ChowNow founder on rethinking food delivery to serve local restaurants first – MovieUpdates

Welcome back to Found it, the MovieUpdates podcasts that get the stories behind the startups. This week we are 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 bigger players in the space. They started to rank organically in the app store and got a boost in users and customers. Chris talks to Darrell and Jordan about the “quick and steady” approach to building a sustainable business and how to seize a moment of growth. They also come in:

  • Balancing with an app or product that advertises to 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 founder, so that they will fail too quickly, aka ‘fast and stable’.
  • The difference Chris has found between investors in Silicon Valley and those in New York and LA and why he prefers to get money outside the Valley.
  • The beauty of businesses that have to change to last and the feeling of starting a new business every day.

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