“The long-term trends are likely to remain unchanged”: Interview with Bolt’s co-founder Martin Villig

We already know that food delivery apps have soared in popularity in the past few months, but what about e-scooter rental and ride-sharing taxi apps? Tallinn-based Bolt (2013, formerly Taxify), who has a user-base of +30 million globally, has been managing these three unique but connected sectors during the pandemic. While their ride services dropped […]

Uber pushes into on-demand public transit with its first SaaS partnership

Uber will manage an on-demand service for Marin County in the San Francisco Bay area with a software as a service product as part of ride-hailing company’s broader strategy to push into public transit. Marin Transit will pay Uber a subscription fee to use its management software to facilitate requesting, matching and tracking of its […]

Dublin-based Buymie nabs €5.8 million for its same-day grocery delivery

Today online grocery delivery startup Buymie, which we recently featured in our 10 online supermarket startups zooming through 2020 list, has announced a raise of €5.8 million, bringing its total capital raised this year to over €8 million. Founded in 2015, this Irish startup brings any grocery or household item from local stores to the user’s house, offering a […]

Why are unicorns pushing back IPOs when the Nasdaq is near record highs?

The unicorns are still at it, Vision Fund 2 or no Vision Fund 2. This week, Instacart announced that it has raised fresh capital at a valuation north of $13 billion. And, on the tail of that news item, DoorDash is looking to add more cash at a valuation that could stretch to a pre-money […]

“This is just the beginning for online grocery services”: Interview with Mindful Chef’s co-founder Giles Humphries

With all of us in Europe confined to our homes during the past few months, food delivery services have boomed. Whether it’s online grocery delivery, restaurant delivery services like Glovo, or pre-prepared food boxes with all ingredients weighed out ready for cooking, the sector is certainly riding the wave. But this could be more than […]

How Grab adapted after COVID-19 hit its ride-hailing business

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft. Grab, Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company, has also been impacted, but the company has adapted by quickly transitioning many of its ride-hailing drivers to its on-demand delivery verticals and expanding services needed by customers during social distancing measures. The company […]