24 Feb On-Demand Startups that are Secretly Characters from Downton Abbey

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At first glance, the day-to-day existence of an Edwardian-era Yorkshire aristocrat bears scant resemblance to that of a modern Silicon Valley technophile. Not so! The innumerable conveniences afforded by On-Demand startups have succeeded in bridging the glaring generational, geographic, and Grantham-y gaps that divide the two. In a historical twist that would have surely left the Dowager Countess with a perma-scowl, the ubiquity of smartphones and VC-funding have extended such luxuries as personal chefs, drivers, and butlers to the common plebe—no pedigree required.


 Mrs. Patmore — Head Cook

Startups: KitchitChefmadeKitchensurfing, Farm Hill, Sprig

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 Mr. Carson — Butler

Startups: AlfredGoButlerMagicOperator

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Dr. Clarkson — Physician

Startups:  Pager, TalkspaceDoctor On Demand, Heal

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Branson — Chauffer

Startups: LyftUberShuddleChariot, ClickMechanic, Honk

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 Mr. Bates — Valet

Startups: zTailorsStitch FixStyleSeatSuit SupplyStyle Lenddownton abbey


 Nanny West — Domestic Care Provider

Startups: UrbanSitterSittercityCare.comHonorRover, Dog Vacay

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 Anna — Head Housemaid

Startups: HandyCleanlyWashmenLaundryheapWashplusdownton abbey


Tim Drewe — Tenant Farmer

Startups: FarmigoHungry HarvestImperfect ProduceOooobyGrubMarket

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 Dowager Countess of Grantham — Floral Hobbyist 

Startups: UrbanStems, BloomThat, BloomNation, Farmgirl Flowers

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George Murray — Lawyer

Startups: UpCounsel, Lawyers On Demand, Casetext, Clerky

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