Fireside Chat with Michelle Bacharach

What’s your favorite thing about XRC Labs? The retailer relationships – the team knows everyone! 5 lessons learned from going through the cohort program at XRC – Make relationships for the long term. Not everything will or should have an immediate payoff. – Pick the metrics that you want to hit and work backward from there – Focus focus focus …


XRC Young Enrepreneurs Residence Program 2017

We are happy to announce the launch of our Young Entrepreneurs Residence Program. This is a highly selective program that is open to students of the New School who have created their own startup or have a great startup idea they would like to develop in retail and consumer goods. To a select group of students, our program has granted …


Launch Day: XRC Labs unveils Cohort 3 companies

Last night, we welcomed mentors, sponsors, investors, fellows and affiliates to the University Center of The New School to introduce our third cohort class.  Culled from 500+ applications, we found the Big Eight, companies we believe are poised to challenge advance the retail and consumer goods sectors. Our cohort 3 companies are: 29th century: an AI-powered virtual data analyst to …


XRC company Seashells launches with immediate cash back platform

XRC company Seashells launches and gives you immediate cash back from 150 retailers — (e.g. Amazon 3%) — when you buy a gift card for yourself. No strings attached. I know. It sounds weird. Why would I buy a gift card for myself? Because you immediately get back: Amazon — 3% Sephora — 7% Itunes — 6% +147 more You …


500+ Applications!

We’re now in the process of reviewing the virtual pile of 500+ applications.  It’s very exciting!  Thanks to everyone who applied. There are definitely some great ideas and founder teams out there.  Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming cohort.    


Caraa on Project Runway Fashion Startup

Tomorrow night (Thursday, November 10th), Aaron Luo will be making a pitch on Project Runway Fashion Startup.   Along with his co-founder, Carmen Chen Wu, Aaron will present an investment proposal for their brand, Caraa Sport, to the panel of four investors on the show: Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp, Gwynnie Bee founder Christine Hunsicker, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, and Garry Wasner, a mentor …

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Today’s the LAST DAY to Apply to Cohort 3!

Today is the LAST DAY to apply to be part of our third cohort! Do you really want to miss out on the chance to be part of an innovation accelerator and ecosystem that includes Partners such as Kurt Salmon, the global retail consulting firm and Parsons, the world’s leading design and fashion school. Sponsors that range from technology innovators …


Augmenting the Retail Experience

This coming Wednesday, Pano will be speaking at the the Augmenting the Retail Experience event hosted by Samsung Accelerator.  Pano, whose background includes experience in the gaming industry, will be part of a panel of speakers including a professor of computer science from Columbia University, an innovation manager at Target, and head of insights at Blippar.  They will be sharing …


Checking in with Maddy Maxey and Loomia

Forbes recently interviewed Maddy Maxey, founder of Loomia (formerly The Crated) and member of XRC Labs Cohort 2.  Among other things, Susan Adams asked Maddy about her start in the smart textile business.  Like many brilliant folk, Maddy left college to pursue a dream; in her case, crafting custom women’s blazers.  This was soon followed by a Thiel Fellowship that enabled …

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Pano Anthos: Challenging Assumptions at Glossy Forum

In order to be successful, founders need to challenge conventional assumptions.  But they also need someone to challenge the assumptions they’re making for their own businesses.  That’s where Pano comes in. XRC Labs’ Managing Director, Pano Anthos, is great at asking the tough, probing questions.  The questions that demand founders know their niche, the problem they’re solving, the customer they’re …