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Shyp startup sails into sunset

Shyp, a once-hyped San Francisco-based startup that aimed to streamline sending packages, has shut down, Fast Company reports. It had laid off employees and scaled back operations last summer. The company had raised $63 million, mostly from Kleiner Perkins, whose John Doerr sat on its board.

Why it matters: No one enjoys hauling boxes to the UPS or Fedex counter, and startups love to promise to remove "friction" from our lives — but sometimes relieving inconvenience just isn't profitable.

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