upstarts shyp

30-year-old Kevin Gibbon is working to simplify the tedious shipping process.

Using the Shyp app, users can take a picture of an item they want to send and click a few buttons. Within 20 minutes, one of Shyp's couriers will pick it up, package it and ship it using the best carrier option.

"We are 100% focused on the consumer," said Gibbon.

Shyp is investing in technology to constantly improve its logistics and operations. The startup invested in a box-cutting machine so it can create custom boxes for every order. That helps minimize dimensional weight of boxes -- and therefore cuts down on shipping costs.

Gibbon, who is based in San Francisco, launched Shyp in 2013 and has raised $62.2 million in funding from investors like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Homebrew.

The service costs $5 (on top of shipping) and is available in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. (There's also a Returns service, which is $5 per pickup.) -- S.O.

First published June 24, 2015: 8:22 AM ET

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