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Roadie App is making a stop at WaffleHouse, since they’re partners now!

Roadie App is making a stop at WaffleHouse, since they're partners now!

“There’s some­body leav­ing every­where going every­where all the time,” says avid entre­pre­neur Marc Gor­lin. “There’s this mas­sive heat map that’s hid­den under our feet that Road­ie is going to reveal.” Road­ie is a com­pa­ny that just closed on $10 mil­lion in Series A financ­ing, which includ­ed funds from UPS’s Strate­gic Enter­prise Fund, the ship­ping company’s invest­ment arm. The com­pa­ny is look­ing to cause an upheaval of the $90 bil­lion U.S. ship­ping indus­try via the Road­ie App. The plan is to uti­lize dri­vers going in a par­tic­u­lar direc­tion to pick up pack­ages and deliv­er them along their pre-exist­ing path or route for a small fee. To make this even cool­er, Road­ie has part­nered with Waf­fle House restau­rants. They plan on start­ing this in 1,750 loca­tions across 25 states and will be the first of sev­er­al offi­cial “Road­ie Road­hous­es,” or meet-up spots, where dri­vers and senders can con­nect to unload a ship­ment. Marc Gor­lin who had co-found­ed Kab­bage, a tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny says it’s more than a deliv­ery ser­vice, but a com­mu­ni­ty of helpers. The idea was pitched to Waf­fle House CEO Walt Ehmer at a night­time, glow-in-the-dark golf tour­na­ment, which he respond­ed rather well to. Pat Warn­er, Waf­fle House’s VP of Cul­ture, says the deal with Road­ie made…

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Want the best seats in the house, then get on that SeatGeek tip!

Want the best seats in the house, then get on that SeatGeek tip!

Russ D’Souza and Jack Groet­zinger left easy-breezy jobs doing man­age­ment con­sult­ing back in 2008. They’d known each oth­er since 2003, both attend­ing Dart­mouth Col­lege and run­ning a fur­ni­ture rental busi­ness togeth­er. Meet­ing dai­ly in a Boston cof­fee shop and com­mit­ting to get a start­up plan ini­ti­at­ed. They saw that Microsoft had bought a small air­line tick­et fore­cast­ing web­site for $115 mil­lion dol­lars and they said “We could do that, but for sports”. Thus the fast grow­ing ecom­merce start­up Seat­Geek was born. Seat­Geek con­sol­i­dates tick­ets for Broad­way shows, con­certs, and sport­ing events from pro­fes­sion­al bro­kers, scalpers, and fans. Their site made $155 mil­lion in tick­et sales last year. In a $5 bil­lion-plus sec­ondary tick­et mar­ket, that’s noth­ing, but they are tripling their total trans­ac­tion val­ue and dou­bling the annu­al rev­enue. They only charge an 8% com­mis­sion on sales from their enlist­ed sec­ondary tick­et providers. So SeatGeek’s “Deal Score” algo­rithm and inter­ac­tive sta­di­um seat­ing charts, let­ting their cus­tomers know whether they are actu­al­ly get­ting a deal or not, where­as oth­er sim­i­lar com­pa­nies keep it vague. They wouldn’t have been able to grow quite as fast either if it wasn’t for their immer­sion into the mobile shop­ping explo­sion. This got them the atten­tion…

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Luxe Valet to revolutionize and eradicate that feeling you get when you can’t find a parking spot.

Luxe to revolutionize and eradicate that feeling you get when you can’t find a parking spot.

Hey guess what, a com­pa­ny that goes by the name of Luxe Valet just pub­licly launched its ser­vice today. Luxe is a new ser­vice that sends valets to park for you, wher­ev­er you are — it’s fast, afford­able and con­ve­nient. So here is their strat­e­gy: Drop Off Any­where — Tell them where you’re going and one of their expe­ri­enced valets will be there to park your car. Door-to-door and more — Their trained valets will not only park your car in one of their secure lots, they’ll also wash and fuel it. Just ask. They’ll Return Any­where — When you’re ready to leave, tell them where you want your car returned and they’ll deliv­er it any­where in San Fran­cis­co! All that’s rec­om­mend­ed is that you request 15 min­utes in advance. An Aver­age Hourly Rate Of $5 For A Mod­ern Con­ve­nience. With a max of $15 per day, you get valet park­ing ser­vice at street park­ing prices. $1M Luxe Insur­ance Pro­tec­tion Plan and they puts its valets through rig­or­ous screen­ing and train­ing. With a vet­er­an team of prod­uct, engi­neer­ing, and oper­a­tions lead­ers from Tes­la, Google, Zyn­ga, Yahoo! and Groupon, a fleet of pre­screened, friend­ly valets, dozens of insured, secure park­ing lots,…

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What is it worth to NOT visit the doctor’s office? Sense.ly is changing the medical technology.

What is it worth to NOT visit the doctor’s office? Sense.ly is changing the medicine.

“Sense.ly’s tech­nol­o­gy has appli­ca­tions across a broad spec­trum of med­ical con­di­tions and rep­re­sents an excit­ing new tool in our efforts to address the grow­ing bur­den of chron­ic dis­eases,” Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco’s Dr. Van Sel­by said in a state­ment. Par­a­digm change — this is some­thing I was com­plete­ly unaware of and it’s about Oba­macare. This quote from a recent Ven­ture Beat arti­cle makes it pret­ty clear. “In a sense, doc­tors will no longer be paid for the patients they see; they’ll be paid for patients they don’t see”. Med­ical providers will be giv­en a fixed amount for tak­ing care of a giv­en patient pop­u­la­tion. So if you don’t have to spend mon­ey to see a patient in per­son while main­tain­ing high med­ical stan­dards means you as the doc­tor becomes more prof­itable and can actu­al­ly make more mon­ey. It would mean they want patients to main­tain the high­est pos­si­ble health at all times. Keep­ing patients as far away from ER vis­its or hos­pi­tal re-admis­­sions would be the wis­est and most cost effi­cient pol­i­cy for doc­tors. Sense.ly, a San Fran­­cis­­co-based start­up that has now raised a new $1.25 mil­lion in ven­ture fund­ing to address var­i­ous aspects of patient well­ness and engage­ment. This is a young and upcom­ing…

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GetTaxi launches in New York to take the nightmare out of hiring a cab

Prod­uct man­agers work­ing in New York will know a thing or two about the impos­si­bil­i­ty of hail­ing cabs at peak times. But thanks to Fifth Avenue’s new res­i­dent, Get­Taxi, that could all be about to change. The start­up was found­ed in Tel Aviv in 2011, but its cab hail­ing app is now being used by over a mil­lion peo­ple in 20 coun­tries, includ­ing Lon­don and Moscow. And now it’s open­ing offices in New York. But the per­spic­u­ous prod­uct man­ag­er will be ask­ing, what makes Get­Taxi stand out from the crowd? No nasty sur­pris­es  The startup’s app is avail­able on Black­ber­ry, iOS and Android devices and it hooks up with a GPS sys­tem to let users order a cab from their smart­phones and track its loca­tion and ETA. But it dif­fers from the com­pe­ti­tion by part­ner­ing with black cars(which it calls G‑cars) to cre­ate a fair pric­ing and pay­ment reg­i­men – there’ll be no surge pric­ing as with its com­peti­tor Uber, no nasty sur­pris­es for being stuck in traf­fic, just a flat fare between neigh­bor­hoods. Hav­ing recent­ly secured $12 mil­lion in Series C fund­ing led by Kre­os Cap­i­tal, the start­up has so far accu­mu­lat­ed a total of $42 mil­lion in invest­ment.…

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