ChowNow founder on rethinking food delivery to serve local restaurants first

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Welcome back to Found, the TechCrunch podcasts that get the stories behind the startups. This week we’re joined by Chris Webb from Chow Now.

ChowNow started as a way for founder and CEO, Chris Webb and his friends to easily order from smaller local restaurants but eight years later when COVID hit ChowNow became known as a restaurant-friendly alternative to some of the larger players in the space. They began ranking in the app store organically and getting a boost in users and customers. Chris talks with Darrell and Jordan about the ”fast and steady” approach to building a lasting company and how to seize a moment when growth occurs. They also get into:

  • Balancing having an app or product that puts promotion of their customers (in this case, the restaurants) rather than the app itself.
  • Learning from working at Leeman during their infamous bankruptcy and never wanting to get too far over his skis as a founder so that they will fail too quickly aka being “fast and steady.”
  • The difference Chris has found between Silicon Valley investors and those in New York and LA and why he prefers to get money outside of the Valley.
  • The beauty of companies that have to change to last and the feeling of starting a new company every day.

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