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The Fall of “The Uber for Shipping” (failory.com)
11 points by nicoserdeir 31 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

I remember taking a phone screen with this company circa 2015. Mostly, I remember the recruiter on the other end doing an incredibly good job of selling me on the company being a great idea and a place I want to work at. I don't think I heard back from them again after that.

In retrospect it feels to me like one of those businesses that probably deserves a second wave of attempts when the landscape has shifted a little more.

There is a counterpart company in China called FlashEx that is doing pretty well (just raised Series D in 2018) right now, focusing on same city on demand shipping.

Similar to Gojek and Grab in SE Asia. They're basically bike couriers but on mopeds. You give them an object and address, and they'll take it there. Faster than the mail, obviously; and much more convenient than navigating through SE Asian traffic yourself.

So it's a regular old run-of-the-mill courier service, except you send them a picture of the item you're sending instead of calling them or something.

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