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27 Jan

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How Local Businesses Provide Same-Day Delivery Service To Customers

January 27, 2014 | By |

One of the hottest trends in e-commerce this past year was same-day delivery services. Packages are being delivered on the same day by cars, trucks, planes and bicycle couriers. Amazon is even piloting drones for last mile deliveries. The same day delivery trend is driven by companies of all sizes.

Garrick Pohl, the founder of zipments, told me that his company offers same-day delivery for large retailers, e-commerce and local mom/pop shops to stay competitive. Fortunately, many companies have found that same-day delivery with zipments to be a more affordable option than two-day delivery with the U.S. Postal Service or UPS. Read more on Forbes.

20 Jan

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Zipments is coming, and it’s bringing candy

January 20, 2014 | By |

The New York-based same-day delivery platform launches here Tuesday, and brings with it a partnership with 1-800-Flowers.com.

Zipments — whose backers include Chicago Ventures, led by Kevin Willer — will handle local delivery of the flower distributor’s gourmet gifts, which include select chocolates from Fannie May.

Read more on Chicago Sun Times.

15 Jan

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Ann Arbor-based tech startup secures $4 million round of funding from Midwest venture capitalist

January 15, 2014 | By |

FarmLogs, an Ann Arbor-based agricultural tech startup, announced Wednesday that it closed on $4 million Series A round of funding, led by Drive Capital, a Midwest-based venture capital firm launched in 2012 by two Sequoia Capital veterans.

The company’s existing investors – Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners and Hyde Park Angels – also participated in the investment.

FarmLogs, which launched in 2012, helps farmers digitally manage their farms in order to increase yield and profitability. Farmers can monitor crops, expenses, profits, weather and prices using the software. The web and mobile apps are used by commercial farms in all 50 states and in 131 countries. Read more on MLive.com

15 Jan

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FarmLogs Raises $4M Series A To Further Advance Farming Into The Age of Apps

January 15, 2014 | By |

Just a year after securing $1 million in seed funding, Michigan-based FarmLogs is announcing a $4 million Series A led by Drive Capital. The company says it is looking forward to a big 2014 and the co-founder and CEO tells me the company will use the influx of cash to execute on an aggressive product growth plan for the upcoming year.

Jesse Vollmar, CEO and co-founder of FarmLogs, explained to me that the company is building out its product to intelligently predict and optimize crop rotations as well as automate activity data collection. Read more on TechCrunch.

15 Jan

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FarmLogs Raises $4 Million In Series A Funding

January 15, 2014 | By |

FarmLogs is a farm management software startup that builds tools for helping farmers increase their productivity and efficiency. FarmLogs participated in the Y Combinator startup accelerator program in the winter of 2012. Today FarmLogs has announced a $4 million Series A round of funding led by Drive Capital. Read more on Forbes

15 Jan

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07 Jan

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Ambiq Micro named to Electronics360 “10 Startups to Follow in 2014″

January 7, 2014 | By |

While the largest companies have the deepest pockets and often make the significant moves and biggest noise in the industry, every large company started out as a small company. As the design and manufacturing of the semiconductor ICs that underlie the electronics industry has become more complex and the industry more disaggregated it is also taking longer for startups and private companies to get to market.

But hope springs eternal and agile startups are often the way technology is brought to market. So Electronics 360 has come up with a list of 10 private companies that we think will be worth keeping an eye on in 2014. One of them could be the next Intel, Qualcomm, ARM or Imagination – or get bought by one of the major players. Read more on Electronics360

06 Jan

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CEO of Ann Arbor-based FarmLogs lands spot on Forbes’ ’30 under 30′ list

January 6, 2014 | By |

Jesse Vollmar, the 25-year-old co-founder of FarmLogs, an Ann Arbor-based farm-management mobile application and web software business, landed a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

Forbes released its third annual 30 Under 30 on Monday, which names the brightest stars under the age of 30 in 15 different fields. FarmLogs co-founder and CEO Jesse Vollmar, a Caro, Mich. native, landed a spot in the energy and industry category. Read more on mlive.com

06 Jan

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Forbes 30 Under 30 selects FarmLogs CEO, Jesse Vollmar and Covaron Founder, Vince Alessi

January 6, 2014 | By |

Forbes presents its  third annual 30 Under 30, a tally of the brightest stars in 15 different fields under the age of 30. This is the time to be young and ambitious. Never before has youth been such an advantage. These founders and funders, brand builders and do-gooders aren’t waiting for a proper bump up the career ladder. Read more on Forbes.com