Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I-Team: New Law For Uber, Lyft Drivers Backfiring?

I-Team: New Law For Uber, Lyft Drivers Backfiring?

A new Massachusetts law requires anyone who wants to drive for Uber or Lyft to pass a criminal background check. But some believe the state is disqualifying many drivers who should still be allowed on the road.

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Erik Scott of Peabody is one of those drivers. He started with Uber to give him the flexibility he needed to care for his wife who has multiple sclerosis. It allows him the opportunity to earn a living without being away from her for too many hours at a time.
Scott tells us he spent 25 years in the financial industry and had no problem passing Uber’s background check last year. He assumed he would breeze through the new Massachusetts background checks as well. “My record is clean,” Scott told us.

But the Department of Public Utilities, the state agency that runs the background checks saw it differently, disqualifying Erik in an email citing his history of driving offenses and a violent crime that was later dismissed. “I’m not a convicted felon. I can vote. I can work. I have no charges pending against me,” he said. “I’m shocked.”
The 47-year-old shared his criminal history with the I-Team. In 1994 a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon was continued without a finding and dismissed five months later. Two driving offenses from 2001 were also continued without a finding and later dismissed.

Attorney Jim Cipoletta told the I-Team this is not what the legislature intended. “It’s not fair,” he said. “One is that it was continued without a finding which is not a conviction and secondly a 22-year-old case should be far beyond the look back period,” he added.
Sources tell the I-Team Erik is not alone and that a significant number of drivers are getting caught up in the difference between what the law requires and what the Department of Public Utilities decided were disqualifying conditions.

State Representative Aaron Michelwitz helped to craft the legislation and he told us lawmakers may need to take another look. “If people are getting knocked out and shouldn’t be, we would go back and prevent those actions,” he said.
The Massachusetts law requires a check of the sex offender registry, a review of driver’s license records and a seven year look back on criminal records of conviction. The Department of Public Utilities increased that to include cases that were continued without a finding, whether they were ultimately dismissed or not. They also made the look back period unlimited on serious charges.

“As well intended as DPU might be, their actions do not comply with the statute,” said Cipoletta.
Erik Scott is hoping the Department of Public Utilities will now clear this issue up and let him get back out on the road.
“I don’t want someone with a violent crime driving me and my wife out to dinner, but if it’s dismissed, he should be able to make a living,” he said.
The Department of Public Utilities refused our repeated requests for an on camera interview and refused to provide the WBZ with the number of drivers who are failing the background checks. Uber tells us they are aware of the problem.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

This Handy ‘Wine Condom’ Will Save Your Unfinished Bottle Of Vino

This Handy ‘Wine Condom’ Will Save Your Unfinished Bottle Of Vino
Given the stress of the current politicalclimate, we can’t blame you if you unwindwith a glass of wine at the end of the day. 
But in the event that you don’t finish off that bottle of red, “wine condoms” are here to save the day. 

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Nobody likes old, stale wine. Wine condoms roll over the rim of the bottle to preserve and protect your pour. The rubber devices even come in gold foil packets, giving you the full condom effect.

Wine condoms first took the world of fermented grapes by storm back in 2014, when their inventors launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project. Having reached the funding goal, wine condoms are now available to the general public. You can get a pack of six for $10 on Amazon and the wine condoms website, though they’re momentarily sold out due to high demand. 

Keep an eye out for restocking, though: Aside from making hilarious gag gifts, wine condoms have actually earned rave reviews for their efficacy. They’re far simpler than re-corking your unfinished bottle, which can leave floating chunks of cork behind. Wine bottle stoppers are also effective, but sometimes toolarge and ornate to fit back in your fridge. 

Nevertheless, the true enemy of most fresh-tasting wine is air. Air is necessary for a great-tasting pour, of course ― that’s why you’re supposed to let wine “breathe” ― but after long-term exposure to air, wine will begin to go bad. Wine condoms and stoppers do little to prevent this process. While they do keep new air out, they also seal in the air that rushed into your bottle the second you uncorked it. If you’re looking for a more serious fix, Wired insists that a $9 spraycan of inert gasses will do the trick. Spray the gasses into your wine bottle and then seal it shut with a bottle stopper or wine condom to keep your wine fresh. 

Intrigued by this rubber godsend? Luckily, creator Mitchell Strahan has stated on his website that wine condoms will be back in stock by this holiday season. We simply can’t imagine a better stocking stuffer.


