A month ago, Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty launched Favor in the Austin area to deliver food to your home or office.
Maurais and Doherty, graduated from California Polytechnic State University or Cal Poly and then went on to the Boost.VC accelerator program in January, and launched a Favor pilot program in San Luis Obispo. They completed more than 1,000 deliveries. The service has steadily grown in popularity, Maurais said. They raised a seed investment round of investment from Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Favor delivers Home Slice Pizza, East Side King, Torchy’s and all kinds of food fare from Austin’s eateries and even its food trucks.
The service works through a free App available for IOS devices, although an Android version is in the works. The App offers a curated list of popular restaurants. But customers can ask for whatever they want. Favor doesn’t limit the places to order from as long as they are in the service area. Once a request is submitted one of Favor’s verified “Favor Runners” will pick up your food and promptly deliver it to you. The deliveries cost a $5 flat fee plus tip.
The drivers wear bright blue tuxedo shirts and drive cars outfitted with oversized blue bowties.
Favor chose to relocate to Austin because of its strong tech community and its great food, Maurais said.
Favor launched in Austin on June 8th and currently serves central Austin. It is based at the Longhorn Startup Camp at the University of Texas at Austin.
Favor is working to build strategic partnerships with restaurants, Maurais said.