On-Demand

The World on Demand: 23 Startups That Deliver Everything From Sexy Man Servants to Marijuana

The World on Demand: 23 Startups That Deliver Everything From Sexy Man Servants to Marijuana
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You can order a sexy manservant to follow you to and fro and carry your parasol. You can order a nurse to come and draw your blood so that you don’t have to go to the doctor’s office. You can order weed. You can order a nanny to take your kids to soccer practice.

It’s a pretty marvelous time to be a busy and/or lazy human with a smartphone. This moment right now might be the pinnacle of the on-demand-everything world that entrepreneurs have hustled to create in an Uber-fantasmagorical mania that has taken over many startup communities.

It’s also possible that this Uber-of-everything mania is not going to last at such a fervor pitch. On-demand house cleaning service Homejoy closed last summer and on-demand meal delivery service SpoonRocket closed earlier this month. Delivery logistics are complicated -- and expensive. Grocery-delivery service Instacart announced at the end of the year that it was forced to raise delivery prices.

To be sure, there are bound to be wins and losses in any space that has seen as much activity as the on-demand industry has in recent years.

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But investors have indicated that perhaps this is the peak of the mountain, too. While investors pumped $17.8 billion into on-demand startups in 2015, the pace of funding for on-demand startups is slowing, according to data from financial analysis company CB Insights. The biggest players in the space -- Uber, Airbnb and Chinese Uber competitor, Didi Kuaidi -- took the vast majority of the venture dollars that did go into the space.

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In the meantime, grab a smartphone and a credit card and bring the world to your doorstep.

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Checkr

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Name of company: Checkr

Headquarters: San Francisco

Launch date: May 2014

What’s delivered: Background checks for on-demand companies

Cost: Between $15 and $40

How long does it take? Background checks are processed within 48 hours, on average

Where is the delivery service available? All 50 states and Canada

Expansion plans? Considering international expansion

Founders: Daniel Yanisse and Jonathan Perichon

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PaintZen

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Name of company: Paintzen

Headquarters: New York City

Launch date: April 2013

What’s delivered: Painters and painting supplies

Cost: Prices may vary based on room size, ceiling height and current wall condition. Interior bedrooms cost approximately $350, interior living rooms cost between $400 and $450, kitchens and bathrooms cost approximately $200 and foyers and hallways cost approximately $250.

How long does it take? If ordered by mid-afternoon, all supplies can arrive to your doorstep by the next morning.

Where is the delivery service available? San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Expansion plans? Nationwide

Founders: Mike Russell, Justin Geller, James Goldman

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Shuddle

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Name of company: Shuddle

Headquarters: San Francisco

Launch date: Oct. 2014

What’s delivered: Rideshare service for families, catering to transporting everyone from kids to grandparents

Cost: Shuddle charges a $9 monthly membership fee, a minimum solo ride starts a $15 and a carpool ride is $8 per family. All fares are based on mileage and time. An estimate is given when you schedule a ride.

How long does it take? Driving and arrival time varies depending on traffic flow and road conditions. Internal GPS technology allows parents to track ride-progress in real time through the ride.

Where is the delivery service available? San Francisco Bay Area

Expansion plans? Potentially, but right now, Shuddle is focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.

Founder: Nick Allen

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TodayTix

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Name of company: TodayTix

Headquarters: New York City

Launch date: Dec. 2013

What’s delivered: Broadway and Off-Broadway theater tickets

Cost: TodayTix charges a flat $5 service fee per ticket. For shows that require in-person ticket delivery from a TodayTix concierge agent, there is an additional $5 fee.

How long does it take? Tickets can be purchased up to a week in advance, or one hour before show time.

Where is the delivery service available? New York City, London, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Expansion plans? Conversations are underway to bring TodayTix to Connecticut, Boston and Philadelphia. Also, TodayTix is piloting a mobile rush ticketing program.

Founders: Merritt Baer and Brian M. Fenty

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Honor

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Name of company: Honor

Headquarters: San Francisco

Launch date: April 2015

What’s delivered: Senior home care

Cost: Cost of care depends on length and schedule, but starts at $20 per hour.

How long does it take? An Honor Care Professional can be at the door, ready to deliver care in as little as two hours.

Where is the delivery service available? San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles

Expansion plans? Yes, but specifics aren't currently available

Founders: Seth Sternberg, Sandy Jen, Monica Lo, Cameron Ring

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Thirstie

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Name of company: Thirstie

Headquarters: New York City

Launch date: April 2014

What’s delivered: Beer, wine, spirits

Cost: Delivery fee ranges from free to a maximum of $5 in the U.S. and a maximum of $10 in Canada. Delivery minimums range between $10 and $30.

