Instacart

  • Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million

    Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million

    On-demand grocery startup Instacart is working on raising a big new round of funding, according to sources. The new financing, which we've heard is being led by non-VC investors, would value the company at $400 million. Read More

  • Yo Instacart, Can I Get Some Shareable Grocery Lists?

    Yo Instacart, Can I Get Some Shareable Grocery Lists?

    I suck at grocery shopping, at least compared to some of my friends. One knows exactly what vegetables go into a killer get-the-hell-out-of-bed smoothie. A gymrat buddy can suggest a healthier alternative to every food. And my favorite drunk has the cocktail bar essentials memorized. Some of them already use grocery delivery service Instacart. Now I want them to be able to do the shopping for me. Read More

  • With Revenue Up 2.4X In The Past Two Months, Instacart Lands In NYC

    With Revenue Up 2.4X In The Past Two Months, Instacart Lands In NYC

    Instacart, the grocery delivery service popular in Chicago, San Francisco and other locations, landed in New York City today. I spoke to Instacart this morning about the New York City addition, which it described as something of an evolution. Each city is unique in its makeup, design, weather and so forth, but it seems that New York City is more unique than other municipalities. To serve the… Read More

  • On Strength Of Chicago’s Growth, Instacart Launches Grocery-Delivery Service In Boston

    On Strength Of Chicago’s Growth, Instacart Launches Grocery-Delivery Service In Boston

    Grocery-delivery service Instacart today launched in Boston, its third market after the Bay Area and Chicago. The company said it will serve the entire Boston metropolitan area within the next few months. That rate of expansion is normal for the firm, which took its time spreading out over the greater Bay Area, and is currently continuing to cover more of Chicagoland. Instacart CEO Apoorva… Read More

  • Instacart Eyes 10 New US Markets For 2014 While Its Relationship With Trader Joe’s Remains On Hold

    Instacart Eyes 10 New US Markets For 2014 While Its Relationship With Trader Joe’s Remains On Hold

    Grocery delivery service Instacart recently opened up shop in Chicago, marking its first expansion outside of the Bay Area. Despite self-described strong unit economics and a service that is quite popular in its home market, the company was slow to expand geographically. Before the Chicago move, if you asked Instacart why, their answer was simple: They wanted to lock down their model before they… Read More

  • Where Webvan Failed And How Home Delivery 2.0 Could Succeed

    Where Webvan Failed And How Home Delivery 2.0 Could Succeed

    Webvan is well-known as the poster child of the dot-com "excess" bubble that led to the tech market crash in 2000. Business schools study Webvan’s overly ambitious rush to the biggest IPO to date in Silicon Valley, as a prime example of what to avoid doing while scaling. Are those mistakes being repeated a dozen years later in the slew of activity -- even excitement -- in the home-delivery… Read More

  • Instacart, Growing Rapidly In Chicago, Adds Recipes To Its Grocery Delivery Service

    Instacart, Growing Rapidly In Chicago, Adds Recipes To Its Grocery Delivery Service

    Today Instacart, a grocery delivery service, added an initial set of recipes to its service, helping customers purchase groups of items that combine into finished dishes. For the non-chef among us (hello, my name is Alex), this is a boon. The news is small for the day: Instacart has curated a list of recipes that its users can access. However, the company told TechCrunch that it intends to greatly… Read More

  • Growing 10% Weekly, Grocery Delivery Service Instacart Expands To Chicago

    Growing 10% Weekly, Grocery Delivery Service Instacart Expands To Chicago

    Grocery delivery service Instacart today added its first new major market, expanding to Chicago. The company found its footing in the San Francisco Bay Area, growing its cadre of stores to include Costco, Trader Joe's, and its own hybrid solution that in some cases can offer foodstuffs at prices lower than local grocery stores. Read More

  • Growing 35% Monthly, Instacart Introduces “Express,” Its Amazon Prime Equivalent For Grocery Delivery

    Growing 35% Monthly, Instacart Introduces “Express,” Its Amazon Prime Equivalent For Grocery Delivery

    Instacart, a popular Bay Area grocery delivery service, released its "Express" service option to the general public today. Express, akin to Amazon Prime, charges a flat yearly fee of $99, which gives customers free deliveries with minor restrictions. Express had been in a lengthy beta to ensure that its economics worked for Instacart itself. Read More

  • How Instacart Hacked YC

    How Instacart Hacked YC

    Editor’s note: Apoorva Mehta is the founder of YC-backed Instacart, a startup that's taking on 1-hour grocery delivery. He previously worked on supply chain infrastructure at Amazon.com. Getting into Y-Combinator is hard enough; but getting in two months late and as a single founder is almost impossible. This is how I hacked my way in. It was June, and I decided to apply to Y-Combinator. Read More