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Record breaker: Netflix has overtaken DVRs in popularity for the very first time
At this point it should come as a surprise to nobody that streaming services such as Netflix are fast overtaking traditional linear broadcasting as a means for people to enjoy television, and now Netflix...
Silicon Valley VCs are growing wary of on-demand delivery
(Reuters) - Michael Moritz - chairman of Sequoia Capital and one of the most successful venture capitalists in history - says a simple vision led him to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in on-demand...
Spotify plans more on-demand listening for free users
If you've signed up for Spotify but don't have the spare cash for a premium subscription, good news: the Verge reports that a new feature called Jump In is in testing, intended to give non-paying users...
On-demand business models have put some startups on life support
[...] it had its roots firmly planted in the “on-demand economy” — a business model popularized by Uber that was the hot new category in Silicon Valley. “It was not good; we probably had around four to...
Booze delivery start-up Thirstie looks to mail-order amid on-demand competition
Thirstie's move marks a departure from the trend, as on-demand start-ups try to compete with a growing field of rivals by filling more and more orders at a faster pace. As location-tracking mobile phones...
Postmates, Shopify partner for on-demand deliveries
Postmates couriers will provide same-day delivery of items sold by retailers who use Shopify’s e-commerce software, under a deal between the two companies announced Tuesday. Postmates charges $3.99 for...
With $25.5M in new funding, Trov launches on-demand insurance for individual items
Insurance isn’t necessarily an inviting word, especially for millennials. Not only do young people have less items to insure, but the process of getting insurance for those items is entirely...
All on-demand models are not created equally
The end of on-demand is nigh. The media cover down rounds and startups winding down on a weekly basis, and, as funding stops, it seems as if every “Uber for X” is doomed to fail. However,...
Munchery launches $8.95 per month membership plan
A new trend in the on-demand food and delivery market seems to be monthly membership programs. Munchery, the on-demand food startup that delivers pre-made meals and ready-to-cook meals, is launching...
Slice Labs raises $3.9M to insure on-demand workers when they’re on the job
Tim Attia, co-founder and CEO of Slice Labs, said there’s “a ticking time bomb” threatening the on-demand economy — namely, insurance and liability. Attia’s tackling...
How New York Envy Drives On-Demand Startups in Silicon Valley
NEWS ANALYSIS: San Francisco is the epicenter of the on-demand startups movement, but what's new in Fog City is old hat in the Big Apple. If the universe of on-demand startups spawning in San Francisco...
Is the on-demand economy dying? - CNET
On-demand startups are facing hard times, begging the question: Is the push-button economy going to collapse? Gail Mooney/Corbis I'm not going to say that SpoonRocket's food deserved to win any awards,...
Technology is disrupting everything
I spent a good part of my day yesterday attending the On-demand Economy conference at MIT. It was an interesting if somewhat academic look at the changes facing us as individuals, organizations and...
SpoonRocket shuts down amongst on-demand apocalypse
SpoonRocket has just informed its investors it’s shutting down its on-demand pre-made meal delivery service, after failing to raise the necessary capital to go on, according to a source familiar...
India’s Ola shutters its on-demand food and grocery ordering services
Ola, the homegrown company rivaling Uber in India, has closed its food and grocery ordering services less than one year after launching them. Ola Cafe and Ola Store were Ola’s first non-transportation...
SXSW goes apeshit for on-demand startups
It’s a tough world out there for on-demand startups — confusion around the W2 vs. 1099 conversation, tough margins, and customer service are but a few of the initial obstacles for these...
On-demand massage startup Soothe raises $35 million
Soothe, the on-demand massage service, just closed a $35 million Series B round from its pre-existing investors. This brings its total funding to $47.7 million. This puts Soothe even further ahead...
The future of on-demand: Where Are We Going, and are we getting a Lyft?
If the on-demand economy was a young pup in the late 2000s, then it has since evolved into a much more sophisticated animal: strong, resilient and capable of adapting to its environment. This movement...
Here’s What It’s Like To Set Up An On-Demand Geofilter On Snapchat
Yesterday Snapchat opened up a new revenue stream in the form of on-demand geofilters. The new on-demand geofilters let anyone pay Snapchat to create and distribute a custom filter in a specific...
Exclusive: Amazon expanding deliveries by its 'on-demand' drivers
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is quietly inviting drivers for its new "on-demand" delivery service to handle its standard packages, as the online retailer known for low prices and razor-thin...
Bullish: A New Era
After a short hiatus, Bullish has returned. The talk show is exactly how you remember it, except with a new host (that’s me, MRD!) and way better music. Sorry I’m not sorry, Alex! Anyway, this...
