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2013 September

20 Sep

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Remember Kozmo.com? Meet Zipments

September 20, 2013 | By |

The three-year-old startup raised $2.25 million to bring same-day deliveries into an increasingly crowded field.

A decade since the demise of Kozmo.com, the company that became emblematic of dot-com bubble startups that couldn’t generate enough revenue to become full-fledged businesses, companies bringing Internet technology to New York’s same-day bicycle courier business are once again beginning to flourish.

On Monday, New York-based Zipments, which lets bicycle couriers and dispatchers interact via a mobile app, announced Monday that it had raised $2.25 million. The three-year-old startup has been running a pilot program in New York for the past few months. The new funding is part of its quest to modernize deliveries and expand into other cities.

Read more on Crain’s New York

20 Sep

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Same-day delivery service picks up $2.25M seed round

September 20, 2013 | By |

The same-day delivery industry is changing — that is if Michigan-based Huron River Ventures has anything to say about it.

Huron River Ventures, a Ann Arbor-based early stage venture capital firm with a Grand Rapids office, has led a $2.25 million seed fundraising round, with New York-based FirstMark Capital, for Zipments.

Read more on Grand Rapids Business Journal

16 Sep

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Zipments Corp. secures $2.25M in seed funding

September 16, 2013 | By |

Zipments Corp., a crowdsourcing platform that connects businesses and couriers for inexpensive, same-day delivery, has raised $2.25 million in seed funding, MiBiz has learned.

The company, which has roots in Holland and launched in Grand Rapids three years ago, confirmed that it raised the funds over the past few months from investment firms in New York, Illinois and Michigan, as well as an angel investor in Canada.

The latest piece was a $1.25 million round led by FirstMark Capital of New York City and Huron River Ventures of Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.

Read more on MiBiz

16 Sep

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Premium rush: when old services become new tech companies

September 16, 2013 | By |

Couriers predate the birth of Christ, which means way before that meh bike messenger movie, “Premium Rush.” One account has them rising to prominence in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Even farther back there’s Hermes, the Greek messenger god, who could be considered the first courier sans bike and hip messenger bag.

Even today, after the advent of the telephone, fax, email attachments and videoconferencing, courier services are thriving. For one there’s Zipments, a New York-based startup that offers businesses same-day deliveries

Read more on Pandodaily

16 Sep

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Chicago Ventures backs Zipments

September 16, 2013 | By |

Local venture capital firm Chicago Ventures looked out of town for its latest investment, adding New York-based local delivery startup Zipments to its portfolio.

Chicago Ventures participated in a $2.25 million round led by FirstMark Capital of New York and Michigan-based Huron River Ventures. Zipments is one of several technology companies jockeying for a piece of the growing market to provide same-day local delivery.

Read more on ChicagoTribune.com

16 Sep

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Zipments Closes $2.25 Million Seed Round To Speed Up Same-Day Deliveries

September 16, 2013 | By |

New York based Zipments, a same-day delivery marketplace that connects retailers with couriers, has closed a $2.25 million seed round to further build out its product and expand to new cities. FirstMark Capital and Huron River Ventures led the seed investment in Zipments, which also included The Windquest Group, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Chicago Ventures, as well as Robert Safrata, CEO of Novex Couriers

Read more on TechCrunch

13 Sep

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Energy Efficiency Venture Investment Roundup: What’s Hot

September 13, 2013 | By |

VCs Like Their Buildings as they Like Their Deals: Efficient. 

Of all the cleantech sectors, efficiency companies continued to attract the most VC dollars throughout the first half of 2013, according to numbers from the Cleantech Group. The sector soaked up 19 percent of all venture investments during the first six months of the year. The number of energy efficiency deals rose 45 percent in the second quarter to a total of 79 through June.

Read more on CLEANTECHIQ

09 Sep

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Growth, partnership and risk taking – HPVP expands

September 9, 2013 | By |

HPVP is thrilled to announce that Ryan Fukushima, formerly an associate at Techstars Chicago and Huron River Ventures (HRV), has joined Hyde Park Venture Partners (HPVP) as our Senior Associate. Ryan’s joining is a story about growth, partnership, and risk taking.

Congrats Ryan! We wish we could have kept you, but are (almost) equally happy to work with you at HPVP in the years to come!

Read more on builtinchicago