31 minutes | Mar 25, 2021

Ep. 110: Solving the $800M Problem of Apparel Returns—with Vadim Rogovskiy of 3DLOOK

A total of $2T in apparel is sold online each year. But 30% to 40% of that apparel is returned. So, what if consumers could snap a couple of photos with their smartphone camera and get clothes that are the right fit for their body? Vadim Rogovskiy is the Cofounder and CEO of 3DLOOK, a deep tech startup solving the problem of apparel returns for retail. Vadim is an experienced entrepreneur, building and selling two companies in the adtech space before creating 3DLOOK. He also serves as an angel investor and mentor for the VC firm 500 Startups. On this episode of Boost VC, Vadim joins us to explain how 3DLOOK helps consumers choose the right size for apparel and share the process he used to find the right market for his team’s software. He discusses his mission to build a startup hub in the Ukraine, describing the developer ecosystem that exists there and the challenge of getting talented entrepreneurs to stay. Listen in for Vadim’s insight on deciding when to shift markets and learn about the fundraising process for a retail application like 3DLOOK. Topics Covered What problem Vadim is solving with 3DLOOKLimit number of eCommerce apparel returnsConsumer snaps 2 photos to get right size What inspired Vadim to become an entrepreneurWork in variety of companies (business management)Always thinking about how to make things better Vadim’s shift from adtech to deep techFascinated by apps powered by smartphone cameraMore challenging to raise money with slides alone The market for the service provided by 3DLOOK30% to 40% of apparel sold online is returned$2T apparel sold online/year How Vadim’s digital body passport evolved into 3DLOOKStart with avatar to dress up but no way to monetizeShift to health and fitness, track body changes Vadim’s process for deciding when to shift strategyInterviews with 20 companies from each segment Apparel needs tech to survive vs. nice-to-have Why Vadim had to look for investors beyond Silicon Valley3DLOOK tech too specific for Silicon Valley VCsBoston, New York invest in retail and eCommerce Vadim’s mission to build a startup hub in the UkraineEntrepreneurship not popular and few success storiesCreate accelerator, leverage developer ecosystem Vadim’s experience with fundraising for 3DLOOK$6.5M raise with 3 VCs, including Almaz CapitalScramble to get paperwork to all 24 SAFE holdersConnect with Vadim 3DLOOK https://3dlook.me/3DLOOK on Twitter https://twitter.com/3dlook_me3DLOOK on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/3DLOOK.me/3DLOOK on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/3dlook_me/3DLOOK on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPQIzvlU_Ht0b1g1oV7s3gQ3DLOOK on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/3dlook/Vadim on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/vadim-rogovskiy/   Resources Dixit https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39856/dixitImaginarium https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/218804/imaginariumL’Oreal Virtual Makeup https://www.lorealparisusa.com/virtual-try-on/makeup.aspxAlmaz Capital https://almazcapital.com/Marc Benioff at Salesforce https://www.salesforce.com/company/leadership/bios/bio-benioff/Life and Learning After One Hundred Years: Trust is the Coin of the Realm by George P. Shultz https://www.hoover.org/sites/default/files/research/docs/shultz_finalfile_web-ready.pdf Connect with Boost VC Boost VC Website https://www.boost.vc/Boost VC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/boostvc/Boost VC on Twitter https://twitter.com/BoostVCBoost VC on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/boost_vc/
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