Health Care Tech Companies See Rise in Funding
According to Accenture’s research, one of the main forces driving interest and investment in on-demand health care is technology maturation. Funding for on-demand health care companies—those providing...
Gett Adds £6 Couriers To Its On-Demand Cab Service In London
As Uber continues to reap ever more funding to expand its on-demand transportation app into more categories and countries, one of its smaller, regional cab-hailing rivals is quietly expanding into...
Deliverd Offers Another Take On The On-Demand Food Delivery Idea
Deliverd, founded by Paul Rawlings and James Grant, is another U.K. startup entering the on-demand food delivery space. However, the burgeoning company, which sees its formal launch today, offers...
India’s Jugnoo Closes $5.5M Series B For Its Auto-Rickshaw On-Demand Service
Uber may have pulled its project to work with auto-rickshaws in India, but that isn’t stopping startup Jugnoo from zooming ahead with its plans to turn the iconic and budget transportation...
More Money For India’s On-Demand Economy: Swiggy Raises $35M For Food Delivery
India has a big appetite for on-demand startups at the moment, and today one of the hopefuls in the food category has raised some money to supersize its business. Swiggy, a restaurant delivery startup...
What happens when Uber and Airbnb 'hit the fan'? - CNET
Enlarge Image"Wouldn't it be cool if there was policy that was bipartisan and was framed around a notion of social responsibility?"says Sen. Mark Warner. Pete Marovich/Corbis A US senator wants the government...
Real Solutions For On-Demand Worker Classification
This past year will be remembered as the year of the on-demand economy. For many people, especially those outside of Silicon Valley, it seemed to come out of nowhere. On the consumer side, this was...
Uber And Beyond: 12 Transportation On-Demand Services In Asia
Go Jek (Indonesia) Indonesia’s Go Jek is tipped to become the next big thing in transportation and logistics in Southeast Asia. The company offers motorbike taxis on-demand, covering both rides across...
The tipping point for the cloud
We are in the year of the sheep, according to the Chinese Zodiac, which should herald 12 months of promise and prosperity. In technology terms, 2015 could be viewed as the year of the cloud. After all,...
DoorDash Partners With b8ta For On-Demand Tech Gadget Delivery
DoorDash, known for its on-demand food delivery service, has partnered with newly-launched retail store b8ta. b8ta, founded by four former Nest alums, opened earlier this month in Palo Alto to sell...
Online Grocer RedMart Moves Into On-Demand Services In Singapore
RedMart, the online grocery company in Singapore that’s raised over $50 million to date, officially stepped into a new area of business today after it launched an on-demand platform. Read More...
7 On-Demand Delivery Startups In London
We count 7 on-demand delivery startups currently battling it out in London (although there are doubtless more) as entrepreneurs and VCs make big bets on smartphone-driven convenience and the promise...
The Real Reason On-Demand Startups Are Reclassifying Workers
Over the past several months, a handful of on-demand startups reclassified their independent contractors as employees. Others have publicly acknowledged they’re considering the same move, and...
Korean On-Demand Cleaning Startup WaHome Scores $1M In Seed Funding
WaHome, a Seoul-based on-demand home cleaning service, has landed $1 million in seed funding, which it will use to hire more engineers, build features for its Android and iOS apps, and launch in...
Stuart, The Same-Hour Delivery Startup From Sparrow And Resto-In Founders, Raises €22M Pre-Launch
If you weren’t convinced the on-demand delivery space was piping hot right now, wrap your head around this. TechCrunch has learned that Stuart, an on-demand, same-hour delivery startup that...
Singaporean On-Demand Grocery Startup Honestbee Gets $15M To Expand To Six New Asian Countries
Honestbee just raised $15 million for its on-demand grocery delivery service, but it has loftier aspirations. Head of marketing Shane Chiang says the Singapore-based company launched as a “social...
Nokia 6, Moto E4 and more get big discounts through Amazon Prime
Amazon's in-house smartphones could've been better, but that's not stopping the online retail giant from selling discounted handsets as a way to promote its premium Prime service.Amazon Prime members...
Darden CEO: 'Believe it or not, millennials still want to come to restaurants'
Darden Restaurants isn't afraid of tech giant Amazon. The restaurant company — which owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, among other brands — doesn't think that Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods...
Amazon's new Echo has a really creepy feature
Amazon's new Echo Show, which begins shipping to customers this week, has a really creepy feature. It's called "drop in" and lets pre-approved users suddenly appear on your Amazon Echo for two-way video...
The best smart home devices for 2017
The best smart home devices are dramatically bringing your dumb household into the future, letting you control everything from the front door lock to the bedroom lights with a phone, tablet or even a...
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