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|Industry||Catering , foodservice|
|Ali Sabeti (CEO)|
ZeroCater is a foodservice company headquartered in San Francisco, CA, specializing in providing companies with catered meals from local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. The company expanded its offerings in 2017 to include a fully customizable solution for office snacking called ZeroCater Snacks and Kitchens. In 2018, the company expanded its offerings to deliver alcohol with ZeroCater Pours. The company launched Enterprise Catering for companies with 500 or more employees in 2019. ZeroCater currently feeds thousands of companies including, Slack, PagerDuty, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Salesforce, JUUL, and Cisco Meraki. As of November 2017, ZeroCater operates in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, Washington D.C. and Chicago.
ZeroCater was founded in 2009 by Arram Sabeti. As an early employee at Justin.tv (now Twitch.tv) Arram was responsible for ordering lunch for their office. He created a process to make it easy to order from a variety of local restaurants. Soon other companies began asking for his list of restaurants. Sensing this might be a new business opportunity, Arram left Justin.tv to work full-time on what would become ZeroCater. After running the business on a spreadsheet and bootstrapping for 18 months ZeroCater was accepted into the Winter 2011 class of Y Combinator and placed first on Demo Day.
In 2011, ZeroCater raised a $1.5m seed round from investors including Paul Buchheit (the creator of Gmail and Google’s unofficial ‘Don’t be evil’ motto), SV Angel, and Vaizra. In 2016, ZeroCater raised a $4.1m Series A. In 2018, ZeroCater raised $12m Series B with Cleveland Avenue, founded by the former CEO of McDonald's. 
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