Delivery From Inconvenience

One-Hour Grocery App Instacart Finally Available To Manhattanites Below 110th Street

You might never have to come here in person again! (Wikimedia Commons)

Last month, we salivated over Instacart, the app that lets you order food from select New York grocery stores and have a personal shopper collect it and deliver it in as small a time frame as a single hour.

Today, Instacart shared good news: it’s finally delivering to Manhattanites below 110th Street. When Instacart first launched in New York, the service was only available below 34th Street, excluding the Financial District. Now a bigger percentage of Manhattan can experience the joys of having a friendly personal shopper bring a bag of fancy Whole Foods trail mix directly to your workplace to curb your 3 p.m. hunger attack. Read More

Startup Food Chain

After $2.67B GrubHub IPO, VCs Are Hungry For Food Delivery Apps

(photo via Lucius Kwok))

Since GrubHub Seamless went public with a valuation of $2.67 billion, venture capitalists are racing to find the next hit food delivery app for their portfolios.

According to the report on the CB Insights blog, investments in food tech in the first quarter of 2014 (Q1) were the highest they’ve been in five years. Over $200 million went to food and grocery apps during those three months, which was the biggest VC investing boom in over a decade.

Most of these are small, local apps that focus on a particular set of stores and services, whereas GrubHub and Seamless are nationwide giants with a combined 25 years under their belts. The two companies merged last year, and served over three million customers nationwide in 2013 alone. Read More

Delivery From Inconvenience

This New App Brings The Hair Salon To Your House For $50

Sometime last week, one of my much-more-fashionable-than-me coworkers told me there was a new beauty app causing a stir at Fashion Week. 

The app was GLAMSQUAD, a service that lets you order professional hair stylists to your home to perform blowouts, updos and cool braids that you could never possibly do by yourself — or without trekking through an Arctic wasteland to your nearest blow-dry bar.  Read More