E-commerce startup Fabric raises $100M in latest giant funding round for a Seattle startup – GeekWire
Another day, another big funding round for a Seattle startup.
E-commerce company Fabric just landed a $100 million investment to help retailers sell their products online.
The funding comes just five months after Fabric raised a $43 million Series A round. The 4-year-old company said revenue has grown more than 800% year-over-year as the pandemic has accelerated e-commerce adoption. It now employs 161 people, up 400% since February.
The Series B round values Fabric at $850 million, according to Bloomberg, up from a $193 million valuation in February.
Fabric is quickly inching toward unicorn status, on the verge of joining a growing list of privately held tech startups in the Seattle region valued above $1 billion.
Seattle-area companies including Highspot, Zenoti, Outreach, Rec Room, and Amperity have raised venture capital rounds of $100 million or more in the past six months amid a record year for funding, both in Seattle and nationally.
Fabric is one of several Seattle-based e-commerce startups that provide back-end infrastructure for online shopping. It aims to help mid-market brands that are trying to keep up with Amazon but don’t have the technical expertise or capability to build out robust e-commerce systems.
“We are offering technology and guidance that was previously only available to the largest e-commerce organizations,” Fabric CEO Faisal Masud said in a statement.
The company’s platform is described as “headless,” or “modular commerce.” Customers such as GNC and Restoration Hardware can use Fabric for their entire stack, or just pick and choose from its suite of commerce APIs to help with specific parts of a system such as product information or order management, for example.
“Instead of gluing together dozens of modules from dozens of different providers, Fabric is the orchestration layer that brings the best modules together in a seamless way,” Masud explained in this blog post.
Fabric is riding tailwinds from the recent online shopping surge; U.S. e-commerce sales were up 39% in Q1 of this year. Meanwhile, online sales as a percentage of total retail continues to grow, now making up 19.5% of overall sales, up from 15.9% last year, DigitalCommerce360 reported.
Masud is a tech vet who spent more than six years at Amazon in the 2000s, helping build inventory tools and launching the AmazonBasics product line. He then had stints at eBay, Groupon, and finally at Staples, where he was chief digital officer and later chief technology officer. Masud was most recently COO at Wing, the Alphabet-owned drone company where he launched the global drone delivery program for major retailers in food and pharmacy.
Ryan Bartley originally helped start Fabric back in 2017. He previously helped lead Staples’ Seattle engineering office with Masud; the pair also worked together at eBay. Bartley is Fabric’s chief product officer.
Fabric raised a $9.5 million seed round in October of last year. Total funding is $153 million.
Stripes led the latest funding round, which included participation from B Capital Group, Greycroft, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and Sierra Ventures. Stripes partner Ron Shah will join Fabric’s board of directors.