Apparently TechCrunch HQ isn’t the only office that hates having to deal with coordinating lunch.
Today ZeroCater, a startup that looks to help make your office’s lunchtime as painless as possible by handling all of the logistics for you (see our past coverage), is announcing that it has raised $1.5 million.
This new round is in addition to earlier investments from Y Combinator and StartFund (in fact, both SV Angel and Yuri Milner, who make up StartFund, have made additional investments). Here’s the full list of investors, which includes some big names:
Yuri Milner & Felix Shpilman
ZeroCater’s promise is to remove the hassle of ordering lunch for employees on a regular basis. Companies sign up, tell ZeroCater how many mouths they’re feeding and if anyone has special dietary requests, then lets ZeroCater arrange the rest. The startup works out deals with local restaurants to ensure prompt delivery — and because ZeroCater can guarantee large order sizes, high-end restaurants that wouldn’t typically offer delivery often participate. ZeroCater also does its best to rotate between different restaurants so you don’t get sick of eating the same thing over and over.
The service is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, and cofounder Arram Sabeti says that the startup plans to use the money to expand into other areas. Next up: New York City.
The best ideas happen over food. ZeroCater makes it simple for companies to feed their employees by sourcing meals from the best local pop-up kitchens, gourmet food trucks, restaurants, private chefs and caterers. Founded in 2009, ZeroCater currently serves the San Francisco Bay Area and our clients include Sony, Foursquare, Rackspace and Pivotal Labs, to name a few. ZeroCater has raised over $1.5M from investors including Y Combinator, Paul Buchheit, Keith Rabois, SV Angel, and Yuri Milner.