Women aren’t pregnant forever: Zulily grapples with slow shipping times

In today’s world of instant gratification and rapid shipping, Zulily orders can practically take an eternity to show up at your doorstep. Average wait times: A few weeks, and sometimes longer. I know this first-hand. Last year, a maternity dress I bought missed two weddings that I planned to attend while pregnant. Finally, I canceled the order because customer service… Read More


Zulily cranks up marketing machine to draw in customers for non-kid categories

Wall Street didn’t like that Zulily reported a wider loss than expected, so they probably won’t like hearing this: The Seattle retailer plans to increase its marketing spend beyond what it originally budgeted in 2014. Zulily’s CEO Darrell Cavens and CFO Marc Stolzman made the case during the company’s conference call yesterday as to why this was… Read More

Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens speaks at GeekWire Startup Day last year.

Zulily’s Darrell Cavens on developing a clear focus

Darrell Cavens is the CEO of Zulily, the Seattle-based daily deals site for moms, but his history in the online business goes much further back, as an executive at online diamond retailer Blue Nile and before that at Starwave, working on properties such as ESPN.com and ABCNews.com. At the recent Seattle 2.0 Startup Day, presented by… Read More

Illustration of the Tortoise and the Hare. Wikipedia image

Startup advice from Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens: Move fast, because speed matters

For the past few years, Keith Vernon of Bristlecone Advisors has taken the stage at the University of Washington’s annual business competition awards dinner and read a popular children’s story. The idea is that important entrepreneurial lessons can be gleaned from children’s literature, like last year when Vernon read “The Little Engine That Could.” This year… Read More


Daily deal site Zulily raises $43 million at huge valuation of more than $700 million

Plopped in the middle of Zulily’s Seattle office is a colorful cardboard rocket ship marking the entrance to the company’s HR and recruiting department. It’s a popular destination. The daily deal site for baby and children’s products has already outgrown three office buildings and mushroomed from two co-founders to 240 employees since it was founded… Read More