2015, came after a friend of one of the company’s four co-founders was robbed at a gas station. The experience was traumatic for him, Alexander said, made worse by the fact that he still felt compelled to return to that station because it was near his house.
Yoshi came to Austin because of demand from people signing up on the company’s website and saying they were interested in the service, Alexander said. “We just looked at that list and Austin is by far No. 1 in terms of people who signed up,” he said.
There are several gas delivery startups operating in the U.S. right now, such as WeFuel, Purple, Booster Fuels and Filld. But Yoshi is the first to come to Austin. WeFuel, for instance, is only available in four Silicon Valley area cities. Purple is in the Los Angeles area and in San Diego.
TechCrunch reported that Yoshi raised $2.1 million in venture funding in January. Yoshi also works with companies who want to offer their service as a company perk. One of Yoshi’s clients is Nashville-based hospital chain HCA. But most of the company’s customers are individuals.
Yoshi officials decided to offer the service in Austin because of demand from people signing up on the company’s website.