goPuff was just named to the 2020 CNBC Top 50 Disruptors list - Philly


Jun. 17, 2020 8:29 pm

goPuff was just named to the 2020 CNBC Top 50 Disruptors list

The on-demand delivery biz was ranked among nationally known companies such as Airbnb and Duolingo.
Delivery to your door.

Delivery to your door.

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On-demand delivery biz goPuff was named to CNBC’s Top 50 Disruptors list for companies “transforming the economy, disrupting technology and changing industry,” the media company announced this week.

The seven-year-old goPuff made No. 22 on the list, joining the likes of GoodRx, Airbnb and Pittsburgh’s Duolingo.

The Top 50 list is selected by CNBC and editorial staff using quantitative and qualitative information submitted by the nominated companies. Disruptor 50 data partners PitchBook and IBISWorld provided additional quantitative input. In addition to CNBC’s editorial staff, the CNBC’s Disruptor 50 Advisory Council, a group of 55 leading thinkers in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, weighted the quantitative criteria and provided additional analysis of qualitative information, reported the media company.

“2019 was an exciting year of growth for goPuff, as we expanded into new markets across the country, introduced new product categories, and invested in new talent,” said cofounders Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola in a statement. “We’ve built and sustainably grown a company that not only disrupted an industry, but created an entirely new category — instant needs.”

The company now delivers to about 500 cities and has about 200 facilities across the U.S., it said. It saw a big year in 2019, opening its new HQ on 3rd and Spring Garden streets, and raising $750 million from Softbank last summer. And in the beginning of 2020, goPuff went on a hiring spree to deal with increased demand due to the stay-at-home orders across much of the U.S.


goPuff also recently partnered with Simply Good Jars, the local healthy meals-in-jars startup that recently pivoted to delivery because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“When all of our vending locations shuttered we reverted back and found there was a massive appetite and at the same time the evolution of our capabilities allowed the partnership to have merit,” Simply Good Jars CEO Jared Cannon told last month.

goPuff founders Ilishayev and Gola also recently donated $150,000 to Philly Startup Leaders for its idea-stage accelerator, and set up a $500,000 fund for Black and minority-owned startups.

The founders said they’re proud to be included among “the next generation of companies disrupting the status quo.”

“This award is a testament to our incredible team’s hard work this past year and we look forward to continuing to execute against our growth plans as we scale our business for the future,” they said.


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