How long does it take? Under 60 minutes

Where is the delivery service available? New York City; Hoboken, N.J.; Jersey City, N.J.; Chicago; San Francisco; Los Angeles; San Diego, Calif.; Davenport, Calif.; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; Dallas, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Austin; Norwalk, Conn.; New Haven, Conn.; Washington, D.C.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Minneapolis, Minn; Hamptons, NY; Toronto, ON; Ottawa, ON

Expansion plans? Next target for expansion is Denver, Colo.

Founders: Devaraj Southworth and Maxim Razmakhin

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Eaze

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Name of company: Eaze

Headquarters: San Francisco

Launch date: July 2014

What’s delivered: Medical marijuana

Cost: $25 order minimum

How long does it take? 20 minutes or less

Where is the delivery service available? More than 50 cities across California

Expansion plans? Eaze plans to expand to every city in the U.S. where marijuana delivery is legally permitted.

Founder: Keith McCarty

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Looie

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Name of company: Looie

Headquarters: New York City

Launch date: August 2015

What’s delivered: A bathroom

Cost: Unlimited access for $25 a month

How long does it take? One to five minutes

Where is the delivery service available? Lower New York City

Expansion plans? Looie is currently in Lower Manhattan and plans to expand across New York City

Founders: Dina Al-Qaysi and Yezin Al-Qaysi

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Swipecast

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Name of company: Swipecast

Headquarters: New York City

Launch date: August 2015

What’s delivered: Models

Cost: The customer decides the day rate for the models, which averages about $1,500 per day but can reach as high as $15,000 for a day.

How long does it take? Usually models are booked 48 hours out, but models can get booked even three to four hours before the job start time.

Where is the delivery service available? New York

Expansion plans? Swipecast plans to expand to other large cities across the U.S. first and then eventually to Paris, London and Milan. Also, the plan is to expand into enabling clients to book photographers and stylists as well as hair and makeup artists for their shoots.

Founders: Peter Fitzpatrick and Matthias Wickenburg

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Dermio

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Name of company: Dermio

Headquarters: Chicago

Launch date: Jan. 2015

What’s delivered: Skin care, from picture to prescription

Cost: $40.

How long does it take? Less than 24 hours

Where is the delivery service available? Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, California and Washington

Expansion plans? The goal is for Dermio to be available across all 50 states

Founders: Dr. David Soleymani and Dr. Jim Rickards

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Otobots

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Name of company: Otobots

Headquarters: Oakbrook, Ill.

Launch date: July 2015

What’s delivered: Car repairs

Cost: $80 for one hour of labor; parts are extra

How long does it take? Techs go out and check a car within an hour, but repair may take longer depending on the nature of the problem

Where is the delivery service available? Chicago, Houston and Dallas

Expansion plans? Austin and San Antonio by this summer

Founders: Arun Simon, Kuruvilla Simon, Thomas Simon and Febin Abraham

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Heal

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Name of company: Heal

Headquarters: Los Angeles

Launch date: Feb. 2015

What’s delivered: On-demand urgent and primary care doctor house calls

Cost: Heal is in-network with California's largest PPO networks and is therefore the cost of a co-pay. For cash-pay users, Heal is $99.

How long does it take? Heal on demand is available in two hours or less. Alternatively, users can schedule an appointment in advance for a designated two-hour delivery window.

Where is the delivery service available? Across California

Expansion plans? Heal plans to expand to an additional 10 to 20 cities nationwide between 2016 and 2017.

Founders: Dr. Renee Dua and Nick Desai

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Bark'N'Borrow

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Name of company: Bark’N’Borrow

Headquarters: West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Launch date: Nov. 2015

What’s delivered: Dogs and cuddles. Nonprofessional enthusiasts looking for some time with a pooch can borrow a dog through the network and professional dog walkers can solicit their caretaking services on the platform, too.

Cost: Borrowing is free. Professional sitters negotiate their own rates for care.

How long does it take? Each relationship is arranged between the dog owner and the borrower or professional caretaker.

Where is the delivery service available? Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Seattle, Chicago

Expansion plans? Yes, but no specifics at this time

Founder: Liam Berkeley

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Helpr

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Name of company: Helpr

Headquarters: Santa Monica, Calif.

Launch date: Jan. 2016

What’s delivered: Personally screened babysitters

Cost: Starts at $21 an hour for one child plus $1 an hour for each additional child

How long does it take? Babysitter can arrive in as little as 3 hours, but parents can book up to 90 days out

Where is the delivery service available? Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Expansion plans? Specific details on the expansion plan haven’t been released yet.

Founders: Becka Klauber Richter, Kasey Edwards, Petter Lidberg

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ManServants

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Name of company: ManServants, Inc

Headquarters: Los Angeles

Launch date: Sept. 2014

What’s delivered: Handsome, chivalrous gentlemen as party entertainment or event staffing. “Chivalry in the Age of Beyonce.”

