Apoorva Mehta

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Apoorva Mehta is the Indian-Canadian founder of the grocery delivery company Instacart.[1][2] In 2020, Mehta became a billionaire at the age of 33.[2][3] As of 2021, his company was valued at $39 billion.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Mehta was born in 1986 in India.[5] He moved to Libya shortly after he was born, and then to Hamilton, Ontario Canada when he was 14.[2][5] He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an electrical engineering degree.[2][6][7]

Early career[edit]

Mehta worked as a design engineer at Blackberry and Qualcomm before joining Amazon in 2008.[5][6][8] While at Amazon, he worked as a supply-chain engineer.[5][8] Mehta left Amazon and moved to San Francisco in 2010.[8] Between 2010 and 2012, he launched 20 startups, all of which failed.[5][2][6]


He founded Instacart in 2012.[2] That year, he tried to apply for funding through Y Combinator but missed the deadline. He eventually got a meeting by sending a pack of beer to a Y Combinator partner using his grocery delivery service and was later admitted.[8][9] By 2020, Mehta had become a billionaire at age 33 with a 10% stake in his company.[2] In 2021, Instacart was valued at $39 billion.[4] In July 2021, Mehta stepped down as CEO and is now serving as the executive chairman. Fidji Simo, former head of the Facebook app, is Instacart's new CEO.[10][11] [12]

Mehta was included on Forbes 30 under 30 in 2013.[8] In 2021, he was included on the Time 100 Next.[13]


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  10. ^ "This CEO stepped down from his position to make space for somebody who he felt would be a better CEO for his company". unstop.com. 22 Jul 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
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