Poshmark raises $87.5 million Series D, eyes expansion
Posted by Associated Press on 14th November 2017
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The fashion resale social network Poshmark is announcing that it’s raised $87.5 million in Series D funding.

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The company also introduced a significant app update on Tuesday that lets sellers act as virtual stylists. It’s called the Poshmark Stylist Match, and it gives sellers the ability recommend items in near-real time that are tailored to the style of buyers. In addition to the Poshmark app, users can also access Stylist Match via a voice-enabled skill for Amazon Alexa.

Poshmark — which now has nearly 3 million registered sellers — launched in 2011 as a digital consignment store and fashion marketplace with a mobile-first approach. Its goal early on was to a build a social network experience out of its web of buyers and sellers.

The startup exists alongside several venture-backed consignment sites like The Real Real and ThredUp, but Poshmark’s business model differentiates a bit from the pack. Poshmark does not buy inventory from sellers, which lowers its costs, and instead makes money by taking a 20 percent cut from every sale. The company also has a wholesale portal that lets sellers become wholesalers on behalf of brands.

“Since day one, we’ve focused on building a highly engaged community, enabling our network of Seller Stylists to deliver a shopping experience that’s personal, not just personalized,” Poshmark CEO Manish Chandra said in a statement. “With the introduction of social styling, we’re revolutionizing the way people shop by combining data, social interactions and people-powered commerce to create the fashion mall for the Instagram generation.”

The company has raised over $160 million in the past six years from high-profile investors including GGV Capital, Menlo Ventures, Mayfield Fund and SV Angel. This latest round was led by the Singapore-based investment company Temasek.

With this latest round of financing, Poshmark plans to expand into new categories and invest in “building immersive, data-driven shopping experiences for its community.”

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