Panda’s Food is a Mess

You wake up to a full-page advertisement in your national daily. You think to yourself – interesting app, great discount, guess they got VC funding too. Some days you think – another food/shopping/grocery app? they too got funding? Well, good for the economy, lot of job opportunities. And then you move on with your life.

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Unfortunately, slowly the fog is clearing and stories emerging where it was neither good for the economy nor the employee! Some customers gamed the system a bit and got their little thrills. that’s about all.

Mint has published a long ‘cautionary tale’ on the food tech delivery startup – Foodpanda which claims to be active in 40 countries globally. The India story definitely is a potboiler! There are fake orders, fake restaurants, fake deliveries and real problems. Processes and corporate governance – what’s that?

See how one such scam works:

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Surely there are casualties in such a tale – employees who are caught unaware, genuine investors taken for a ride. or you wonder, is everybody in on it?

Let this Mint revelation be an eye-opener and a lesson to all those in the space of building a good company that lasts.

The Mint article published today can (and must!) be read here.

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