Disrupt London 2015
Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann stated in the present day at TechCrunch Disrupt London that his firm will launch in London someday within the second quarter of subsequent yr.
Postmates is dealing in a crowded on-demand market, with different startups like DoorDash and Sprig coming into supply of meals and different items. Rising internationally goes to be an necessary second for these startups because it alerts progress right into a a lot bigger firm, with Postmates already value almost $500 million.
There are nonetheless challenges to increasing to different cities in Europe. Berlin wouldn’t essentially work with the present mannequin, nor Paris, Lehmann stated. And the solely means the corporate would increase into Asian nations would doubtless be via a partnership, Lehmann stated.
“Asia is so troublesome, Uber has big issues there, Google doesn’t absolutely perceive it,” he stated. “There are super challenges, I don’t assume we will deal with Asia by ourselves, so I feel a partnership makes probably the most sense.”
Postmates’ enterprise is defensible at scale, he stated. “In the event you take a look at FedEx that’s the reply, that’s the place you’ll be able to have defensibility. And with that comes the defensibility on the know-how aspect. The tough half is you possibly can over-engineer originally. However with out scale, what you possibly can truly obtain with out know-how is nearly not fascinating.”
Postmates has definitely been busy. The corporate launched a supply program with Starbucks earlier this month. Postmates raised $eighty million in June this yr. It acquired Sosh, an exercise concierge service. And it continues to increase to new cities.
Postmates shouldn’t be essentially unfamiliar with London. Lehmann and his co-founders got here to the USA via AngelPad with an organization referred to as Curated.by, however ultimately began Postmates. A part of the rationale it went after meals supply was as a result of that helped the corporate construct its logistics enterprise, Lehmann stated.
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“The meals supply comes first. The rationale that comes first is, it’s okay to speak about this now. For the longest time meals supply has been a method for us to get your complete logistics enterprise of the corporate going,” Lehmann stated. “It was the class we would have liked to get the flywheel going.”
The corporate may also discover itself possible competing with Deliveroo because it continues to broaden internationally, Lehmann stated. There’s additionally the looming potential presence of Uber, which has a meals supply product and is already current in London with its driver product. However two corporations now share six buyers. Nonetheless, it led to a little bit of a humorous second between Lehmann and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
“He greeted me and stated see you within the trenches,” Lehmann stated. “I assumed it was humorous he was saying it to a German.”