Explore our new Generative AI Database, featuring 35+ companies leading the sector.Read more

Instacart workers filling an order at a supermarket in Los Angeles. Photo by Bloomberg

Food Delivery Apps Arm for War: The Information’s Tech Briefing

Photo: Instacart workers filling an order at a supermarket in Los Angeles. Photo by Bloomberg

Instacart and GoPuff each announced new fundraisings on Thursday, a sign that food-delivery services are arming themselves with plenty of cash for what looks to be a winter of intense competition.

Instacart, which became the market leader during the pandemic, raised $200 million at a valuation of $17.7 billion. That’s a sizable increase from just four months ago, when Instacart raised $225 million at a valuation of $13.5 billion. Meanwhile, GoPuff, the Philadelphia-based firm known for delivering convenience store items, raised $380 million at a $3.9 billion valuation. It plans to expand the range of items it delivers to include grocery items, over-the-counter medicines and baby and pet products.

Access on the go
View stories on our mobile app and tune into our weekly podcast.
Join live video Q&A’s
Deep-dive into topics like startups and autonomous vehicles with our top reporters and other executives.
Enjoy a clutter-free experience
Read without any banner ads.
Art by Clark Miller
The AI Age e-commerce ai
How to Grease a Chatbot: E-Commerce Companies Seek a Backdoor Into AI Responses
When Andy Wilson’s company received its first successful client referral through ChatGPT, he was shaken to his core.
Chris Britt, co-founder and CEO of Chime.
Exclusive startups Finance
Chime’s Slowdown Highlights Limits of Bank Disruptors
Chime found a way to offer zero-fee banking services without being a bank itself. But that approach is starting to show its limits.
Art by Clark Miller.
Exclusive startups crypto
MoonPay CEO, Other Executives Cashed Out Before Crypto Business Dropped
In November 2021, just as crypto prices were hitting all-time highs, MoonPay—a crypto payments startup that celebrities including Jimmy Fallon and Paris Hilton had praised for its non-fungible token “concierge” service— announced it had completed its first ever outside fundraising: an eye-popping $555 million round at a $3.4 billion valuation from investors including Tiger Global Management and Coatue Management.
Art by Clark Miller
The Big Read markets Finance
The Master of Destruction Rides Again
In the spring of 2022, the irascible Wall Street short seller Marc Cohodes was in a particularly foul mood.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. Photo by Bloomberg
semiconductors ai
Why Nvidia Aids Cloud Rivals of AWS, Google and Microsoft
Nvidia’s business of selling chips for artificial intelligence is going gangbusters, but the company faces a looming problem.
Tim Cook. Photo by Bloomberg
Exclusive apple ar/vr
Apple’s Learning Curve: How Headset’s Design Caused Production Challenges
If Apple unveils its long-awaited mixed-reality headset next week as expected, it will represent the company’s riskiest gamble on a new product since the iPhone.