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10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea

10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea

10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea
10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet.

It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.

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This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits.

Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.

1. Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health
Green tea is more than just green liquid.

Many of the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves do make it into the final drink, which contains large amounts of important nutrients.

It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants 

These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.

One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant EpigallocatechinGallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties.

Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for health.
Try to choose a higher quality brand of green tea, because some of the lower quality brands can contain excessive levels of fluoride.
That being said, even if you choose a lower quality brand, the benefits still far outweigh any risk.

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Five Things to Do on Valentine’s Day If You Love Yourself Best of All

Five Things to Do on Valentine’s Day If You Love Yourself Best of All

Of all our manufactured holidays, Valentine's Day is the most insidious for pushing the importance of monogamous relationships and making single people everywhere feel less than. Bullshit — you are enough and, frankly, you could probably spend more time showing you how much you mean to you. So while all of the paired-off squares are gorging themselves on chocolate and then having missionary sex, here are five ways to spend the day with the person who truly means the most.

Five Things to Do on Valentine’s Day If You Love Yourself Best of All
Five Things to Do on Valentine’s Day If You Love Yourself Best of All


Revel in other people's failed romantic exploits. 

At 7 p.m. on Valentine's Day, a variety of attractive misanthropes will descend upon the Museum of Broken Relationships on Hollywood Boulevard to ogle artifacts that were left behind when people's relationships hit the skids. Unfortunately, that event — an Anti–Valentine's Day Party, complete with DJ, food trucks and a cash bar — is sold out. But, screw it. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., as it usually is on Tuesdays, so go during regular business hours and enjoy some alone time rather than worrying about being flirted with while you're just trying to read the story behind a vial of a stranger's pubic hair. Museum of Broken Relationships, 6751 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; $18. 

Laugh like no one is watching. They aren't because you're alone. And that's fine.
Every night is a good night to see comedy in L.A., and Valentine's Day is obviously no exception. I mean, what could be funnier than the thought of a large chunk of L.A.'s population trying to figure out how anyone can consume the amount of fruit in an Edible Arrangement? Some suggestions: IlizaShlesinger (who, by the way, just goes by Iliza now) is performing at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre; NYC-based up-and-comer Liza Treyger tells jokes at NerdMelt; and, if watching another couple's bliss isn't too much for you, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher's weekly comedy showcase PutYour Hands Together takes the stage at UCB Franklin.

Go see a movie. And weep because it's fun.

Having a good, shameless cry is the ultimate act of self-love. Bonus: If you're alone, you don't have to worry about comforting a friend/lover or anyone catching you licking the snot off your upper lip. Cinespia's hosting a screening of Nicholas Sparks' cheesy tearjerker The Notebook at the Los Angeles Theatre downtown. The dress code is dressy, but the lesson is stripped down: Yeah, love can be great, but then someone gets Alzheimer's and the party's over. Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, downtown; Tue., Feb. 14, 7 p.m., movie at 9 p.m.; $33.

Give Cupid what for in person.

For a legendary archer, that fat little jerky angel boy Cupid isn't the most accurate shot. A slightly more svelte version of the Valentine's Day icon is on display at the Getty. It's Edme Bouchardon's marble sculpture Cupid Carving a Bow From Hercules's Club, and it was carved in France in the 18th century. There's a story there, too, according to the Getty: "The celebrated sculptor and draftsman created some of the best-known images of the Louis XV age. One standout is Cupid Carving a Bow From Hercules’s Club, a major royal commission so controversial in style at the time that it was placed in a small château used as a retreat by Louis XV and his mistress Madame de Pompadour to enjoy." See, even art has relationship drama. Not you. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Westwood; free. 

Go for a spin — solo style. 

If you were fortunate enough to grow up near a roller rink, you surely remember that the couple skate was the lamest part of a Saturday afternoon blacklight-lit birthday party. Don't let some chump hold you back or, God forbid, drag you down. Hit up Tuesday's Rolling Hearts Pop-Up Roller Rink & Disco at Union, where DJs spin a classic roll-bounce soundtrack. Eight wheels, two skates, one you — heaven. Union Nightclub, 4067 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City; $15-$20

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C

Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C

Starting today, residents and businesses in Redwood City, Calif., and Washington, D.C., can get food delivered right to their doors — via robot.

