TinMen, Uber for home made food
How it all startedWhen Mukesh Manda who is now the co-founder of TinMen, was working in IT companies, he noticed that the cafeteria food wasn’t up to the mark. Around the same time, Chaitanya Degala, TinMen’s other founder also experienced the lack of affordable and good home cooked food for working professionals. They both felt that heading out for lunch every day is not only time consuming and unhealthy but expensive as well.
With hectic work and a busy lifestyle, employees in the IT industry don’t find enough time in their schedule to catch a bite of good food. They have to settle for the average cafeteria food owing to crazy project deadlines, busy schedules, coding and bug fixing marathons in their day to day work.
Your work food
TinMen delivers food carefully prepared by best home chefs in the town to your place. It saves you time in deciding, ordering & paying for food as well as coordinating with the delivery guy. All one has to do is recharge their TinMen wallet and pre-decide on the week’s lunch menu at one time (say Saturday night) from an ever expanding variety of choices. Once a customer selects ‘Start from tomorrow’, the lunch is delivered until the wallet runs out of money or they decide to pause it. Starting at an affordable price of Rs.50.00, TinMen lets you say goodbye to all your office canteen/cafeteria woes and say hello to healthy, homely and yummy food.
Customers only have to come back to the app when they want to modify their weekly plan or when they want to pause or restart the service which can be done with the click of a button.
A major chunk (80%) of their food is made by home chefs and the rest is procured from kitchens in cloud. They have a variety of lunch food options to choose from – North Indian, South Indian, Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian, Organic, Rice Boxes, Parathas and Biryanis as well.
Growth & Reach
Currently, TinMen operates in Hyderabad and processes about 250 orders/day. Their office lunch services are offered in Hitech city, Gachibowli, Madhapur and Kondapur in Hyderabad. They will soon expand to new areas in the city. During this Diwali they touched the 300 orders mark. They plan to expand to new cities in about 6 months – Bangalore being their next.
So good is their service that their patrons want this to be extended to dinner as well. Naturally, TinMen who want to delight their customers and always keep them happy will soon be planning on dinner services.
Packed nicely into their brown paper bags is the tastiest home cooked food in town. No extra delivery fee is charged. The also have same delivery guys deliver food in a given route for increased efficiency. Customers love it as they don’t need to give directions to their office location or instruct how to deliver every time they order.
The two founders met when Mukesh was a freelancer and Chaitanya approached him for consultation. This duo then teamed up for hyper local grocery startup – QuickBasket. While that shuttered for various reasons, the experience from that failure is being best used at TinMen, their stepping stone to success.
Tinmen was conceptualized in April 2015 and launched in July 2015. This 4 month old startup is currently bootstrapped and is in the process of raising seed funding.
Mukesh Manda, 27, is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Amazon and Oracle. While Chaitanya Degala, 29, is an alumnus of Oxford business school, CRISIL and Deloitte.
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