SpoonRocket is proud to announce that we have partnered up with SnapCard to start accepting Bitcoin on our website. Our reason for this? The belief that it's up to us to make the world a better place. Though we're not saying that Bitcoin is the future and makes for a better world, we are saying that we are not afraid to try something new in hopes of pushing the world forward. You know as they say, not trying is the ultimate failure. SpoonRocket itself was founded on the principle that we could make the world a better place by providing a more convenient way for people to feed themselves than anything else that has ever existed, on the insight that mobile technology can help us achieve this. Having a meal delivered in 10-15 minutes is incredible, if not magical; and before the advent of internet-connected mobile phones, what we do here at SpoonRocket would have been a logistics nightmare. We believe that accepting Bitcoin is one of those bold next steps that is in our very nature to take in our mission to build a better tomorrow.
Today we also have the honor of having Bitcoin economist Kevin Zhou from Buttercoin joining us in this blog post to elaborate more on Bitcoin.
By partnering with Snapcard, SpoonRocket will start accepting bitcoin as a new payment option starting this Friday. Bitcoin is an emerging peer-to-peer virtual currency which allows you to send value over the internet globally without a bank or central authority. It functions as a decentralized payments network and offers to reduce fees, settlement times, and other frictions associated with traditional payments. Bitcoin is secured by the same state-of-the-art cryptography used by the military.
Today is the final day of the Gift Swap and by the looks of everything, you’re having fun with it. Yesterday, we saw some really great gifts exchanged from original art work to homemade cookies, to laser cut snowflakes, and lots of other fun creative gifts! We hope the goodness continues today; we’re really enjoying seeing all your creativity and holiday spirit.
Just a reminder, if you’d like to enter the contest to win a year’s worth of SpoonRocket, make sure to load the picture of the gift you receive to Instagram with #SRGiftSwap before 7pm tonight. We will be tallying all the “likes” each picture gets to determine the winner.
We will be announcing the winner later tonight on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and our blog. Thanks for being a part of the Gift Swap its been a ton of fun!
Happy Holidays Rocketeers!
Today’s the start of our SpoonRocket Gift Swap and we’re looking forward to the next couple of days. We can’t wait to see all the fun gifts that you exchange with each other. And we’re excited to see who wins the year’s worth of SpoonRocket tomorrow night.
Haven’t heard of the SpoonRocket Gift Swap yet? No worries, it’s just our version of a White Elephant Gift Exchange, here’s how it works.
First, Just find a gift worth less than $10 that is fun, quirky, or interesting. You can grab something from your house, make something, re-gift something from your office party or buy new. No need to wrap it or put a bow on it.
Next, order a delicious meal from SpoonRocket and bring the gift down with you when you pick up your order. Hand your gift to your driver and they will give you a gift from another Rocketeer. It’s that simple.
Finally, If you’d like to have a chance to win a year’s worth of SpoonRocket, take a picture of the gift you received and post it to Instagram with #SRGiftSwap. Don’t forget the hashtag because that’s how we’re going to count the number of “likes” your picture gets. Whoever has the picture with the most “likes” wins a year of SpoonRocket, and the person who donated the gift gets a month of free SpoonRocket.
We hope you all have fun with this!
It’s been quite a year for us here at SpoonRocket. During this week of giving thanks to the people most important to us, we want to thank you, our faithful Rocketeers.
In celebration of Thanksgiving (and one of the busiest weeks of the year), we’re inviting you to give a free meal to a friend, co-worker, family member or neighbor when you buy one for yourself. Buy One, Get One, Give One meals are being offered to San Francisco and East Bay residents from Monday, November 24th through Sunday, November 30th, excluding Thanksgiving Day. Anyone who orders one of SpoonRocket’s healthy, fresh meals will be given the option to get a second meal, free, to share with a person of their choice.
We have prepared special meals all week, including the popular Slow-Cooked Korean Beef Short-Rib Stew on Tuesday, a Delicious Turkey Dinner on the menu for Wednesday, our Famous Boneless Short Ribs on Friday, and Spicy Buffalo Wings for the big games throughout the weekend. Vegetarian options will also be available each day.
We’re also thankful to be a member of the San Francisco Bay Area community. This is where we all work and live and we’re always interested in how we can contribute back. In this spirit, will be making food donations to the St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Program to help feed people in need throughout the week.
Finally, we know how hectic the weekend of shopping can be, particularly for the retail workers that are putting in long hours to help everyone with their Holiday shopping. We’re offering a free meal on Black Friday to anyone working in retail to be delivered to the curbside of their place of work. By entering the coupon code: THANKS, during check-out enables retail workers to redeem their free meal.
Once again, thank you very much Rocketeers for allowing us to build this business with you and fulfill our mission of getting people “Good Food Fast”.
If you live in the western half of San Francisco, you’ve probably noticed it’s pretty hard to get a meal lately. Today we’re excited to announce a permanent fix.
