Innov8: V-Commerce
Presented by Store No 8 and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global

Judging is now complete. Winning concepts will be
showcased at the Innov8 Gala in Los Angeles, in October 2017.
Innov8: V-Commerce
Presented by Store No 8 and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global

Judging is now complete. Winning concepts will be showcased at the Innov8 Gala in Los Angeles, in October 2017.
Announcing the 2017 Innov8: V-Commerce Winners:

Finalists will present their winning concepts to today’s leading brands and influencers
at an exclusive, invite-only gala in Los Angeles in October 2017.
Meet the Judges
“Virtual reality creates a presence, a mindfulness, unlike anything else. We are looking to leverage VR to drastically enhance our customer's experience. Our first step is to identify the most innovative minds in the space to help us on this mission.”
— Katie Finnegan, Principal of Store No 8 —
Process & Perks
Applicants
  • The program invites companies and individuals from around the world that are developing disruptive technologies and experiences that could help shape the future of commerce in virtual reality.
  • A variety of applicants in the virtual reality ecosystem are welcome to apply to the open invitation. Technology and content companies can apply with current offerings or pitch a new product or concept.
Timeline
  • Submissions are now closed.
  • Innov8tors Announced - August 16, 2017
  • Innov8 Showcase Production - August to October 2017
  • Innov8 Gala - October 2017
Prizes & Perks
  • Exclusive chance to showcase at invite-only event
  • VIP dinner with Innov8 Judge Board prior to showcase event
  • Capital to fund development costs and strategic advice during incubation of concept
  • Leadership training and mentorship with the Thrive Global e-course
  • Valuable marketing and PR exposure, as well as access to top VCs and retail executives
  • Founding member of Store No 8 V-Commerce committee
About the Innov8 Gala
  • The competition will culminate with an exclusive, invite-only event in Los Angeles in October 2017, curating interactive and immersive experiences for those in attendance. The gala will highlight the best and brightest companies innovating around virtual reality and commerce, allowing them to interact and present their ideas to today’s leading brands and influencers.
Partners & Featured Attendees
“We’re in the middle of a cultural shift away from burnout and based on the connection between well-being and performance. The companies that will win the hearts and minds of consumers will shape our daily lives by making everyday experiences, like shopping, easier & less stressful.”
— Arianna Huffington,
Founder and CEO of Thrive Global —
“Accenture is committed to developing and investing in this powerful technology given the potential we believe it has to drive real business value. We’re excited to participate as a strategic innovation advisor to Innov8 and look forward to seeing the ideas that emerge.”
— Marc Carrel-Billiard,
Senior Managing Director of Accenture Labs —

Ignite the change that changes everything.

Welcome to Store No 8. Our vision is to be the force driving commerce forward. We are making big bets on the ideas that will transform the future of retail.

Store No 8 is an innovation hub formed by the world’s largest retailer. As a stand-alone entity, we have created an innovation ecosystem where new ideas can thrive outside the existing definitions of retail. We have a unique vantage point that allows us a view into the heart of America to connect with what people want. The ideas we develop here are our big bets that have potential to change the world.

Story

Store No 8 is built on the shoulders of giants. We're here because of the innovators who came before us. Where others saw obstacles, they saw opportunities. Where others went one way, they went the other - because they knew that opportunity always lies in the opposite direction.

We're carrying on the original spirit of innovation that audaciously and fearlessly shaped the way the world shops, saves money and ultimately, lives better.

Named after an early store -- remembered by Sam Walton as an "experiment" -- Store No 8 is where wild ideas, impossible notions, and big bets become scaleable realities.

We're getting back to the heart and soul of those early days where passion fueled innovation, where "crazy ideas" were the norm and the only rule was to pay no attention to the way things were supposed to be done.

At Store No 8 we are hyperfocused on discovering the ideas, people and technologies that won’t just transform the future of retail, but will also change the world.

Story

Store No 8 is built on the shoulders of giants. We're here because of the innovators who came before us. Where others saw obstacles, they saw opportunities. Where others went one way, they went the other - because they knew that opportunity always lies in the opposite direction.

