Another as-long-as-you're-out service is about to launch, but this one has a more karmic motive than competitors.
A former exec from Kozmo.com, a company much celebrated for delivering munchies and movies to customers' homes before it closed down 10 years ago, has built his own delivery service. Unlike Kozmo, this one is profitable.
The San Francisco startup hopes its Express subscription service can change shoppers' behavior by giving them free and fast delivery of groceries and, later, other items.
It's not a crowdsourced Kozmo. It is a credible challenger to eBay and Craigslist.
New crowd commerce models lower prices, get more people working, and level resource use. But will they work in the long term and on a large scale?
A not-very-close second-place player to Groupon in the daily deals market, this investment may give LivingSocial some extra momentum in the likely event that Groupon is acquired by Google.
It's still no alternative to ordering a pizza.
You know you want it.