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28 Nov

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COURIER SERVICES MEETS THE SHARING ECONOMY: ZIPMENTS EXPANDS TO CANADA

November 28, 2013 | By |

New York-based startup Zipments launched in Vancouver yesterday, and is a site that provides low cost, same day courier services to retailers throughout the Vancouver region. And if there’s one industry that the sharing economy can make a big splash in, while rewarding many people, it might be the shipping industry.

The startup is calling itself the first Canadian company to use the sharing economy for deliveries, “by leveraging on advances in mobile technology and a flexible workforce to provide ‘Delivery, your way,’” even outside of normal business hours and on weekends.

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25 Nov

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Grand Angels invests in Ambiq Micro

November 25, 2013 | By |

Grand Angels has invested in a semiconductor design company founded by a University of Michigan grad.

Ambiq Micro, a fabless semiconductor company, plans to use the funding to expand its marketing globally, speed up product development and expand design of its primary semiconductor technology, Sub-threshold Power Optimized Technology. Ambiq’s semiconductor technology has a range of end-user applications, such as smart cards, wireless sensors and medical devices.

Grand Angels learned about Ambiq through Michigan-based Huron River Ventures, said Grand Angels President Jody Vanderwel. Vanderwel said Grand Angels looks to invest in companies that have a disruptive solution in their market.

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