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Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C
Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C

Starship Technologies, an Estonia-based startup created by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, will put its autonomous ground-delivery robots to work delivering food with Postmates in Washington, D.C., and DoorDash in Redwood City, Calif.
The six-wheeled robots are a little under two feet tall, weigh about 40 pounds empty and travel four miles per hour — walking speed. The idea is that one day soon these autonomous rovers will share sidewalk space with pedestrians on their own, but for now they’ll be accompaniedby handlers — people walking alongside each robot as it makes its deliveries. The handlers will take notes on how well Starship’s robots perform and intervene if something goes wrong.
Each rover works like a delivery person: It goes to the restaurant to get loaded up (with its handler in tow), delivers to the address and then goes to the next restaurant to do it again. Neither Postmates nor DoorDash will charge extra for the robot experience. And Postmates lets customers opt out if robotic delivery isn’t their bag; DoorDash doesn’t give an option. The robots are expected to make around 10 deliveries a day.
Starship announced it received$17.2 million in seed funding last week, backed by Daimler AG, Shasta Ventures, Matrix Partners and others. Its robots have made deliveries in more than 40 cities in Europe and work with Just Eat and Pronto in London, where they have been delivering food sincelast summer.
Last year, Dispatch, another robot-delivery startup, secured$2 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and has completed pilot programs at two universities in California.
If the concept ever comes full swing, robot delivery may make sense for startups that are trying to offer on-demand delivery, a business model that sounds good in theory but has provenincredibly difficult to execute.
A handful of well-funded on-demand service startups have gone under recently. Sidecar (an Uber competitor), Spoonrocket (meal delivery) and Homejoy (house cleaning) all closed shop, citing a hard time raising money, problems with unsustainable pricing or difficulty retaining workers.
For now, Starship’s robots will make one delivery at a time and will only operate during the day.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Consumers lash out at Uber and turn to Lyft after Uber’s immigration response

Consumers lash out at Uber and turn to Lyft after Uber’s immigration response

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Uber Technologies Inc. was in critics’ crosshairs while Lyft Inc. was winning support after the companies’ very different responses to President Donald Trump’s immigration order.

Consumers lash out at Uber and turn to Lyft after Uber’s immigration response
Consumers lash out at Uber and turn to Lyft after Uber’s immigration response

The backlash came as New York taxi drivers went on strike Saturday and joined a protest at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport against Trump’s order blocking entry to the U.S. by immigrants from select largely Muslim countries, while a tweet from Uber indicated the company had suspended surge pricing, causing some to view the company as seeking to undermine the strike.

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Lyft largely stayed out of Saturday’s confrontation but sent an email to users Sunday saying that the company would be donating $1 million over the next four years to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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President Trump signed an executive order Friday that banned the entry of immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely. A federal judge stayed the order Saturday, which temporarily stopped the deportation of refugees and other immigrants detained at U.S. airports.

BREAKING: NYTWA drivers call for one hour work stoppage @ JFK airport today 6 PM to 7 PM to protest #muslimban! #nobannowall
— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) January 28, 2017

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, with a membership of 19,000 people, had calledon all drivers, including those with Uber and Lyft, not to pick up passengers from JFK and to instead join the protest. The group said its membership is largely Muslim and made up of immigrants, and that it was “in defense of the oppressed,” as well as its own drivers, that it was speaking out against the ban. During that time, Uber issued a tweet promoting its service.
Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.

— Uber NYC (@Uber_NYC) January 29, 2017
Uber later apologized for the tweet.
Uber Sees Third Quarter Loss of $800 Million

Despite growing sales, Uber Technologies lost at least $800 million in the third quarter, on top of losses earlier this year. WSJ's Lee Hawkins explains. 

“We’re sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet—it was not meant to break up any strike. We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially tonight,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement to MarketWatch.

Still, consumers were not pleased, and many turned toward Lyft, which had issued a statement against the ban as well as promising the donation.
“We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community,” John Zimmer and Logan Green, Lyft’s co-founders, wrote in the email.

I will proudly be travelling via @lyft over the next 4 years and beyond. @Uber app officially deleted. #NoBanNoWall pic.twitter.com/ufiThcZA3e
— Michael Ausiello (@MichaelAusiello) January 29, 2017
.@Uber's CEO supports Trump, and @lyft vows to donate $1M over the next four years to @ACLU. #DeleteUber #DownloadLyft #MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/MTaYTMUYwv

— Mike Lynch (@MikeLynch09) January 29, 2017
Uber CEO supports Trump.

