History Lessons

Dot-Com Cautionary Tale Kozmo.com Is Back, Baby (Kinda?)


The tech biz is so bubbly right now, some days you can’t help but look at Techmeme and think, “Gee, I wonder if the Web 1.0 guys ever think about giving it another shot?”

Guess so. Via @dankois, behold Kozmo.com, which claims to be in the process of a relaunch. You know, the online delivery business and notorious 90s flameout, which was just one sock puppet short of being the cultural synecdoche for the entire damn turn-of-the-century Internet bubble. Read More

Hello Again Old Friend

Kozmo Is Dead, Long Live Instacart: A Y Combinator-Backed App for One-Hour Delivery

(Photo: Instacart)

Of all the ghosts of tech bubbles past, none looms as large in our memory as the ultimate flameout classic, Kozmo.com, which offered one-hour free delivery of any item on its site.

Oh, foolish Kozmo, how we loved you. Let us count the ways. One for the ability to order a pack of cigarettes, VCR, or a lobster dinner, all from the same place. Two for your strong-calved bike messengers, pumping up and down Broadway. Three for permanently gifting us with VHS tapes of “Magnolia” and “Edward Scissorhands,” forever housed in our parent’s bookshelf, after you went under. Shitty business model, glorious service.

So we’re particularly pleased to see that someone is resurrecting the concept, albeit with a little less boomtime hubris and much better planning skills. Read More