Wednesday May 27, 2020

How Danny DeVito inspired Deliveroo

The company’s chief product officer Akshay Navle wants the company to focus more on the food and less on the logistics of getting it to your door

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

22nd March, 2020
Deliveroo has 1,000 riders in Ireland but sees itself as a food company, not a logistics business. Picture: Bloomberg

When Akshay Navle visited the consulate to get his visa to move from the US to Britain, the only other people there were his wife, his kids, the staff – and Danny DeVito.

The amusement of the coincidence wasn’t lost on Navle. Unbeknownst to DeVito at the time, a character he played had been the inspiration for the name of the first delivery algorithm for Deliveroo.

The character was Louie, a dispatcher in...

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