Uber undercuts boycott against the #MuslimBan.
Time to #DeleteUber. pic.twitter.com/d1zVPLv5zS

— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) January 29, 2017
Deleted @Uber & installed @lyft

Also going to write both & tell them why: one's fighting hate, the other's "working w/it." #deleteuber https://twitter.com/Postmatesfood

— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) January 29,2017

Lyft and Uber are rivals in the ride-hailing space, but Uber has a higher valuation, at $68 billion, and more funding, compared with Lyft, which has a valuation of $5.5 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In ablog post on Saturday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said his company was reaching out to drivers who would be affected and that he would bring up the policy’s implications on “innocent” people when he meets with Trump during the next White House business advisory group gathering. Kalanick is a member of a that group along with Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, and Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM, among others.

Uber said it has begun reaching out to drivers affected by the ban, including drivers who are residents but not citizens and are currently outside the country. The company said it would work to “compensate them pro bono” for the missed wages with Uber.

Kalanick’s decision to join the White House council was recently met with protests at the Uber headquarters in San Francisco, according to several news outlets. Musk’s participation wasalso criticized. Kalanick explained in the blog post that he chose to be part of the council because he believes the company can be more effective by partnering with and speaking up to governments.
“Whatever your view please know that I’ve always believed in principled confrontation and just change; and have never shied away (maybe to my detriment) from fighting for what’s right,” Kalanick wrote.

Uber CEO Leaves Economic Advisory Council

Uber CEO Leaves Economic Advisory Council

Following some serious user backlash, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he will step down from his position on President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council.

In a memo to Uber staff cited by The Wall Street Journal, Kalanick reportedly wrote that his participation in Trump’s economic advisory council had been misunderstood as an endorsement. During the election, Kalanick was a vocal Trump opponent.

Uber CEO Leaves Economic Advisory Council

“Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda, but unfortunately, it has been misinterpreted as exactly that,” Kalanick reportedly wrote. “Earlier today, I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community.”

Uber’s continued activity during a one-hour work stoppage protest by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance at John F. Kennedy International Airport last Saturday also drew ire from users, sparking a social media campaign to delete the ridesharing company’s mobile app. While the exact effect on Uber has yet to be measured, data mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower reportedly showed that competitor Lyft saw its download ranking on iOS rise to number four this past weekend, up from number 39 the prior weekend.

Back in December, then-President-Elect Donald Trump met with Kalanick and Elon Musk, the head of Tesla. Both CEOs were to meet often with Trump and provide their advice and expertise to Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. Executives from Apple, Facebook, Google and other tech companies were at the time expected to be present at the meeting.

Both Musk and Kalanick had been critical of Trump leading up to his victory. During the election, there was a contentious push-and-pull between Trump and Silicon Valley. The majority of tech leaders have been at odds with Trump since the beginning, against his free trade-limiting and anti-immigration stances.

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Postmates: Weekly Schedules A Thing of the Past

Postmates: Weekly Schedules A Thing of the Past

Previously we told you about some of the shakeups and controversy happening over at deliver-anything-to-your-doorstep ‘Postmates’, andtheir couriers, which many of us here in East Nashville have learnedto rely on religiously, to snag anything from groceries, to dinner, to some emergencyPlan B for the morning after, or even a bongdelivered to East Nashville. After publishing some of their ‘behind the scenes’ tips we had from local couriers and remote customer service reps that work here in Nashville, we recently received a new tip – Couriers will soon be working without schedules!

Postmates: Weekly Schedules A Thing of the Past
Postmates: Weekly Schedules A Thing of the Past

As a bit of history, the remote customer service callers (that attempt to call in your food orders to the merchant) hadtheir schedules removed back in November – now those employees contractors may log on/off as they please for 1 minute or 10 hours, it doesn’t matter – they are paid per call they claim/complete, so the hope by Postmates was that the employees 1099-Independent Contractors would log themselves off if the calls were slow, and jump on to make more money if the system was busier than usual. Of course, this all stemmed from a lawsuit, which is still pending, that is creating havoc on the employee vs. 1099 relationship that everyone outside of the corporate office has with Postmates (and similarly, Uber & Lyft). The removal of the schedule as well as some strongly worded footer text on all communications reminds workers that they are not employees, do not have schedules, and can work anytime they want. So it was only to be a matter of time before this no-schedule culture spread to the couriers, as well.

