Press and Law v. Adam and Elon

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Want to save some dosh on TechCrunch+? Use the code “EQU

Darkstore launches FastAF app for same-day product delivery

Darkstore, the tech-driven fulfillment solution to enable e-commerce companies to offer same-day delivery, has just released a consumer-facing app called FastAF. Right now, the app is only available i

Hello Alfred raises $40M to bring hotel-style hospitality to more households

New York-based chore wizard Hello Alfred is about to expand its mission to make life easier, one to-do list at a time. The company commands a small army of thoroughly trained home helpers who take car

Elizabeth Warren takes on the ‘so-called gig economy’ in speech

Senator Elizabeth Warren has some choice words for Uber, TaskRabbit, Alfred and all the other companies taking part in the "so-called gig economy," as she put it in a speech Thursday for the New Ameri

An API For Your Door

August Smart Locks wants to usher in a new level of convenience for the on-demand economy. Instead of rushing home to meet your courier, cleaner, or assistant, or having to give strangers a copy of yo

A Year In Review: The Disrupt Startup Battlefield 2014

It's been a year since 2014 Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield companies took the stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. This is how far t

Alfred Purchases WunWun Tech, Employees In Fire Sale

After nearly three years delivering anything you want on-demand (in the greater New York City area), WunWun is shuttering. As part of the close, Alfred is purchasing assets, including key WunWun techn

Meet Hello Alfred, A Single Portal For Your Home Service Needs

Alfred has had a busy year. The company has raised $12 million+, set up shop in NYC, and tripled the number of employees on the team. But at Disrupt NY, a little over six months after winning Disrupt

Alfred, Layer And Trello Are Returning To The Startup Battlefield Stage

At this year's Disrupt NY, previous finalists and winners of Startup Battlefield will once again take the stage. But not to pitch their companies. Instead Alfred, Layer and Trello will update Disrupt

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 par

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 th

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 <a href="https:/

The Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield Finalists Are Alfred, Partpic, PatternEQ, Shipstr, Stack And Vinli

In our new conference venue at Pier 48, 26 battlefield competitors (and two Audience Choice winners) have pitched their hearts out onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF these past two days. It's been a ner

Alfred Club, Because Automatic Is Better Than On-Demand

As we grow increasingly lazy, the on-demand space will continue to grow. But that doesn't mean that on-demand services are saving us <em>entirely</em> from the stresses of tedious chores. That's w

Introducing The Disrupt SF 2014 Startup Battlefield

We're excited to introduce you to a remarkable group of companies participating in this year's Startup Battlefield. The Battlefield serves to showcase the best and most promising early-stage startups

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

Looks like <a target="_blank" href="">Latitude</a> wasn't the only Google product that got shut down yesterday in the wake

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

Back in July <a href="">I wrote</a> about a nifty iPhone app called <em><a href="http

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

Back in June I <a href="">wrote about</a> <a href="">Clever Sen