Cost: Begins at $125 an hour

How long does it take? At least 24 hours between booking and said fellow arriving

Where is the delivery service available? New York, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco

Expansion plans? The next city will be Las Vegas

Founders: Josephine Wai Lin and Dalal Khajah

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Mohop

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Name of company: Mohop

Headquarters: Chicago

Launch date: Started selling shoes Sept. 2005, pivoted to on-demand 3-D fabrication Jan. 2014

What’s delivered: Custom-fit shoes

Cost: Price $128 to 198 (shipping included)

How long does it take? About a week

Where is the delivery service available? Worldwide (allow one to two weeks additional outside U.S.)

Expansion plans? New products forthcoming

Founders: Annie Mohaupt and Justin Walker

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Overture

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Name of company: Overture

Headquarters: New York City

Launch date: Jan. 2013

What’s delivered: Filmmaker with a full production studio to your home or office to produce a profile video about who you are and what you do. Also, Overture has recently starting offering professionally written bios and high-quality head shots.

Cost: A profile video costs a flat fee of $695 and includes a personalized script, a professional shoot at your home or office, and a fully edited, black-and-white video with motion text graphics and your logo. Handcrafted bios are $125 and head shots are $250.

How long does it take? As soon as the next day.

Where is the delivery service available? New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Expansion plans? Plans to roll out to 25 cities in the U.S. by the end of 2016

Founder: Jared Matthew Weiss

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BookATailor

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Name of company: BookATailor

Headquarters: Great Neck, N.Y.

Launch date: Feb. 2012

What’s delivered: High-end custom suits and shirts

Cost: Two custom shirts retail for $99, four custom shirts retail for $179, one custom suit retail for $450, and one custom suit and two custom shirts retail for $499

How long does it take? Two to four weeks

Where is the delivery service available? New York City, Beverly Hills, South Beach, Washington D.C, Charlotte, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Austin and Boston

Expansion plans? 40 showrooms across the U.S by the end of 2016

Founder: Jacomo Hakim

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Kapow

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Name of company: Kapow

Headquarters: Chicago

Launch date: May 2012

What’s delivered: Corporate events

Cost: Companies pay no more than if they booked directly through the venue. The venue pays Kapow when a booking is confirmed through the platform.

How long does it take? Book the event on whichever date the venue is available, shown in real time on Kapow's platform.

Where is the delivery service available? Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, NYC, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

Founders: Marc Halpin, Dan McCormick, Michael Timpone

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InstaBottles

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Name of company: InstaBottles

Headquarters: Chicago

Launch date: Dec. 2015

What’s delivered: Bottle service and reserve VIP tables at a club

Cost: InstaBottles customers prepay a club’s table minimum, which averages about $500 for two bottles of liquor. That guarantees the table reservation. InstaBottles takes a 3 to 15 percent commission off of that.

How long does it take? Customers can book a table and arrive immediately.

Where is the delivery service available? Chicago

Expansion plans? Both nationally and internationally

Founders: Udit Agarwal, Shyam Gogulamurali, Dom Brown

Soothe

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Name of company: Soothe

Headquarters: Los Angeles

Launch date: March 2013

What’s delivered: Massage

Cost: Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and sports massages range from $99 to $219 depending on location (New York is more expensive) and duration.

How long does it take for the delivery to arrive at your doorstep? Soothe can be there in one hour or you can schedule in advance.

Where is the delivery service available? Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Indianapolis, London, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, Scottsdale, Seattle, Vancouver (British Columbia), and Washington D.C.

Expansion plans? Soothe just recently launched in London and plans to add 20 more cities before the end of the year.

Founder: Merlin Kauffman

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Iggbo

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Name of company: Iggbo

Headquarters: Richmond, Va., and San Francisco

Launch date: Jan. 2015

What’s delivered: Blood draws and medical testing

Cost: Free for physicians and patients. Iggbo fees are paid by lab partners.

How long does it take for the delivery to arrive at your doorstep? Blood draws can be scheduled in advance or immediately and can be conducted to take place at a physician’s office, a patient’s home or a patient’s place of work. Immediate requests arrive within 15 minutes.

Where is the delivery service available? More than 120 cities in the United States.

Expansion plans? Both nationally and internationally.

Founders: Dr. Shaiv Kapadia, chief medical officer and co-founder; Nuno Valentine, CEO and co-founder; Mark Van Roekel, president and co-founder

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Toilet Paper Society

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Name of company: Toilet Paper Society

Headquarters: Jackson, Miss.

Launch date: March 2014

What’s delivered: Toilet paper

Cost: Plans start at $5.99/month and go up based on quantity and brand of toilet paper selected.

How long does it take? Shipment goes out on the first of every month.

Where is the delivery service available? Nationwide.

Expansion plans? Currently focused on toilet paper.

Founders: Will Watts, Jim Watts, Mark Kaufman, Justin Palmer and Mike Gottfried. Will Watts bought out the rest of the founding team and is now the sole owner.

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