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Postmates To Deliver Alcohol In San Francisco, LA In Minutes

Postmates To Deliver Alcohol In San Francisco, LA In Minutes

As if there needs to be another reason not to ever leave your house or apartment, food delivery startup Postmates is getting into the business of alcohol delivery.

Postmates To Deliver Alcohol In San Francisco, LA In Minutes
Postmates To Deliver Alcohol In San Francisco, LA In Minutes

According to a blog post, the startup said it is getting into the wine, beer and spirits delivery business because it’s a “well-known fact that people drink more than they eat. And it’s even more known that few things go well with everything, in the way that alcohol does.” Boasting 2 million orders delivered per month via Postmates, the startup said customers in San Francisco and Los Angeles can now order from a collection of beer, wine and spirits from local liquor stores in both cities. The best part: The alcohol will be delivered to customers in both cities within minutes.

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“This is the first of many new on-demand shopping experiences to come. We’ve always prided ourselves on the choice that we give our customers. There is no need to use multiple apps, when everything you need is available on Postmates. Our goal is to continue delivering on that promise, while lowering delivery fees,” Postmates said in the post. Unlimited subscribers to Postmates will get free delivery on all beverage orders, and non-subscribers will get free delivery on all orders over $30. Postmates said the service will come to other markets soon.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Postmates Secures $141 Million in a ‘Super, Super Difficult’ Fundraising Effort

Postmates Secures $141 Million in a ‘Super, Super Difficult’ Fundraising Effort

Postmates Secures $141 Million in a ‘Super, Super Difficult’ Fundraising Effort
Postmates Secures $141 Million in a ‘Super, Super Difficult’ Fundraising Effort

The food delivery startup sold shares at the same price as its funding round last year.
Bastian Lehmann spent most of this year becoming acquainted with the feeling of rejection. The co-founder and chief executive officer of Postmates Inc. was trying to pitch a food delivery business to investors, just as venture capitalists were tightening their belts and cash-burning delivery startups were falling out of favor globally. "It was a super, super difficult fundraise for us," said Lehmann.

Today, Lehmann is pleased to say his company finally has more money in the bank. Postmates raised $141 million in a financing round led by Founders Fund. The San Francisco VC firm, co-founded by billionaire Peter Thiel, was already an investor but agreed to step up its support and add partner Brian Singerman to the board of directors. Postmates sold shares at the same price as last year's round. The company said the additional cash gives it a valuation of about $600 million.

"Nobody ever promised me a billion-dollar valuation, so I feel good," Lehmann said at the San Francisco office of his five-year-old startup. "It kind of reflects where the market is right now. It is not as disappointing as some people try to draw the picture."

The private market does indeed have its challenges. The number of venture deals has been falling, and it's hitting non-unicorn companies with valuations below $1 billion, such as Postmates, especially hard. Postmates is in one of the most competitive and challenged spaces. Not only does its app compete with decades-old courier services and the restaurants themselves, it faces a bevy of other companies that have piled into the on-demand food delivery industry in recent years. Amazon.com Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., each with deep pockets, have been diving head first into the food business this year with global ambitions.

"Uber’s main mode is this Death Star thing," Lehmann said. "They’re using their balance sheet as a weapon very well, and I think it’s actually unprecedented."
Lehmann had briefly considered joining the dark side. Postmates hired Qatalyst Partners, a boutique investment bank, to help with fundraising this year and explore a possible sale, according to a person familiar with the matter. Preliminary discussions were held with potential acquirers, including Amazon and Uber, but no deal materialized, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks were private. Postmates, Amazon and Uber declined to comment.

Few entrepreneurs like to entertain the idea publicly, but Lehmann said Postmates would consider a merger: "We have a desire to build a large, big, successful company that does a lot of good for local economies. There are many ways to get there. If you draw the odds on how to get there the fastest, you have to entertain the thought that multiple companies or a few companies in this space could join forces," Lehmann said. "I believe that something like this will happen."

Time has already run out for some startups. In India, several food delivery companies have combined or gone under this year. In the U.S., SpoonRocket shut down in March and sold some assets to a Brazilian company. Square Inc. has tried unsuccessfully to sell its Caviar food delivery arm and retreated from a few markets, Bloomberg reported this month. Munchery, which cooks and delivers its own food, is said to be struggling to put together a fundraising round, has discussed selling shares at a discount to its previous round and is looking to replace its founding CEO. DoorDash, probably the closest competitor to Postmates, sold shares this year at a lower price than its prior funding round after initially seeking a $1 billion valuation. With the additional capital, the funding gave DoorDash a valuation of about $720 million.