We're carrying on the original spirit of innovation that audaciously and fearlessly shaped the way the world shops, saves money and ultimately, lives better.

Named after an early store — remembered by Sam Walton as an "experiment" — Store No 8 is where wild ideas, impossible notions, and big bets become scaleable realities.

We're getting back to the heart and soul of those early days where passion fueled innovation, where "crazy ideas" were the norm and the only rule was to pay no attention to the way things were supposed to be done.

At Store No 8 we are hyperfocused on discovering the ideas, people and technologies that won’t just transform the future of retail, but will also change the world.

We've done it before.
Let's do it again.

VALUES

Team

PRINCIPAL

Seth brings a deep understanding of the power of innovation to better serve customers to the Store No 8 team, as well as extensive operational experience in ecommerce and retail. Seth is SVP, Incubation & Strategic Partnerships for Walmart US eCommerce, which includes his role as Principal for Store No 8. Since joining Walmart in 2013, Seth has served in a number of roles with a deep focus on the digital shopping experience including SVP, Global Marketplace and Digital Store Operations (DSO) and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Global eCommerce.

Prior to Walmart, Seth was President and CEO of Thrift Books LLC, the nation’s leading online seller of used books. Seth started his career at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Seth is a diehard Seattle sports fan, which means you can find him cheering on his teams in both good times and bad. He loves skiing, traveling and is an avid reader. He attended Brigham Young University and the J. Reuben Clark Law School where he graduated summa cum laude.

PRINCIPAL

Katie brings a passion for retail and entrepreneurship to Store No 8. From sitting in on conference calls starting at age 8 with her retail executive dad, to early days in merchandising with J.Crew, to co-founding an innovative retail tech startup, Katie has always had a passion for retail and building.

Prior to the formation of Store No 8, Katie was Head of Corp Dev, IR and Strategy for Jet, reporting directly to CEO Marc Lore. Katie joined Jet in 2014 with the acquisition of Hukkster, the retail tech start-up she co-founded in 2012. The transition from a strategic role at Jet to a leadership role at Store No 8 is a natural progression for Katie.

A recent transplant to San Francisco from NYC, you'll find Katie cruising around town in her powder blue 1980 International Scout with her sidekick, Gormley (a puppy Cavalier). Katie holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Finance from Duke University. A proud Colgate alum, Katie is a founding chair of the Colgate Entrepreneurship Network, recipient of the Ann Yao ’80 Alumni award and 2015 recipient of the Maroon Citation.

Stephanie McElroy Created with Sketch.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Stephanie is the engine that keeps Store No 8 moving forward. She plays a key role as an organizing force in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.

A dynamic and experienced administrative professional, Stephanie has served as Executive Assistant at Walmart eCommerce since 2013. Prior to her role at Walmart, she developed her retail and ecommerce credentials in an administrative role at Gap, Inc.

A proud mother of two, she loves to cook for her husband, son and daughter who - unlike Stephanie - will eat anything. As far as she's concerned, seafood can stay in the ocean. But give her a steak and she's happy. Stephanie is a native San Franciscan who also enjoys hiking and reading.

Giulietta Pezzaniti Created with Sketch.
PEOPLE PARTNER

Giulietta believes that people are the most important asset for a business and strives to enable them to perform at their full potential, ensuring they have the ability to innovate to serve our customers.

Giulietta is the Sr. Director, People Partner for Store No 8 and leads M&A for the People team. She started with Walmart in 2015 to build the People Services function, which comprised of Reporting, HR System support, Process Improvement, Global Mobility, Operations, Employee Relations and M&A for the eCommerce team. Prior to Walmart, she held a variety of People roles at PayPal and eBay, Inc.

Giulietta is from the Bay Area, enjoys travel, learning new languages and a foodie. If you are looking for restaurant recommendations or places to visit, she is the one to ask! Giulietta holds a BA in Sociology and Italian Studies from UC Berkeley and a MS in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. She also has a deep passion for giving back to the community and serves on the board of Microclinic International.

