College kids seem to love Tapingo, a startup that just raised $22 million to bring them Starbucks, Taco Bell and more on demand
But if you're on a college campus, there's a startup that will let you order food from your favorite places and even learn your order. After enough time, it will know that you get your Starbucks mocha every Monday morning and will ask you if you want to order it again.
That company is called Tapingo, and on Thursday it announced that it has raised $22 million in venture capital funding from Qualcomm Ventures, DCM Ventures, Kinzon Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Carmel Ventures.
Tapingo works, especially at college campuses, because it caters to impatience and fills the need for immediacy and on-demand service. And if college students' tweets are to be trusted, Tapingo is an answer to a sleep-deprived college student's prayers: it lets users order from restaurants - including Starbucks - and pick up their order instead of standing in a long line.
The fact that you can tapingo Starbucks is the best thing that ever happened to me and my coffee addiction- Gabby Boccadoro (@gabbbbbyxoxo) March 23, 2015
BREAKING NEWS: TAPINGO AT STARBUCKS. Heaven has answered my prayers- Ammyyy. (@amylynnlenz) January 29, 2015
Tapingo has turned me into the jerk who beats the 50-person line at Starbucks before morning classes. I'm the one everybody hates.- gaga (@gagazola) November 6, 2013
With the announcement of its new funding, Tapingo, which was founded in Israel and now has offices in San Francisco, has also expanded from ordering into delivery and campus retail.
"Our vision was always to begin with dense retail ecosystems involving high-frequency transactions. We realized that college campuses were the perfect proving ground," Almog said. "What we didn't anticipate was how quickly universities and students would adopt this new behavior. This validated our decision to bring the technology to analogous ecosystems."
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