"What you have here is a lot of super over-funded competition for a fundamentally big market that's a lot smaller than people think," said Max Wolff, chief economist at Manhattan Venture Partners, which specializes in private stock transactions. "Lots of people have decided that, through some pure ego, they can compete with entrenched players with logistical chops. These are guys playing chicken with a bulldozer on a bicycle."
Lehmann, a former marketer in Germany, had developed a reputation as an effective fundraiser. Before the current round, he'd brought in more than $130 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. His roster of investors includes about a half-dozen celebrities, including Kevin Durant and Jared Leto.

In April, Bloomberg reported that Postmates was looking to raise as much as $150 million. Over the ensuing months, details trickled out as the company shopped itselfaround town. The unusual length of the fundraising became a topic of cocktail conversation in Silicon Valley. Early this month, Quartz reported that Postmates was struggling to raise capital and proposed deal sweeteners to entice prospective investors. Postmates denies this.

The financing was driven largely by existing Postmates shareholders. Fontinalis Partners, a VC firm co-founded by Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford, is among the new investors. Postmates could still raise more. It authorized as much as $190 million in new shares, according to a securities document. Forbes reported on the filing last week.

Postmates operates in 44 markets today and plans to expand internationally next year, Lehmann said. The company didn't deliver on a pledge by Lehmann in December that the service would be available in London by the middle of this year. "I don’t think we’re going to be in London this year," he said. "I’m debating with myself still between going to London versus launching in some markets in South America."

Postmates rolled out an Amazon Prime-like membership option in March and said it's now completing more than 1.5 million deliveries a month. It has said it intends to be profitable, without tax-related expenses, by the end of next year. The company has about 370 employees, not including contract drivers. (The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Postmates this month saying the startup is prohibiting drivers in Chicago from discussing working terms and conditions.)

One financial metric Postmates is touting: It projects the total value of goods purchased through its system, including food, delivery and other fees, will be at least $1 billion in December on an annualized basis. Known as gross merchandise value run rate, the number is a favorite among many startups, perhaps because it only gives an opaque sense of a company's performance. Postmates declined to share other financials.

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Celebrate 60 Days of Summer!

Celebrate 60 Days of Summer!

Keep your cool with Postmates this summer!

Celebrate 60 Days of Summer!
Celebrate 60 Days of Summer!

It’s the longest day of the year, and we’re celebrating the extra hours of sunshine by kicking off 60 Days of Summer. Starting today through June 30, tag your order pics with #60DaysOfSummer for a chance to win 60 days of unlimited free delivery credit!*

Throwing a pool party? Let us deliver the ice cream and floaties. Relaxing at the beach and ran out of sunscreen? We’ll bring it. The possibilities are limitless (and delicious!), just make sure you snap a photo of the fun, tag it, and post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win.

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Ice Cream Election 2016: By the Numbers

Ice Cream Election 2016: By the Numbers

Last week the country came together to choose the winner of the IceCream Election. It was a cool campaign with a few meltdowns—there were sensationaladsscandals and close calls. Voters logged their choice by ordering a pint of their favorite flavor and in the end, America spoke and chose their favorite cone-didate: Cookie Dough!

Ice Cream Election 2016: By the Numbers
Ice Cream Election 2016: By the Numbers

Here’s the Ice Cream Election by the numbers:

🍦At peak, we were delivering a pint every 8 seconds
🍦Here’s how the top flavors ranked:

        1. Cookie Dough - 34%
        2. Cookies & Creme - 26%
        3. Mint Chocolate Chip - 22%
        4. Strawberry - 8%
        5. Chocolate - 7%
        6. Vanilla - 3%

🍦You could bake more than 10,000 cookies from the over 660 pounds of actual cookie dough delivered—watch out Cookie Monster!

