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Sarah Dunn

Sleep tight

Casper is the original ‘bed in a box’ – it’s a direct-to-consumer ecommerce company selling foam mattresses which are hydraulically compressed into boxes. The US-based company has yet to be active in the New Zealand market, but a handful of its many global copycats are already shaking up what co-founder Jeff Chapin refers to as “Big Mattress”.

In with the new

Simon Pound was one of Vend's early employees and witnessed the madness of its rapid growth firsthand. He was there for more than four years, but recently became a partner at ventures startup Previously Unavailable. He's also managing director of his partner Ingrid Starnes's self-named fashion label. Sarah Dunn chats to him about his new role, the insights he has gleaned from hosting the Business is Boring podcast, changing consumer trends and the future of retail.