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2014 December

23 Dec

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Sidecar to Let Customers Choose Gender of Their Drivers

December 23, 2014 | By |

A Bay Area ride-share service is planning to step up to help female passengers feel safe.

Sidecar has announced on its blog it is letting customers select the gender of their drivers.

The San Francisco company has been letting users customize rides since February. And gender selection is the latest option.

This comes as Uber faces increasing criticism about its drivers. On Wednesday, an Uber driver near Boston was charged with sexually assaulting a passenger. Read more on nbcbayarea.com

22 Dec

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Agtech Upstart FarmLogs Raises Another $10 Million

December 22, 2014 | By |

Agricultural management software company FarmLogsjust added $10 million in venture backing, bringing its total raised so far to $15 million.

The Series B round—which comes less than one year after its Series A event—includes existing investors Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, and Hyde Park Ventures, and new backers including the president of Y Combinator, Sam Altman.

Read more on Forbes

19 Dec

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Sidecar takes the lead in the carpool race

December 19, 2014 | By |

It’s been four months since Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar officially launched their carpool features. And although all three rideshare companies have marketed their new carpool feature to the masses, one of them is pulling ahead: Sidecar.

It has expanded its carpool option to the most cities and seen record-breaking use in the process. The company trotted out a host of statistics and facts during a recent interview with me. The overall picture was clear: Sidecar’s carpooling feature is now its main source of growth, and a welcome injection.

Sidecar’s Shared Rides feature is now available in five cities, compared to three for both Lyft and Uber. In the cities where it launched the feature, 40 percent of the rides Sidecar offers are carpool. Uber wouldn’t disclose its percentage of UberPool rides. Lyft told me that as of a few months ago, 30 percent of its rides in San Francisco were Lyft Line, but it declined to share more up-to-date figures or the percentages of other cities. Read more on Gigaom

17 Dec

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FarmLogs Nabs $10m Series B From SV Angel, Sam Altman And Others

December 17, 2014 | By |

Nearly 12 months ago, FarmLogs announced it raised a $4 million Series A. And today the company is back with a $10 million Series B to keep pushing farming into the digital age.

The additional funding came from existing investors Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, and Hyde Park Venture Partners. SV Angel and Sam Altman, Y Combinator’s president, also participated in the round, which brings FarmLogs’ total funding to $15 million.

Since launching and graduating from YC’s winter 2012 class, the Michigan-based company has seen tremendous growth, tripling its marketshare in the first six months of 2014. Read more on TechCrunch

03 Dec

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Zipments Delivers Free Shipping & Local Retailer Discounts to NYC Holiday Shoppers

December 3, 2014 | By |

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Dec 3, 2014) – Zipments, the delivery-your-way logistics company, today announced Shopping Pass, a promotion that highlights local brick & mortar retailers and free, customized shipping. As part of the program, over 100 brick & mortar stores in NYC will provide holiday 2014 discounts to shoppers who buy products during the month of December & January. Zipments will provide free, same-day delivery to customers anywhere in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Consumers can purchase the $35 Shopping Pass at zipments.com/shopping-pass and activate it for a seven-day period of shopping & free delivery. The pass can help people get their holiday shopping out of the way quickly while saving money, and also makes a great early gift for friends and family members with shopping of their own to do. Tourists coming to NYC for the holidays can purchase them directly to take advantage of all the great deals and convenience while they’re enjoying their visit to The Big Apple. Read more on MarketWired