Seattle – Dolly, the new on-demand moving and delivery service, today announced the public launch of its mobile app that connects consumers who need help moving large, bulky or heavy items, with local pickup truck owners who do the moving and lifting for them. The company has also announced that it will head into market with a $1.7 million round of seed funding from a group of seasoned investors. Hyde Park Venture Partners and KGC Capital participated in the round alongside prominent angel investors including Jeff Wilke, Bill Wolf, Terry Diamond, Ben Elowitz, Kim Rachmeler and Edward Yim.
Dolly is now live in the Chicago market and is available for iOS and Android devices as well as on the web at getdolly.com. The official launch comes after a four-month beta test in Chicago that generated hundreds of Dollys.
This capital infusion will allow Dolly to further develop its technology platform, to expand its team, and to drive growth in the Chicago market. The company plans to launch into additional markets in 2015.
“We are fortunate to have such a world-class roster of investors with deep expertise in collaborative marketplaces and logistics to help us execute our aggressive growth plans,” said Mike Howell, CEO and co-founder at Dolly. “As we build out our team with additional roles in operations, marketing, business development and engineering, we will be able to accelerate our product roadmap and offer additional services such as moving protection insurance.”
“Dolly has developed a scalable solution that will transform the antiquated moving, truck rental and delivery industry,” said Greg Barnes, principal at Hyde Park Venture Partners. “We see great growth opportunity for Dolly as this emerging market continues to expand.”
To get started, users simply provide information about the items they need moved, choose a date and time, and select a price. It takes minutes to complete. Dolly uses a proprietary algorithm to offer a suggested price for each Dolly based on the unique attributes of every job, including the type and number of items, specifics of the moving environment, distance traveled and more. Dolly jobs typically range from $50 to $85.
Requests are automatically dispatched to Dolly’s network of background-checked, insured and user-rated Dolly “Helpers” (the drivers who do the moving and lifting). Once a Helper has accepted a user’s Dolly, the user is able to message their Helper, monitor their Helper’s GPS location, pay, tip and review their helper, all from within Dolly’s secure iOS or Android app.
As part of the launch, Dolly is offering a 20 percent discount for all first-time users with promotional code TRYDOLLY.
Dolly is an on-demand moving and delivery service currently available in the Chicago market. Free on iOS and Android devices, Dolly helps people and businesses get big, bulky, heavy items where they need to go by connecting them with reliable background-checked Dolly Helpers–people who own pickup trucks, vans, or SUVs who do the moving and lifting for you. The company is headquartered in Seattle and was founded in 2013 by Chad Wittman, Jason Norris, Kelby Hawn and Mike Howell. For more information, please visit getdolly.com.