Store Nº8 + Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global Present: Innov8 2017 — V-Commerce Open Invitation for Entries
Innov8: V-Commerce
Presented by Store No 8 and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global

The Competition is now closed.
Finalists will be announced on August 16, 2017.
Innov8: V-Commerce
Presented by Store No 8 and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global

The Competition is now closed.
Finalists will be announced on August 16, 2017.
We’re judging the best ideas from the Virtual Reality Developer community.
Stay tuned to find out which ideas have the most potential to change the way we shop and live.
Finalists will present their winning concepts to today’s leading brands and influencers
at an exclusive, invite-only gala in Los Angeles in October, 2017.
Meet the Judges
“Virtual reality creates a presence, a mindfulness, unlike anything else. We are looking to leverage VR to drastically enhance our customer's experience. Our first step is to identify the most innovative minds in the space to help us on this mission.”
— Katie Finnegan, Principal of Store No 8 —
Process & Perks
Applicants
  • The program invites companies and individuals from around the world that are developing disruptive technologies and experiences that could help shape the future of commerce in virtual reality.
  • A variety of applicants in the virtual reality ecosystem are welcome to apply to the open invitation. Technology and content companies can apply with current offerings or pitch a new product or concept.
Timeline
  • Submissions are now closed.
  • Innov8tors Announced - August 16, 2017
  • Innov8 Showcase Production - August to October, 2017
  • Innov8 Gala - October 2017
Prizes & Perks
  • Exclusive chance to showcase at invite-only event
  • VIP dinner with Innov8 Judge Board prior to showcase event
  • Capital to fund development costs and strategic advice during incubation of concept
  • Leadership training and mentorship with the Thrive Global e-course
  • Valuable marketing and PR exposure, as well as access to top VCs and retail executives
  • Founding member of Store No 8 V-Commerce committee
About the Innov8 Gala
  • The competition will culminate with an exclusive, invite-only event in Los Angeles in October 2017, curating interactive and immersive experiences for those in attendance. The gala will highlight the best and brightest companies innovating around virtual reality and commerce, allowing them to interact and present their ideas to today’s leading brands and influencers.
Partners & Featured Attendees
“We’re in the middle of a cultural shift away from burnout and based on the connection between well-being and performance. The companies that will win the hearts and minds of consumers will shape our daily lives by making everyday experiences, like shopping, easier & less stressful.”
— Arianna Huffington,
Founder and CEO of Thrive Global —
“Accenture is committed to developing and investing in this powerful technology given the potential we believe it has to drive real business value. We’re excited to participate as a strategic innovation advisor to Innov8 and look forward to seeing the ideas that emerge.”
— Marc Carrel-Billiard,
Senior Managing Director of Accenture Labs —

Ignite the change that changes everything.

Welcome to Store No 8. Our vision is to be the force driving commerce forward. We are making big bets on the ideas that will transform the future of retail.

Store No 8 is an innovation hub formed by the world’s largest retailer. As a stand-alone entity, we have created an innovation ecosystem where new ideas can thrive outside the existing definitions of retail. We have a unique vantage point that allows us a view into the heart of America to connect with what people want. The ideas we develop here are our big bets that have potential to change the world.

Story

Store No 8 is built on the shoulders of giants. We're here because of the innovators who came before us. Where others saw obstacles, they saw opportunities. Where others went one way, they went the other - because they knew that opportunity always lies in the opposite direction.

We're carrying on the original spirit of innovation that audaciously and fearlessly shaped the way the world shops, saves money and ultimately, lives better.

Named after an early store -- remembered by Sam Walton as an "experiment" -- Store No 8 is where wild ideas, impossible notions, and big bets become scaleable realities.

We're getting back to the heart and soul of those early days where passion fueled innovation, where "crazy ideas" were the norm and the only rule was to pay no attention to the way things were supposed to be done.

At Store No 8 we are hyperfocused on discovering the ideas, people and technologies that won’t just transform the future of retail, but will also change the world.

Story

Store No 8 is built on the shoulders of giants. We're here because of the innovators who came before us. Where others saw obstacles, they saw opportunities. Where others went one way, they went the other - because they knew that opportunity always lies in the opposite direction.

