London-based meals start-up Metropolis Pantry introduced it has closed a £4million Collection A funding spherical, led by Octopus Investments with participation from current traders and Newable Non-public Investing.

The funds can be used to proceed the corporate’s triple-digit progress in London while additionally starting growth to new markets, focusing on cities throughout the UK over the subsequent 18 months.

The corporate, which was based by Stuart Sunderland in 2013, is reworking the best way staff eat by bringing meals from thrilling native caterers and eating places direct to workplaces, masking occasions, conferences, and workforce meals.

It already serves over 20,000 meals each week to the workers of greater than 500 corporations, together with Google, Amazon, PayPal, Slack, Spotify and Unilever. Clients use the Metropolis Pantry platform to select from 300 of London’s hottest eating places and caterers.

CloudOrigin was engaged by Octopus Investments to carry out Know-how and Operational Due Diligence – basically trying on the “Who, What and How” of the IT functionality at Metropolis Pantry – their individuals, course of and know-how on the coronary heart of their on-line platform for B2B meals supply which serves over 20,000 meals per week to the workers of greater than 500 corporations on the time of evaluation.


Interview with Richard Corridor at CloudOrigin

What have been among the key challenges that you simply have been confronted with and the way did you overcome them?

As ever, our problem is to quickly assess the maturity of the organisation, benchmark their progress towards different comparable corporations – each in B2B e-commerce and the broader know-how sector globally – and translate our technical opinion and suggestions into pragmatic language and insights which most closely fits the investor’s deal course of.

These will embrace each quantitative measures of software program productiveness and repair supply, and extra qualitative feedback on workforce construction and enterprise processes, together with key gross sales and digital advertising methods.

For any Enterprise Capital or Non-public Fairness investor, we should additionally contemplate not simply the present viability of techniques and operations, however how these will scale with the Administration progress plan.  We should then anticipate challenges and choices, usually over a 3 to five-year interval of growth.

Fortunately, our workforce has many many years of Due Diligence expertise and CloudOrigin has labored on tons of of progress investments (with potential Enterprise Worth totalling $20Billion USD) throughout the TMT sector in Europe, North and South America and Asia Pacific.  Now we have constructed distinctive know-how classification and benchmarking fashions to underpin our assessments, and might level to our concrete expertise of the rising pains and methods utilized by lots of the most profitable corporations – from leading edge start-ups with pioneering software program or know-how corresponding to FreeAgent, Senseye or Sky Futures to ‘unicorns’ corresponding to Skyscanner or Ebury.


Furthermore, how would you sort out the state of affairs when the workforce you might be working alongside usually are not as cooperative or effectively organised?

We discover that constructing rapport with the goal agency is often simple, as our workforce has direct expertise of operating excessive progress know-how corporations and successful VC funding from prior roles.  Now we have walked of their sneakers.  Whereas we would have completely different expectations on our arrival, we all know that no agency is ideal, and regardless of how profitable, all of them are balancing future growth, new market instructions and present enterprise calls for.  We additionally know know-how selections evolve quickly, and sophisticated SaaS or e-commerce techniques are way more natural than many individuals may suppose – they want fixed pruning and a focus as they enhance in performance and clients place new calls for upon them.

The place a agency is much less ready for due diligence or the founding administration workforce is inherently much less skilled, we don’t count on reams of documentation upfront and are at all times glad to whiteboard concepts, talk about progress plans and challenges and evaluate completely different views from throughout the enterprise – say advertising, finance and R&D – to achieve a balanced report and actionable suggestions.  Having carried out tons of of such assignments we now have a really efficient course of to get to the center of the matter with the least intrusion to the enterprise.