The next big bet for former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may be cloud kitchens — in China

TechCrunch | 2/1/2019 | Staff
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Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may have been nudged out of one of the world’s most highly valuable private companies by investors frustrated over its troubled culture, but his moves remain of great interest given how far he’d driven the ride-share giant.

One such move, according to a new report in the South China Morning Post, looks to be to help foster the growing concept of cloud kitchens to China.

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We’ve reached out to Kalanick for more information, but per the SCMP’s report, Kalanick is partnering with the former COO of the bike-sharing startup Ofo, Yanqi Zhang. Their apparent project involves Kalanick’s L.A.-based company, CloudKitchens, which enables restaurants to set up kitchens for the purposes of catering exclusively to customers ordering in, which is how a growing percentage of people is consuming restaurant food. The kitchens are established in underutilized real estate that Kalanick is snapping up through a holding company called City Storage Systems.

According to The Spoon, an food industry blog, the trend is beginning to gain momentum in particular regions, including India, where it says many restaurants struggle to afford the traditional restaurant model, which often involves paying top dollar for rent, as well covering wages for employees, from dishwashers to cooks to servers. Using so-called cloud kitchens enables these restaurateurs to share facilities with others, and to do away with much of their other overhead. Some are even being promised more affordable equipment.

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For example, according to The Spoon, the restaurant review site Zomato, through its now two-year-old service called Zomato Infrastructure Service, aims to create kitchen “pods” that restaurants can rent, and it’s using data to identity recently closed restaurants that may looking to offload their kitchen...
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