18. April 2013–
Marcus Ross has launched a new venture backed by Berlin-based company builder Team Europe (disclosure: also a shareholder in VentureVillage) – the deliciously, yet deceptively named 9Cookies.
For everyone imagining a tasty, Knusperreich type startup, you'll be sadly mistaken. Rather than focusing on baked goods, the new company is a POS system for restaurants and delivery services – allowing users to manage reservations, use a payment system (in collaboration with Berlin payments startup SumUp) and print invoices, along with compiling statistics and providing profit analysis – all from an iPad. The new system, named the GastroPad, is supposed to be all the software that restaurant owners need to manage their restaurant and crunch their numbers.
Delivery services using the new system have an overview of all orders, a customer database and a customer analysis tool. 9Cookies also provides a service platform, where they dock third-party apps and include marketing tools, among other services, for users.
The system is available for a one-off price of €499 (for the iPad with software) and is then €129 per month. Headed by Team Europe's Marcus Ross, the new venture is also being supported by Project A Founder Florian Heinemann, Swoodoo CEO Christian Saller and eDarling cofounder David Khalil. According to media reports, 9Cookies was launched with a "high seven-figure" funding amount.
So far, only the German version has launched online, though a cooperation with fellow Team Europe company Delivery Hero means 9Cookies will eventually be able to enter the 12 markets where the food delivery service is active. The company is open to other partnerships too, Ross told Gründerszene in an interview. He also said that an English version is on its way as they plan on a UK launch this summer.
When asked what sets 9Cookies apart from its competitors, including Orderbird and eCabo, Ross said its simplicity, reliability and low price means it can be used by everything from small coffee shops to large food delivery chains.
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