We're carrying on the original spirit of innovation that audaciously and fearlessly shaped the way the world shops, saves money and ultimately, lives better.

Named after an early store — remembered by Sam Walton as an "experiment" — Store No 8 is where wild ideas, impossible notions, and big bets become scaleable realities.

We're getting back to the heart and soul of those early days where passion fueled innovation, where "crazy ideas" were the norm and the only rule was to pay no attention to the way things were supposed to be done.

At Store No 8 we are hyperfocused on discovering the ideas, people and technologies that won’t just transform the future of retail, but will also change the world.

We've done it before.
Let's do it again.

VALUES

Team

PRINCIPAL

Seth brings a deep understanding of the power of innovation to better serve customers to the Store No 8 team, as well as extensive operational experience in ecommerce and retail. Seth is SVP, Incubation & Strategic Partnerships for Walmart US eCommerce, which includes his role as Principal for Store No 8. Since joining Walmart in 2013, Seth has served in a number of roles with a deep focus on the digital shopping experience including SVP, Global Marketplace and Digital Store Operations (DSO) and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Global eCommerce.

Prior to Walmart, Seth was President and CEO of Thrift Books LLC, the nation’s leading online seller of used books. Seth started his career at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Seth is a diehard Seattle sports fan, which means you can find him cheering on his teams in both good times and bad. He loves skiing, traveling and is an avid reader. He attended Brigham Young University and the J. Reuben Clark Law School where he graduated summa cum laude.

PRINCIPAL

Katie brings a passion for retail and entrepreneurship to Store No 8. From sitting in on conference calls starting at age 8 with her retail executive dad, to early days in merchandising with J.Crew, to co-founding an innovative retail tech startup, Katie has always had a passion for retail and building.

Prior to the formation of Store No 8, Katie was Head of Corp Dev, IR and Strategy for Jet, reporting directly to CEO Marc Lore. Katie joined Jet in 2014 with the acquisition of Hukkster, the retail tech start-up she co-founded in 2012. The transition from a strategic role at Jet to a leadership role at Store No 8 is a natural progression for Katie.

A recent transplant to San Francisco from NYC, you'll find Katie cruising around town in her powder blue 1980 International Scout with her sidekick, Gormley (a puppy Cavalier). Katie holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Finance from Duke University. A proud Colgate alum, Katie is a founding chair of the Colgate Entrepreneurship Network, recipient of the Ann Yao ’80 Alumni award and 2015 recipient of the Maroon Citation.

Stephanie McElroy Created with Sketch.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Stephanie is the engine that keeps Store No 8 moving forward. She plays a key role as an organizing force in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.

A dynamic and experienced administrative professional, Stephanie has served as Executive Assistant at Walmart eCommerce since 2013. Prior to her role at Walmart, she developed her retail and ecommerce credentials in an administrative role at Gap, Inc.

A proud mother of two, she loves to cook for her husband, son and daughter who - unlike Stephanie - will eat anything. As far as she's concerned, seafood can stay in the ocean. But give her a steak and she's happy. Stephanie is a native San Franciscan who also enjoys hiking and reading.

Giulietta Pezzaniti Created with Sketch.
PEOPLE PARTNER

Giulietta believes that people are the most important asset for a business and strives to enable them to perform at their full potential, ensuring they have the ability to innovate to serve our customers.

Giulietta is the Sr. Director, People Partner for Store No 8 and leads M&A for the People team. She started with Walmart in 2015 to build the People Services function, which comprised of Reporting, HR System support, Process Improvement, Global Mobility, Operations, Employee Relations and M&A for the eCommerce team. Prior to Walmart, she held a variety of People roles at PayPal and eBay, Inc.

Giulietta is from the Bay Area, enjoys travel, learning new languages and a foodie. If you are looking for restaurant recommendations or places to visit, she is the one to ask! Giulietta holds a BA in Sociology and Italian Studies from UC Berkeley and a MS in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. She also has a deep passion for giving back to the community and serves on the board of Microclinic International.