Cloud Pinup: DoorDash – SaaS Restaurant Delivery »

People love eating out. One of the most observable trends over the last few decades has been the increased propensity for people to head out to dinner, rather than cooking at home. Fact is, people are busy and cooking can be a huge hassle. Not only do you have to cook, but ingredients need to be purchased and dishes have to be cleaned. Sometimes, even eating out can be a hassle. Perhaps you had a long day at work or are feeling a little under the weather. You don’t feel like cooking, and at the same time you don’t feel like going out to eat. In the past this often meant throwing something in the microwave or having a pizza delivered.


Luckily, the cloud is providing an ever increasing number of SaaS restaurant delivery app options with sites such as Justeat, Grubhub, UberEats and now with DoorDash. With DoorDash, you can now have premium restaurant cooked meals delivered right to your door. The service is currently available in numerous cities and regions across the United States, including Silicon Valley, Manhattan, Houston, Chicago, and Washington D.C. DoorDash is also rapidly expanding, so if their service isn’t available in your area yet, make sure you keep your eye out.

Unlike other food delivery services, there is no minimum order size, and the company aims to have food at your doorstep within an hour. Local restaurants as well as major chains, such as California Pizza and the Cheesecake Factory, have already signed up, so customers have plenty of options.

DoorDash is another one of those great dorm room startups, founded by students at Stanford University. The company is focused on building a highly-efficient logistics system and aims to empower local communities by creating jobs and making it easier for local restaurants to sell their food. Like Uber, food drivers -called “Dashers”- are subcontracted, can set their own hours, and can potentially earn as much as $25 dollars an hour.

tony-xuOn the company side DoorDash is being led by a group of young enterprising entrepreneurs armed with top-notch degrees and a good mix of real world experience. Cofounder Tony Xu holds a Stanford MBA and previously worked for McKinsey. Cofounder Stanley Tang also holds a Stanford degree, is a successful online entrepreneur, and has written the popular “eMillions” book. Andy Fang, another cofounder, is likewise a Stanford graduate and worked at Facebook.

DoorDash recently received a $17.3 million dollar round of venture funding led by Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, CRV, and Pejman Mar Ventures. With heavyweights like Sequoia backing the company, it’s unlikely they’ll have trouble raising capital in the future.

This company looks promising, to say the least, and could be the next industry game-changer in this burgeoning industry.

By Brian Brinker

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