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If you are thinking about launching an e-commerce platform this year for your online business, you'll need to consider these major platforms to help you grow that company. You need to choose a platform that has capitalized on both social commerce and mobile commerce trends.

Running an ecommerce business isn’t easy: You’re physically disconnected from the customer, making it a monstrous struggle to establish trust for that first purchase. An even greater struggle is getting that first-time customer to come back and purchase again: According to research by RJMetrics, only 32 percent of customers studied placed a second order with an ecommerce business during the first year.

2015 was the slowest year for tech IPOs since 2009, when the Great Recession was coming to an end. Only 23 tech companies braved the market, down 58 percent from 2014. Together, they raised $4.2 billion, less than one-seventh of the IPO proceeds in the previous year.

Creating an online business has never been easier. With the right combination of software and a great business idea, you can start up a venture quickly. However, if you want to create a profitable online business, you’ll need to follow some simple, but essential, steps in your approach.

OK, so you want to become a data scientist. You probably don’t want to just change your job title. You probably want some new skills.

First there was ecommerce, then mcommerce and now it's all about fcommerce: otherwise known as selling on Facebook. Recently, the social network revealed a plan to allow consumers to buy items using their Facebook login, but that product is still a ways from being an option to the average online retailer.

Barcelona-based startup Lodgify is launching its product today, which aims to be the “Shopify of vacation rentals” according to its co-founder Naveen Sharma. Like Shopify, Lodgify allows small business owners to easily set up an online commerce presence – but this time the target is people who are renting out their homes to vacationers and short-term renters.

Move over, Etsy and Shopify. Popular mobile-transactions startup Square is branching out beyond processing in-person payments. Starting today, it wants to help businesses sell their wares online, too. Square has created Square Marketplace, an ecommerce service allowing businesses to sell their products and services online.

E-commerce startup Soldsie, which just announced in January that it had raised $425,000 from 72 investors through FundersClub, has now officially closed its full seed round of $1 million in outside funding. In addition to FundersClub, the company raised from 500 Startups and e.ventures.