February 24, 2016

Welcome: UrbanStems Raises $1.5 Million for On-Demand Flower Delivery

JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR VALENTINES

JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR VALENTINES

As we often to at Urgent.ly we’d like to welcome another newcomer the the DC “On-demand” startup scene, and this time it’s especially timely!

UrbanStems, the on-demand-boquets biz, is run by a team of folks passionate about fresh flowers and moreso about being entrusted to deliver them to all of our loved ones:

To whit, on their Website: 

When you send one of our bouquets, you are entrusting us with the honor of making someone you love smile. So why wouldn’t we do whatever it takes – no matter how crazy – to make sure that happens?

The company has been in DC a year (ok so maybe not so new) and is now serving NY as well; they recently raised a blooming $1.5 million in funding from Middleland Capital, Sagamore Ventures, NextGen Angels and Great Oaks Venture Capital.

But how are they different? According to their process, they source flowers directly from farms in Colombia and Ecuador, and promise delivery within two hours of ordering (sometimes one hour!). And so you’re not left wondering “if she got them” they’ll even send a photo confirmation. At Urgent.ly we have a similar feature, where tow truck drivers can confirm delivery with a pic as well. So we agree it’s pretty cool ;-)

So if you miss Valentine’s Day consider this: it’s never too late to deliver flowers when and where you want them, especially in about as long as it takes to get pizza. But you’ve got time! Get over here, place your order and make someone’s winter quickly turn to spring.

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

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