Lugg, a startup recently graduated from Y Combinator has raised $3.8 million in seed round of funding led by Ronny’s Conway’s A Capital along with SV Angel, CrunchFund and various other angel investors like Gmail creator and FriendFeed founder Paul Buchheit.
Founded in early 2015 by Jordan Brown, Lugg aims to provide an easy way to move things like big purchases in IKEA with the help of a truck. When Brown realized there are many ride-hailing apps but nothing to move large purchase, he decided to develop one. It offers a best alternative to the local mover and packers. To enable a pickup, one has to just enter the item’s location, end destination along with a photo of the item to be moved. Then Lugg connects with the user to picks the item in an hour and brings it to the ultimate destination. The app charges around $35 with some extra charges for the miles and time taken and it is done within the app similar to Uber.
Anyone with a truck can join the Lugg team provided they are ready to move heavy items. Many rounds of background checks and verifications and array of trial runs are done before taking in the movers. Though Lugg is designed to help move big items for a short distance and not completely moving a house furnishing across town, it has not stopped people from using it while moving apartments.
“Customers just started doing it and its really interesting. They could get a quote of $300 with a two hour minimum from a moving company or just request a few Luggs and they are good to go,” expalined Brown.
Till date, the San Francisco startup has made thousands of moves in their area and plans to reach wider Bay Area that includes peninsula South Bay and East Bay. It also plans to expand its services to other cities like LA and New York with the recently acquired funds. Apart from this, with the new funds the startup plans to recruit new people in the field of engineering and operations for its team and to develop Android app for it which supports only iOS now.