Webvan: Online Grocery Delivery Has Always Been Difficult

Everything old is new again. Many business models from the first dot-com bubble are getting a second chance right now. Below, a look at Webvan, a pioneer in online grocery delivery with a rapid ascent and an equally spectacular bust.

Cash and Burn

Grocery is a tough business. So is delivery. E-commerce too. As Webvan discovered, combining the three doesn’t make anything easier.

During the first dot-com bubble, Webvan was a high-flying grocery delivery startup. It raised…

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Head of IR & Corporate Development at 1stDibs. Previously finance at Etsy, Indeed, and internet equity research at Deutsche Bank. Find me on Twitter @kjlabuz.

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Kevin LaBuz

Head of IR & Corporate Development at 1stDibs. Previously finance at Etsy, Indeed, and internet equity research at Deutsche Bank. Find me on Twitter @kjlabuz.