Yoshi

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY YOSHI

Yoshi of­fi­cials de­cided to of­fer the ser­vice in Austin be­cause of de­mand from peo­ple signing up on the com­pany’s web­site.

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