A little over a year after its graduation from Y Combinator’s demo day, the on-demand construction materials shipment service Curri is starting to offer its services in all 50 states. Co-founded by Matt Lafferty and Brian Gonzalez, Curri goals to solve among the major hurdles for local building suppliers who miss out on sales since of an inability to provide to professionals when
they need it. The company approximates that it conserves its customers approximately half the cost of deploying an in-house fleet for delivery.
“They act as a wholesaler doing all the sales, however they’re also acting as a logistics business too,” stated Lafferty. “We offer a solution for them to flex up or down and conserve cash.”
After finishing from Y Combinator in the summertime of 2019, the business evaluated its services in the Southern California region. Now, as building looks prepared to go back to a more normal schedule in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic, the business is capitalizing on increased demand to use its services nationwide.
“Construction has remained essential through this whole crisis,” said Lafferty. “Depending upon how states were managing it there were different levels of what was seen as essential building. Industry-wide there was what I would call an excellent time out …  since April we have actually grown week-over-week and much more so now when things are really raising.”
The business charges its customers by mile traveled and runs with a similar business design to Uber or Lyft, states Lafferty. The motorists are all gig workers, however Lafferty says they’re paid a premium to other shipment services since of the seriousness of the business’s deliveries. “We have high-dollar items that are going out and they’re usually more immediate,” Lafferty stated. “We’re able to pay our chauffeur 25% to 30% better.”
The Los Angeles-based company raised seed financing from Initialized Capital, the company established by Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian (which also uses previous TechCrunch staffer, Kim-Mai Cutler … Hi Kim-Mai!)
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