E-commerce platform Speakeasy just completed its third seed round fundraise, raising $6.8 million, led by InvestBev, WSD has learned. Your editor chatted with Speakeasy co-founder and ceo Josh Jacobs as well as co-founder and coo Michael Bowen to discuss plans for the investment.
Today, House of Hazelwood, a purveyor of some of the highest quality whiskeys in the world, announces its partnership with Speakeasy Co. (Speakeasy) - one of the leading and most innovative e-commerce platforms in the alcohol space.
Remember when the subscription box came onto the scene? It was the early 2010s and, as new meal delivery kits and beauty product subscription boxes started to become the rage, Josh Jacobs, CEO and co-founder of Speakeasy Co, saw an opportunity for craft cocktails to play in the same arenas. But he also wanted a way to sell full-size bottles of craft spirits. Before long, the latter goal became the main target.
An online relationship has been created with Speakeasy Co to sell directly from its website, and relationships with Drizly, Flaviar and Caskers are in place to deliver direct to consumers across the USA.
Today, Villa One, the award-winning tequila founded by Nick Jonas and John Varvatos, launches on Speakeasy Co. (Speakeasy), utilizing it as an online partner. The brand has chosen to partner with Speakeasy to create an entirely new sales channel through e-commerce, allowing them to access customers while keeping the three-tier system intact. Speakeasy will enable Villa One to reach fans beyond the bottle by helping to coordinate the sales and fulfillment of both signed bottles and guitars.
The UK’s number one super premium vodka, Au Vodka, has selected Speakeasy as its official online partner. Speakeasy became successful by disrupting the beverage alcohol industry to allow streamlined direct-to-consumer sales for hundreds of brands. With their help, Au Vodka aims to make its mark in the US market.
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