February 24, 2016

More Money Invested in "On Demand"

We wrote a congrats! to on-demand beauty business Glamsquad a month back and they quickly traded on that good word, turning it into a $7 million series A funding round. You’re welcome!

We wrote a congrats! to on-demand beauty business Glamsquad a month back and they quickly traded on that good word, turning it into a $7 million series A funding round. You’re welcome!

OK, so we had nothing to do with it, but congratulations all the same to former Gilt Grouper Alexandra Wilson and team – they attracted SoftBank’s attention to the exploding on-demand services sector, in particular the makeup-n-hair-beauty-pros-on-call business. Bad hair day? Glamsquad will remedy that before lunch by dispatching someone to your desk at work, couch at home - wherever.

Others investing included (according to TechCrunch) Aol’s BBG Ventures fund and Montage Ventures. (Note: Urgent.ly is based in Aol’s Fishbowl Labs.)

As a member of the on-demand mobiles services (ODMS) movement, we believe the experience of using your mobile phone to swiftly get products and services delivered to your current location will become the norm. For thousands who’ve tried Urgent.ly, it already is.

IMAGE CREDITS, GLAMSQUAD; SALON PHOTO: KELLY STUART, PHOTOGRAPHER; PHOTO OF MICAELA ENGLISH, WEB EDITOR AT TOWN & COUNTRY

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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