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Entrepreneur Jesse Kaplan moved to New York last summer, and immediately ran into a familiar problem: If you don't live in a building with a doorman, getting packages delivered to your house can be an unbelievable hassle. Whether it's trying to chase down the UPS deliveryman down the block or trying to translate one of those USPS pink package slips, it is just no fun. "I started coming home every day to a door...
Greenpoint’s Silicon Valley–esque cowork space The Yard is home to dozens of local start-ups, some as small as a single laptop. It's here that the pocket-sized headquarters of Vyer Films can be found, amid minimal white tables and long, low couches—all that's missing is a ping-pong table. An elevator pitch for Vyer Films might go something like, “Netflix for independent films,” but to leave it at that would be missing the point. A more nuanced pitch...

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