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  • Hello Alfred Raises $10.5M To Automate Your Chores

    Hello Alfred Raises $10.5M To Automate Your Chores

    Hello Alfred, a startup that taps into existing on-demand services to automate your weekly chores, has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by NEA and Spark Capital, with participation from Sherpa Ventures and CrunchFund. (CrunchFund is backed by TechCrunch-owner AOL, and like TechCrunch, it was founded by Michael Arrington.) This follows a $2 million seed round led… Read More

  • Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation

    Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation

    Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company’s weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources. Sources also say that the company, which is just a month old, is valued at $40 million pre-money. Magic lets users text a single number to get anything* delivered on demand. For an extra fee, of course. Read More

  • Alfred Goes Live In NY With A Fresh $2M In Seed From Spark Capital

    Alfred Goes Live In NY With A Fresh $2M In Seed From Spark Capital

    Because there is no service that handles the mindless work of your daily life, it’s almost impossible to imagine what life would be like without any household chores. But the folks at Alfred have imagined such an existence, and are now offering the opportunity to purchase this charmed lifestyle in the great city of New York. Alfred, our latest Disrupt Battlefield winner in San… Read More

  • Google Will Shut Down Alfred, The Local Recommendations App, July 19

    Google Will Shut Down Alfred, The Local Recommendations App, July 19

    Looks like Latitude wasn’t the only Google product that got shut down yesterday in the wake of a new version of Google Maps. Alfred, the local recommendations app that Google picked up through its acquisition in December 2011 of developers The Clever Sense, is getting shut down on July 19. Read More

  • Alfred, The iOS Butler, Serves Up Serendipity On A Silver Platter

    Alfred, The iOS Butler, Serves Up Serendipity On A Silver Platter

    Back in July I wrote about a nifty iPhone app called Alfred. It’s a sort of Yelp meets Pandora: you tell it what kind of restaurants you like, and then it tries to make some solid recommendations. Today Clever Sense, the company behind Alfred, is sharing some early stats — and they’re looking good. Thus far the application has given 7 million recommendations to users in… Read More

  • Clever Sense Launches Alfred: Personalized Local Recommendations With A Single Tap

    Clever Sense Launches Alfred: Personalized Local Recommendations With A Single Tap

    Back in June I wrote about Clever Sense, a startup that’s looking to take a different approach to restaurant and other local recommendations. Led by CEO Babak Pahlavan, the service has a strong emphasis on algorithms that are used to customize its suggestions for each user (the company is led by Stanford PH.D. grads, and is advised by Professor Jeff Ullman, who was the Ph.D. advisor… Read More