🍦If you ate one pint of ice cream per day, it would take you over 20 years to eat the amount of ice cream we delivered during the Ice Cream Election

🍦If we stacked the total number of pints on top of each other, it would reach 2,468 ft—taller than 8 Statue of Liberties

🍦These 5 zip codes ordered the most ice cream:

      90046 - West Hollywood, LA
      94704 - Berkeley, CA
      60614 - Lincoln Park, Chi
      90048 - Beverly Grove, LA
      85281 - Tempe, AZ

 Feature postmates code: postmates8248

Take the Dare: Postmates x NERVE

Take the Dare: Postmates x NERVE

Do you have the NERVE?

Take the Dare: Postmates x NERVE
Take the Dare: Postmates x NERVE

Lionsgate’s new film NERVE hits theaters July 27, but we’ve teamed up to get you in on the action before then with a one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience.
On June 29, we’re delivering free NERVE virtual reality viewers in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles starting at 2pm.*

Here’s how it works:

1.      Download the NERVE app.
2.      Open your Postmates app and look for the NERVE VR store to order a virtual reality viewer. The viewer and delivery are free!

3.      Once you have your viewer, open the NERVE app, insert your phone in the viewer and choose WATCHER or PLAYER. As a PLAYER, you’ll put yourself inside crazy first-person VR stunts—like walking across a ladder suspended over a New York alley. Choose WATCHER, and you’ll get to see what other players around the world have already dared to do. More dares for are being added all the time, so keep checking back.

This is a limited time offer, while supplies last, and orders are limited to one per person.
*Viewers are available in specific zones. In New York, viewers are available in Manhattan below 110th Street. In Los Angeles, viewers are available in Santa Monica, Westwood, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood and Central LA. Viewers are available in all of San Francisco.

Postmates Referral Code: A Beginner’s Guide

PostMates Coupon Code // Save On Any Order!

Postmates Referral Code: A Beginner’s Guide

What is Postmates?

Postmates is the latest in the line of turbo-charged delivery service which connects local businesses to consumers. Navigating an intricate network of suppliers, local merchants, and local delivery/ courier services, Postmates delivers your merchandise within an hour.
Postmates was a passion project for San Franscisco engineers and co-founders Sean Plaice, Bastian Lehmann and Sam Street. Roping in local restaurants, stores and outlets, Postmates has transformed the way local inventory moves around since 2011.

Postmates Referral Code: A Beginner’s Guide
Postmates Referral Code: A Beginner’s Guide

How does it work?

Postmates leverages the idea that all local deliverables can be accessed within a single app.

To order online, you need to either download the smartphone app (available on both iOS and Android) or sign up on the website Postmates.com. Once you enter the delivery address zip-code on the first screen, the app vends a list of featured merchants for you to choose from. Once you’ve picked your store, select the item(s) for delivery, check their prices, populate your shopping cart and check out. Simple!

Postmates app and features

The Postmates app is actually a bit more versatile than the web version. You can enhance your shopping experience in one of the two ways:
Once you enter the zip code – you can tap and select one of the ‘featured’ merchants
You may search by name/ item type/ cuisine/ store category by tapping the search icon on top left hand corner of the screen.

But wait! There is more…

Postmates apps allow you to change your order delivery or pick-up address by simply calling your Postmates delivery person directly from the app. The delivery price is reassessed and you’re notified of the changes (if any).

Change of order can be done the same way, although the delivery might take a bit more than the allotted 1 hour. The ‘smart tracking’ feature allows you to keep tabs on your order.
Postmates apps accepts all major credit cards, and third-party payment processers like PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Amazon Payment. No cash is accepted, and no tips are required as per official policy, however you do have an option to add tips online once the order is complete.

Craigslist integration –
 yes! Postmates does that too, although only for sellers who have credit card acceptance policy at this point.

Blitz pricing indication – for items in high demand (like emergency lights during hurricane season, or iPhone chargers prior to release of a new iPhone), Postmates employs a higher delivery fee to support incentives for couriers to work beyond their expected workload. Orders at these times would need to accept the higher delivery fee and it’s clearly indicated in the app.

Ordering for a different city is possible through Postmates. All you need is to enter the destination zip-code and Postmates would load the featured merchants in that location.
The app is smart enough to prevent merchandise of contraband items, animal and human parts, child pornography, gambling items, hazardous materials, weapons, copyright media, counterfeit goods, loose currency, pre-paid cards, and devices for circumventing encryption of data.

The delivery fee may range between $5 – $20 depending on the delivery distance, however the app is programmed to take the best route or closest chain location to optimize the experience.

How to get the app?

