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Freshplum Launches Helium, a Small-Biz Online Shopping Cart

Sales analytics company Freshplum launched Helium on Thursday morning — it’s an online integrated shopping cart that helps small businesses collect customer payments from their Web stores. Freshplum is the start-up brainchild of Sam Odio, a former Facebook employee who left the company in 2011 to join Y Combinator and cultivate his idea for an e-commerce company. The new product is backed by payments platform Stripe, and is rolling out to limited partners now.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus