Thursday, January 17, 2008

Now, MoveMe is Yahoo's 'people's choice'

Yahoo have been running competitions for the best websites of 2007.
This is what they posted today:

"Move Me, this year's People's Choice winner, beat competition from far and wide to take the number one prize, proving that moving doesn't have to be as stressful as we may think.

In addition to taking the People's Choice crown, it also proved a popular site with the expert panel of judges, winning the Innovative category award announced earlier in January.

Move Me aims to take away the stress of moving house with its free Move Planner. The planner takes everything into account from finding reputable removal firms to who you need to notify of your change of address. "

Apparently, there were 18 sites shortlisted by the judges and Moveme took 1 in 6 votes - over 17% of the votes cast.

Congratulations to Mark, Keith, Charlie, Andy, Seb and the team.

In addition to being Yahoo's choice MoveMe announced today that it is the choice of Balderton and Advent too.
The following goes out on the wires today:
Moveme.com, the online home moving specialist, today announced it has secured £3.4million in its second round of funding from Balderton Capital, formerly Benchmark Capital Europe and Advent Venture Partners (“Advent Ventures”). Moveme.com will use the funds for further product development, marketing, recruitment and a new site launch in February.

Moveme.com is a free service which takes the hassle out of moving house in the UK. It helps both renters and buyers to manage the moving process online, giving information on everything from booking a removal company to changing satellite TV subscriptions and re-directing mail. The site is easy to navigate and requires only the date and addresses of the move. It can then provide a bespoke planner in diary-form to streamline the moving process, saving users’ time and money. The site currently has over 40,000 registered users.

Mark Cunningham, co-founder and CEO of Moveme.com, said: “Moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences in people’s lives. Moveme takes away this stress and helps those with very little time arrange all aspects of their house move online.

“We are delighted to partner with two premier investment firms. This latest investment is testament to Moveme.com’s continued success. The proceeds of this funding now give us the resources to re-launch the site and accelerate our plans for growth.“

Commenting on the investment, Sean Seton-Rogers of Balderton Capital, said: “All of us at Balderton are excited to be part of the Moveme team. Each of us has experienced the hassle of moving home and wish Moveme.com had been around to help us. We believe customers are going to love this free service that takes all the hassle away. The company has experienced tremendous growth and Balderton is proud to invest in the company’s expansion.”

Frédéric Court, Partner, Advent Venture Partners, added: “We immediately bought into the founders’ vision of easing the way people move when we first met and seeded Moveme last year. We are delighted that Balderton has joined us in backing Moveme and that the number of users of the service continues to increase rapidly.”

Sean Seton-Rogers of Balderton Capital has joined the Moveme.com Board of Directors, alongside Frédéric Court from Advent Ventures and Robin Klein from The Accelerator Group. The company is also backed by Brent Hoberman, co-founder of Lastminute.com.

Monday, January 07, 2008

MoveMe wins another award

If winning awards was the key to success, MoveMe has certainly unlocked that particular door.
After being shortlisted for Yahoo!’s Finds of the Year 2007 campaign, moveme.com has just been chosen by the judges as a winning site of their category in innovation. There is also a People Choice award as this does not take place until 16th Jan 08 so get voting now on Yahoo! Finds.

Move Me (www.moveme.com) aims to take away the stress of moving house with its free Move Planner. The planner takes everything into account from finding reputable removal firms to who you need to notify of your change of address. The judges particularly liked the user interface and design of Move Me. They also described the calendar as a brilliant tool which set the site apart from the other entrants.

This award follows the one they got from New Media Age back in June for the best new business.

MoveMe are working hard to get the latest version of their site launched this month but already many thousands of home movers have reduced their moving headaches by using www.moveme.com and the flow of complimentary comments from users back up the judgement of those who have chosen Moveme from the many great new sites launched in 2007.