What is DoorDash?
DoorDash is part of a growing number of food delivery services that use a technology similar to that of Uber and Lyft to deliver food and goods to consumers. DoorDash provides a delivery option for your favorite restaurants that don’t do delivery.
DoorDash is the brainchild of four Stanford students who wanted to help small businesses deal with the logistics of delivery. It all started when they were building a simple app to support a restaurateur.
Toward the end of the project, she told them what her most significant pain point was: having too many orders to deliver and not enough help. They reframed the app to help her solve her most difficult challenge.
The DoorDash team – Andy Fang, Stanley Tang, Tony Xu, and Evan Moore – were used to the convenience of on-demand food delivery in the cities they grew up in, and they wanted to bring that to the Stanford community.
So, in 2013 they built a prototype and had their first order within hours of launching the app. The app was a hit and has grown tremendously since.
The app is simple to use. Customers pay a flat fee for delivery plus the cost of the food via the app using a credit card.
DoorDash is primarily used for food delivery, but its founders say that it’s more about helping solve logistics challenges for small businesses. Their vision is to expand on that idea.
DoorDash is also committed to ending hunger. They are involved in a few programs – some self-initiated – that donate food or money to hunger based charities.