Simply go to AppStore or PlayStore and search for Postmates. You may also look under the ‘food and drinks’ category for smartphone apps. The distinctive logo of a man on a bike with a three-star trail can’t be missed. Keep an eye out for $10 delivery credit for first time users.

Where is Postmates available?

Starting from its home-town of San Francisco and the Bay Area, Postmates is has currently expanded its service scope to major U.S. cities like: Atlanta, Austin , Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami, , Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Virginia Beach and Washington DC.
Postmates services can be availed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round. The full list of available markets is regularly updated on the homepage.

Overview of the restaurants you will find on Postmates

Postmates app based delivery system covers a wide spectrum of restaurants. The food delivery model isn’t dissimilar to other similar concepts like Eat24, GrubHub, DoorDash or Groupon. But it steals a march over competing services by virtue of tie-ups with popular chains like Starbucks, In n Out, and Chipotle, to go with exclusive local favorite restaurants.
Most of the restaurants for delivery are fast casual, or diners, which is just as well, given their abundant retail locations. Since the delivery charges are based off distance from the location, it keeps the order prices reasonable. For fast-food chains like McDonald’s Postmates places the order, and delivers for you.

Postmates also deliver from hot bars, salad bars and health-food locations in grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

For specialty restaurants, dine-in locations (like Olive Garden or Yard House) or exclusive locations (think Seafood place in Miami, deep dish Pizza place in Chicago) – they have a details section in the app for special instructions and Postmates can place the order while you may conveniently walk in to dine/ pick it up and pay.

There is a little caveat though: Postmates don’t ask for permission for delivering food from these locations. So while it is awesome to have Starbucks or Chipotle officially tie-up with them, restaurants like Julian Serrano (Las Vegas) or Big Mario’s (Seattle) insist that a part of their USP is their dining experience. However, by facilitating take-away from those locations, Postmates is robbing them of a vital clientele, repeat-value/ word-of-mouth and potentially misrepresenting their brand.

Postmates API for developers

The developer API released by Postmates is truly open-source, fully functional application platform which helps itemize inventory selection, network with merchants, accepts payment information and orders,  and assign customer identification with simple http/https calls. It brings a top-shelf local delivery platform to your custom retail application.

The JSON reply formats all the information, including the delivery/ pick-up zip code, unique API token for the customer, currency, fee, estimated duration of order delivery and all other relevant details.

For real-time delivery information, the delivery Object even has variable for status, order completion, and information regarding the Postmates courier person, to enable calling or connecting with them directly in case of change, update or special instructions added after the initial one was placed.

How to become a Postmates customer?

To become a Postmates customer simply install the app and register with your email or Facebook account. You will need to register your credit card for payment once you are ready to check-out.

A small authorization charge is placed to verify your card, and is refunded within 1-5 business days. Postmates customers can be receive their merchandise practically anywhere (yes, office addresses and even public places too, as long as you’ve described the location properly.)

Becoming a Postmates driver or a Courier

Postmates screen its employees thoroughly. After you submit your application at postmates.com/apply, you’ll be expected to clear background checks (including driving tests in some states), in-person interviews, test delivery runs and an onboarding session to complete the selection process.

Every order is reviewed on distance, zip code and delivery address to dispatch the courier best suited to deliver it. Tips are through the app only, with no provision for cash. 

Postmates drivers may own a car, motorbike, truck, scooter or even a bike. As long as they’re over 18, with a valid license and a clean record – they can apply for the position. Pick any city/ market to work in, or even switch periodically.

There are also provisions for driver referral credits, on-demand rideshare credits for delivery with Lyft and generous equity options.

Drivers receive the lion’s share of the delivery fee in addition to the full tip amount on every order. Earnings are deposited every week.

Contact Postmates

In case of any questions, concerns, change of plans regarding your delivery or ordered item counts, change in pick-up/ delivery address, or technical difficulties with the app, feel free to reach out to support@postmates.com . 

For support regarding technical issues, API or app development feel free to peruse the http://blog.postmates.com/ sections or post comments, queries or dev tips.

You can also contact Postmates on the phone # 1 800 882 6106 or even mail them at: 475 Valencia St, 2nd Floor. San Francisco, CA 94103.

With ever-increasing roster of areas served, Postmates is ready to tackle the different questions involving all aspects of its delivery logistics and committed to presenting a seamless experience for its customers. 

Postmates takes its customers seriously, and a team of professionals would be ready to resolve any customer service disruption.