⏱️ Finding your niche

Plus, how DoorDash and Hipcamp have evolved their business models

2nd May 2021 | 1st Edition

1. Chowbus: Finding your niche

Ever heard of Chowbus? They’re a US-based marketplace that delivers authentic Asian dishes from independent restaurants and food markets. Chowbus has taken the US by storm and their CEO and co-founder, Linxin Wen, talks to A16Z about the importance of finding your niche.

Read the full article here: https://a16z.com/2021/04/07/niche-marketplaces/


2. DoorDash: New merchant pricing plans

DoorDash, the food takeout and delivery marketplace, has rolled out three new pricing plans for their merchants. The changes simplify pricing structures and are much easier to understand. Commission rates range from 21% - 36% depending on the merchant’s marketing and support needs.

Read the full article here: https://get.doordash.com/blog/new-partnership-plans?hs_preview=uGBYDTFW-45906631757


3. Hipcamp: Supply, Demand and the Outdoors

For those who don’t know, Hipcamp is basically the Airbnb for outdoor stays - think camping, glamping, RV parks and treehouses. Hipcamp CEO and co-founder, Alyssa Ravasio, talks to Founder’s Field Guide in a lively discussion about how she bootstrapped the business, the evolution of their business model (and take rates), and why they’ve needed to create supply-side standards.

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes/95054383/ravasio-supply-demand-and-the-outdoors?tab=blocks


4: BlaBlaCar: Raise $115m at a $2m valuation

Carpooling and transportation marketplace, BlaBlaCar, has raised $155m in their recent funding round. However, they've got their sights set on a possible public listing. Sifted reports on how they survived the global pandemic and their road to IPO.

Read the full article here: https://sifted.eu/articles/blablacar-raise-115m/


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