’t wait to see them innovate across retail, from warehouses to storefronts.” Read More
Venture Beat Article: Augmate raises $2.8M to put smart eyewear in the enterprise
Wired Magazine Annual Retail Tech Event
J. Skyler Fernandes presenting The Future of the Mall and Retail. Learn More.
Fuhu Nabi Ranks #1 Fastest Growing Private Co. Second Yr In A Row
Cute tablets for kids: That's the deceptively simple concept behind the Nabi, the high-tech toy that's made Fuhu Inc.'s fastest-growing company two years in a row.
Nabi 3yr Growth = 158,957%. See Fuhu Nabi's Inc Profile for 2014
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Tablet-Maker Fuhu Planning to Go Public
Aug 13, 2014
Industry experts say the valuation of the startup behind the child-friendly Nabi tablet could exceed $1 billion. Read More.
Seed Invest - Video Interview with J. Skyler Fernandes, Managing Director of Simon Venture Group
Aug 11, 2014
SeedInvest sits down with J. Skyler Fernandes, Managing Director of Simon Venture Group to gain insights on startup investing best practices. Read More. Video #1: VC Investing 101. Video #2: Intro to Simon Venture Group and Best Practices of Corporate VC.
New Simon VC Arm Making Bets on Retail Technology
Aug 9, 2014
"While Simon is seeking the outsized returns earned by other venture capital funds, “the ultimate mandate for Simon Venture Group is to improve the shopping experience,” Fernandes said. “Beyond that, it’s really being able to take a leadership role in the evolution of the retail space. Given Simon’s large presence of malls, we are a very valuable strategic investor for up-and-coming technologies and brands.” Read More
DreamIt NY Demo Day Spotlights Fashion Tech, Mobile Payments, Others
Aug 8, 2014
Fernandes said he is interested in seeing new ideas emerge in e-commerce, particularly on the supply side in contrast to demand-side platforms such as Amazon.com. “We’ve had the growth of Amazon and PayPal, but there hasn’t really been any other really big multi-billion dollar companies that’ve come up,” he said. Read More
Jifiti Partners with Evite to Send a Gift with Your RSVP
July 16, 2014
The Israeli gifting company’s technology will be integrated on Evite’s website allowing the 200 million annual Evite recipients to send gifts right from the platform. Read More
Investing in the Future of Shopping
July 16, 2014
What happens when you combine some of the largest and glitziest shopping malls in America – places like Copley Place in Boston, the Houston Galleria, the Stanford Shopping Center, the Westchester, and Tanger Outlet Centers – with tens of millions in investment capital in early stage digital shopping ventures? Read More.
Deliv Battles Amazon for Same-day Delivery from Malls
April 30, 2014
The battle between brick-and-mortar retailers and online giant Amazon.com is moving into the same-day delivery arena, and Deliv is already there. Read More
Simon Launches Corporate Venture Capital Arm, Simon Venture Group
March 20, 2014
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), a global leader in retail real estate, announced today the launch of a new, dedicated Simon Venture Group. This new business will invest in retail innovation, focusing on opportunities that enhance the shopping experience. Read More.