ZeroCater

  • Founders: Arram Sabeti
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Year Founded: 2009
  • Year Romulus Invested: 2015

ZeroCater removes stress from corporate catering. A catering concierge, ZeroCater brings employees together, builds culture, and fosters community—all over lunch. ZeroCater partners with the best local pop-up kitchens, gourmet food trucks, restaurants, private chefs, and caterers in the Bay Area, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC, making it easy for companies to feed their employees wholesome, delicious food.

The ZeroCater-Romulus story: We were introduced to Arram through a mutual friend, an early employee at Dropbox who knew Arram through the YCombinator network. ZeroCater’s incredible operational efficiency, which allowed it to achieve $100M in sales with only $1.5M raised, impressed us. We partnered with the company to help take it to the next stage of growth.

Romulus value in action: Executing. ZeroCater’s intense focus on air-tight execution takes the headache of corporate catering away from corporates themselves. Similarly, ZeroCater is an incredibly well-run, well-operated business that aligns with our execution-first values.

ZeroCater raises $4.1 million to keep office workers well-fed in the U.S.

While it seems like a new food delivery business launches or gets funded every season in the U.S., several have scaled back, like Sprig, or shut down entirely like Spoonrocket.

Among those that have survived, however, are smart sites and apps serving the office-catering corner of the industry, a $20 billion market in the U.S. alone according to research from Technomic….

 

ZeroCater Hits $100 Million In Sales With Only $1.5 Million In Funding

This past Wednesday I read an article on CNBC announcing that ZeroCater had surpassed $100 million dollars in revenue and now serves tens of thousands of meals per day. With all that is going on in the foodtech space, this may just seem like another startup success story, but one important detail makes the ZeroCater story different: CEO Arram Sabeti built his four-year-old, $100 million dollar company with no venture capital and a mere $1.5 million in funding…