Door Dash founders Andy Fang, Tony Xu, and Stanley Tang. Photo courtesy of Door Dash
Coming off a successful launch in the Bay Area, the Uber for food delivery has arrived on the Westside
Like any good business idea, the founders of DoorDash set out to address a common problem. Local restaurants cannot afford nor do they want to provide delivery service.
In the same way that Uber connects consumers with drivers for a ride, DoorDash provides a peer-to-peer network that connects people with drivers who willing to deliver food from select area restaurants. Customers pay a $7 surcharge, DoorDash takes a small commission and drivers can make up to $20 per hour. In less than its first year in the Bay Area, DoorDash has facilitated tens of millions of dollars in sales, said co-founder Tony Xu .
“We want to be that logistics arm that makes it super easy for customers to get a convenient reliable delivery service, super easy for merchants to prevent that loss of sales and a great opportunity for man thousands of folks looking for flexible work,” Xu said.
So far, the service extends in Los Angeles from Santa Monica to Venice and Marina Del Rey with some of the highest quality restaurants among its selections. Xu said the company has plans to expand further throughout Los Angeles and eventually into more markets.
“It’s definitely a good start,” he said. “I can see us having thousands of restaurants. Our goal is to be a utility in the household. If you look at it, households have more and more choices to get back their time to do the things they want to do. Small businesses need a way to continue surviving and thriving. And to the millions of people in this country looking for work, we can be a channel toward that. So it’s a great way to empower a local economy.”
Customers using the DoorDash system can place an order from a computer or mobile phone and receive up-to-the-minute status on the driver’s location to ensure fast and reliable service. The company was so successful in the Bay Area that at least three pizza chains have asked DoorDash to take over their delivery service.
“At the end of the day we are a technology company but the bigger picture is here we want to empower everyone in a local economy,” Xu said.