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GrubHub Inc
Public
Traded as NYSEGRUB
Industry online platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery
Headquarters Chicago, IL, U.S.
Area served
United States
Key people
Brian McAndrews, Chairman
Matt Maloney, CEO
Website www.grubhub.com

GrubHub Inc. is a mobile and online food-ordering company that connects diners and corporate businesses with thousands of takeout restaurants in more than 700 U.S. cities and London. GrubHub Inc. employs a transactional business model, and the service is free for diners. In 2013, the company sent more than $1 billion in gross food sales to local takeout restaurants, processing roughly 174,000 orders on a daily basis. GrubHub Inc. has served more than 4.19 million unique diners in the last 12 months.

Overview[edit]

Two formerly separate companies, Seamless and GrubHub, formed the combined organization, GrubHub Inc, following a merger completed in August 2013. GrubHub Inc. has a portfolio of brands that includes GrubHub, Seamless, MenuPages and Allmenus. The company has offices in Chicago, New York City and London.

An executive team that draws on leaders from both organizations governs GrubHub Seamless. Matt Maloney, former co-founder and CEO of GrubHub serves as CEO of the combined organization, with Jonathan Zabusky, former CEO of Seamless, serving as president and Adam DeWitt, former GrubHub CFO, serving as CFO.

Brands[edit]

The GrubHub Inc. portfolio contains four brands: GrubHub, Seamless, MenuPages (previously owned by Seamless) and Allmenus (previously owned by GrubHub).

GrubHub[edit]

GrubHub is an online and mobile food ordering service that shows diners local restaurants available for delivery or pick up. Diners who order through GrubHub's free website or mobile apps can pay with cash, credit or PayPal.

GrubHub products[edit]

Diner products
GrubHub diner products include the GrubHub.com website and the GrubHub mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. The mobile apps feature Track Your Grub, GrubHub's system for providing diners with real-time notifications and order mapping.
Restaurant products
GrubHub restaurant products include OrderHub, an in-restaurant tablet that helps streamline the order confirmation process, and DeliveryHub, a delivery driver app that helps drivers to be more efficient with their delivery routes. These two products link together to provide real-time updates to GrubHub diners through Track Your Grub.

Seamless[edit]

Seamless is an online and mobile food ordering service founded by Jason Finger and Paul Appelbaum that shows diners local restaurants available for delivery or pick up. Seamless serves diners and more than 4,000 corporate businesses in the U.S. and London. Additionally, Seamless offers free apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry devices.

Seamless products[edit]

Diner products
Seamless' diner products include the Seamless.com website and the Seamless apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry devices. The website features Food Tracker, Seamless' system for providing diners with real-time progress notifications.
Restaurant products
Seamless' restaurant products include Boost, an in-restaurant tablet that helps to streamline the order confirmation process.
Corporate client products
Seamless' corporate product allows businesses to consolidate all food ordering and subsequent billing into a single account. The product provides three ways to order:
  1. Individual meals: For businesses that pay for, or subsidize, employee meals, this feature enables individual employees to order from local restaurants while eliminating the hassle of expense reports.
  2. Group ordering: This feature enables employees in a group to order individual meals from a pre-selected group of restaurants. Each meal is labeled and packaged separately, delivered together and can paid for by either the company or individual employees in the group.
  3. Corporate catering: Corporate clients can order online from dozens of the most popular caterers available in their cities.

MenuPages[edit]

MenuPages was acquired by Seamless in September 2011 and lists more than 50,000 restaurant menus.

Allmenus[edit]

Allmenus was acquired by GrubHub in September 2011 and lists more than 250,000 restaurant menus.

History[edit]

GrubHub history[edit]

Chicago-based GrubHub was founded in 2004 by two web developers, Matt Maloney and Mike Evans, who were looking for an alternative to paper menus.[1] Two years later, Maloney and Evans won first place in the University of Chicago Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge with the business plan for GrubHub.[2]

In November 2007, GrubHub secured $1.1 million in Series A funding (led by Amicus Capital and Origin Ventures), which enabled market expansion into San Francisco and New York.[3] In March 2009, GrubHub earned $2 million in Series B funding, led by Origin Ventures and Leo Capital,[4] which was followed by $11 million in Series C funding, led by Benchmark Capital in November 2010.[5] $20 million in Series D funding was raised (led by DAG Ventures) in March 2011.[6]

In September 2011, GrubHub secured $50 million in Series E funding and acquired New York-based competitor Dotmenu, the parent company of Allmenus and Campusfood.[7]

In May 2012, GrubHub debuted OrderHub, an in-restaurant tablet technology that streamlines the order confirmation process.[8] Later that year in November, GrubHub introduced Track Your Grub, a set of features that provides diners with real-time notifications and order mapping.[9]

Seamless history[edit]

In 1999, New York lawyer Jason Finger founded SeamlessWeb in order to provide companies with a web-based system for ordering food from restaurants and caterers.[10] Six years later, in 2005, SeamlessWeb introduced a free ordering service to consumer diners to complement the existing corporate-ordering service.[11]

In April 2006, SeamlessWeb was acquired by Aramark and integrated into its Food, Hospitalities, and Facilities segment.[12]

Jonathan Zabusky was named President of Seamless in 2009,[13] and by June 2011, Seamless was re-privatized, as Spectrum Equity invested $50 million for a minority stake in the company from Aramark. The company then changed its name from SeamlessWeb to Seamless.[14]

In September 2011, Seamless acquired MenuPages,[15] and in February 2012, Seamless introduces the industry's first iPad app.[16]

GrubHub–Seamless merger[edit]

In May 2013, GrubHub and Seamless announced that they were merging, and the merger closed in early August 2013.[17]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • 2004 – Jason Finger wins Innovator of the Year by the Corporate Executive Council and SeamlessWeb designated Inc. magazine's 4th fastest-growing private company in the US.[18]
  • 2005 – Jason Finger designated finalist in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.[19]
  • 2006 – Matt Maloney and Mike Evans win first place in the University of Chicago Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge with the business plan for GrubHub.[20]
  • 2006 – Seamless is selected as one of Time Magazine's 50 Coolest Websites for 2006.[21]
  • 2007 – Seamless co-founder and CEO, Jason Finger, wins the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for E-Services and Crain's 40 under 40.[22]
  • 2010 – GrubHub receives the Illinois Technology Association's Rising Star Award.[23]
  • 2011 – GrubHub's co-founders, Matt Maloney and Mike Evans, are named finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.[24]
  • 2012 – GrubHub is named among the 10 most innovative food companies by Fast Company.[25]
  • 2012 – Seamless is named No. 40 in Business Insider's THE DIGITAL100: The World's Most Valuable Private Tech Companies.[26]
  • 2012 – GrubHub's co-founders, Matt Maloney and Mike Evans, are named finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.[27]
  • 2012 – GrubHub is named Breakthrough Digital Company of the Year and co-founder and CEO Matt Maloney is named CEO of the Year at Built In Chicago's first annual Moxie Awards.[28]
  • 2013 – Seamless wins Best in Show and Best Wildcard App in MediaPost's 2013 Appy Awards.[29]

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