Convoy 筹集了4亿美元用于扩大其按需运输平台——TechCrunch
Convoy raises $400 million to expand its on-demand trucking platform – TechCrunch
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Convoy, the digital freight network that connects truckers with shippers, has raised $400 million in a Series D funding round as it aims to scale its business amid an increasingly competitive market.

在竞争日益激烈的市场中,为了扩大业务规模,连接卡车司机和货主的数字货运网络平台 Convoy 在 D 轮融资中筹集了4亿美元。

The funding round brings Convoy’s post-money valuation to $2.75 billion.

这轮融资使 Convoy 的上市后估值达到27.5亿美元。

The round was co-led by Generation Investment Management and previous Convoy investor T. Rowe Price Associates. Asset management firm Baillie Gifford, which has fondness for pre-IPO tech companies, Fidelity and Durable Capital Partners as well as Series C investors CapitalG and Lone Pine Capital also participated in the round.

该轮融资由世代投资管理公司(Generation Investment Management)和之前对 Convoy 投资的 T. Rowe Price Associates 共同主导。青睐于上市前的科技公司的资产管理公司 Baillie Gifford,富达(Fidelity)和耐久资本(Durable Capital Partners)以及 C 轮投资者 CapitalG 和 Lone Pine Capital 也参与了本轮融资。

Convoy has managed to attract a slew of high-profile investors— and their capital — such as Jeff Bezos, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and even U2’s Bono and the Edge. In the four years since its founding, Convoy has raised a total of more than $668 million. Early investors include Greylock Partners, Y Combinator, Cascade Investment (the private investment vehicle of Bill Gates) and  Code.org founders Hadi and Ali Partovi.

Convoy 已成功吸引了众多知名投资者及其资本,例如杰夫·贝佐斯 (Jeff Bezos)、 Salesforce 首席执行官马克·贝尼奥夫(Marc Benioff)甚至 U2 的Bono 和 Edge。自成立以来的四年里,Convoy 信托总共筹集了超过6.68亿美元的资金。早期投资者包括 Greylock Partners、Y Combinator、Cascade Investment(比 尔·盖茨的私人投资工具)和 Code.org 创始人哈迪(Hadi)和阿里·帕托维(Ali Partovi)。

And that money has been put to work. Convoy co-founders Dan Lewis and Grant Goodale set out in 2015 to modernize freight brokerage, a fragmented and oftentimes analog business that matches loads from shippers with truckers.

这些钱已经投入使用。Convoy 的联合创始人丹·刘易斯(Dan Lewis)和格兰特·古代尔(Grant Goodale) 于2015年开始对货运经纪业务进行现代化改造。货运经纪业务是一种分散的、通常类似于模拟业务的业务,它将货主家的货物与卡车司机的货物进行匹配。

The company has gone from hundreds of loads per week in 2016 to tens of thousands per week across the U.S. Notably, Convoy’s platform handles 100% of the matching, as opposed having humans complete the task.

该公司已经从2016年的每周数百次装载,发展到美国各地的每周数万次装载。值得一提的是,Convoy 的平台自动匹配司机和货主,而不是由人工完成匹配。

Convoy also has about 100 routes, many of them concentrated around economic hubs such as Chicago. Michigan and California, Lewis told TechCrunch.

刘易斯对 TechCrunch 记者说,“Convoy 拥有约100条路线,其中许多路线都集中在芝加哥、密歇根州和加利福尼亚州等经济枢纽附近。”

The 850-person company wants to accelerate those efforts with capital raised in this latest round. Although it’s bound to face more competition. Uber Freight, Loadsmart and Flexport are just a few online marketplaces that are targeting freight.

尽管会面临更多的竞争,这家拥有850名员工的公司希望通过最新一轮融资激发这些努力。尽管它一定会面临更多的竞争。Uber Freight、Loadsmart 和 Flexport 只是少数几个针对货运的在线市场。

Convoy has added new features to its platform as part of its scaling strategy. The company launched in 2019 an automated reloads feature that allows truckers book multiple loads at a time. It also added Convoy Go, which allows drivers to bring their truck cab and hook up to a trailer pre-filled with cargo.

Convoy 在他们的平台增加了新的功能,作为其规模战略的一部分。该公司在2019年推出了一项自动装载功能,允许卡车司机一次装载多个货物。它还增加了Convoy Go 功能,司机可以把自己的卡车驾驶室连接到预先装满货物的拖车上。

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