The Freight Forwarder for the Internet Age


COMPANY SIZE Between 250 and 500

# OF ENGINEERS Between 100 and 250

FUNDING $50M - $100M

TAGS B2B, Enterprise Software, Logistics, SaaS, YC Winter 2014


What do we do?

Flexport makes it easy for companies to move their products around the word. Shipping something from Shenzhen to Cincinnati or Rotterdam to LA requires complex coordination. Currently that’s done by telephones, spreadsheets, and fax machines. Flexport provides a web-based app that offers real-time visibility of your shipments.

“Flexport is one of those rare companies that will not merely satisfy its market, but grow it. There will be more international trade because of Flexport, and international trade is a very big thing for there to be more of.”
- Paul Graham

Technical challenges

1) The global freight forwarding industry operates using paper, spreadsheets and fax machines. We need to map all of this complexity and automate it using software.

2) The industry we're in is very complicated and building a simple user experience is a tough challenge. A huge benefit we have here is the users of our software work in our office so the feedback loop is exceptionally short, which is very rewarding.

Why join us?

1) We're operating in a multi trillion dollar market, global trade. Our first investor, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, says: "“Flexport is taking on automating shipping. Just imagine the potential energy to be released there. It’s 12% of the global economy. And it’s much of the backpressure constraining the other 88%. The potential energy is all the greater because this domain is currently so backward.”

2) We're growing really quickly. Over the past two months we've grown revenue 80% and we just raised a $65 million Series B. We're at a really exciting time in our history.

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Our Founders

Ryan Petersen


Our tech stack

  • Rails
  • React JS
  • Flux
  • Amazon AWS
  • Amazon RDS
  • React
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PostgreSQL
  • ES6
  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon S3

Our investors

  • Founders Fund
  • Google Ventures
  • First Round Capital
  • Bloomberg Beta
  • Susa Ventures
  • SV Angel
  • Alexis Ohanian
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • A Grade
  • Sherpalo Ventures
  • BoxGroup
  • winklevoss
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Felicis Ventures
  • FundersClub
  • Garry Tan
  • Paul Buchheit
  • Y Combinator
  • Sam Altman
  • Jeff Epstein
  • Peter Thiel