In honor of the city’s most creative innovators, disruptors and entrepreneurs, Austin Inno is hosting 50 on Fire, a celebration of the people and companies that make Austin such a great place to live and work. Hundreds of companies across eight categories including B2B Tech, Consumer Tech, Hardware, Health and Life Sciences, Lifestyle, Marketing and Advertising, Social Impact, and Supporters were nominated, but only 150 were selected as finalists for the 50 coveted spots. Dropoff is very proud have been chosen as a finalist. And we’re in excellent company, alongside other nominees including Yeti, Square Root, Chiron Health, Silver Car, Real Savvy and others.
So why did the good folks at Austin Inno consider us “on fire?” Here are three great reasons:
1. 2016 has been a tremendous growth year for us! From our launch in Los Angeles, to our expansion into Florida (starting with Miami and Fort Lauderdale and then Orlando and Tampa), we’ve more than doubled the list of cities we serve. We’ve also seen triple digit growth in drivers, employees and most importantly, revenue. Now that’s scorching!
2. Over the summer, we announced a fast and scalable dispatch system that operates 24/7/365 to automatically and consistently respond to delivery requests within seconds. The technology features artificial intelligence-like decision-making capabilities that take into account real-time traffic conditions, geospatial information, order timeliness, and current driver capacity. This announcement marked a game-changing update to our back-end infrastructure, and put us leaps and bounds ahead of the extremely manual dispatch process that many courier services still use today.
3. We’ve made some very cool deliveries this year, from delivering hundreds of gift baskets to Airbnb VIP clients during SXSW to delivering Micklethwait Craft Meats to First Lady Michelle Obama’s plane while she was in Austin to speak at SXSW. Then there was that delivery of 10,000 Voodoo Doughnuts for the UT vs. Notre Dame game. Oh, and 10,000 Nothing Bundt Cakes for the UT vs. El Paso game the next week? Talk about sweet!
To read more about Austin Inno’s 50 of Fire awards, visit their site.