One of the realities of building our business (or any business) has been the more people like and use our product, the more challenges we have! This is a problem we’re grateful to all of you for. It’s rewarding to see our customers like SpoonRocket as much as we could hope.
We started this business because we think technology can bring all of us good food, very fast. But not every challenge we face is purely technological. In order to get you fresh meals in minutes, we require kitchens in the right locations to cook the right amount of meals at the right times. We simply can’t be the most convenient meal ever without being at your door fast. So we’ve invested in fixing it. Our new operations begin November 5th and we hope you’ll like all the improvements.
We've had the chance to hear from many of you in these communities and understand your frustrations with not being able order from us. We owe you better service and a better experience using SpoonRocket, and that’s what we’re going to do. So we’re building kitchens and systems right now, and committing to serving you quickly and reliably again by November 5th.
And we’d like to finish by saying thank you. Truly, thank you. You gave us a challenge most startups dream of, and we’re excited to get it right, the right way, for good. We hope in November you’ll give us a second chance to be your most convenient meal ever.
Until then, service in all other areas remains unaffected, and you can always drop us a line at (855) 992-9908 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven and Anson
So, we did it. We are on track to setting the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest virtual dinner party ever.
Well done, guys.
This event has been absolutely incredible. What started out as an idea totally unrelated, snowballed and evolved into the world's biggest virtual dinner party ever. And the amazing thing was that, not one person could have pulled this off. It took an army of extremely talented and passionate SpoonRocketeers to pull off what we did. It just goes to show that creativity and passion goes a long way; if people weren't so dedicated and aligned to toward a single goal, we would never have been able to achieve what we achieved.
The crazy thing was that it wasn't just one person's idea. It was an idea that had kept evolving, and really up until only a week ago had we settled on setting the record for the world's biggest virtual dinner party ever. Our teams then really latched on and ran with it.
It's worth noting how important a healthy company culture is too; it's like the glue that brings everyone together to form this new kind of synergy so powerful that the sum of the individual parts would simply not compare. If everyone just embraced an open and encouraging culture that cultivates creativity, ideas really start compounding and before you know it, it's magic.
And that's the beauty of having a fantastic team to work with. You give them an inch, they give you a mile. It's incredible how much you can accomplish with the right people and mindset.
SpoonRocketeers, we're off to doing something remarkable. We really are. Thank you.
We really want to thank everyone who tried us out last night. Although we were not able to fulfill everyone's expectations, we definitely really appreciate all the love and support.
Our team is working diligently to prepare for Round 2 of the SF Dinner Party. We hope to provide the most convenient meal for everyone in the near future, even to those who did not get to attend the SF Dinner Party.
We also would like to thank the press for spreading the buzz and the excitement as well. You can find these articles by SF's finest writers below:
We are looking to set a Guinness World Record with our SF Dinner Party.
For the first time in history, San Francisco will be the center of a citywide dinner party hosted by us, SpoonRocket, an on-demand food delivery company started in the Bay Area. As the official launch of serving dinner in the City, the YCombinator-backed startup will be delivering their signature healthy, fresh meals to any curb in SF for $1 on Monday, July 21st and Tuesday, July 22nd from 5pm to 9pm.
“The idea is to get every resident in SF to participate in the city’s largest dinner party. No need to cook or wash dishes—just have your friends over for a good time and we’ll do the cooking for you. That way, you get to be a host who can actually sit and enjoy dinner with your guests,” says CEO Steven Hsiao.
“We hope it turns into an annual SF event. Imagine, a city of 800,000 residents having dinner together, not literally of course; but everyone enjoying small dinner parties with their friends and family, who can then talk about the same food with their coworker the next day,” says Co-Founder Anson Tsui.
Larry Zhou's blog on VentureBeat shined the light on what sets us apart from our other competitors. The Dinner Party signifies not only how much we value the satisfaction of our customers, but also our love for entire heart of the Bay Area.
For more information about the SF Dinner Party, please visit our Event Page and Fan Page.
A glimpse into the minds of our founders.
Today, I want to officially announce that we have raised $11 million in Series A funding, led by Foundation Capital with participation from General Catalyst. Paul Holland, a partner at FC, will take a board seat and assist us in building the best food service ever.
I want to thank our extremely dedicated and talented team; we started with a simple idea and SpoonRocket is now changing the way people eat and live by providing the most convenient meal ever.
We are also thrilled to announce our new Senior Executive Chef, Barney Brown, formerly the Executive Chef of the Rotunda Neiman Marcus. His focus on menu development will ensure our meals are always delicious and keep you coming back for more!
SpoonRocket has seen tremendous growth in the last 10 months and it is truly because of our customers. Thank you for believing in us and showing us unconditional support. Our commitment is to continue providing a remarkable product and service that you want to tell all your friends and family about. Cheers to you!
As a small token of our gratitude, we are gifting a free smoothie today to anyone who orders a meal with us. That’s right--free smoothie for you. Pass it along and tell everyone you know. It’s Customer Appreciation Day!
CEO & Co-Founder