Instacart was founded in 2012 by Apoorva Mehta, Brandon Leonardo, and Max Mullen. In a May 2019 interview with CNBC, CEO Apoorva Mehta noted, when discussing the importance of profitability, that the company is preparing for an eventual IPO. These comments should not be interpreted to mean that the company is formally pursuing or foregoing an IPO.
Instacart owns and operates a grocery delivery service. The company has raised nearly $2 billion in Venture Capital funding from investors including Tiger Global Management, Coatue Management, G Squared, Dragoneer Investment Group, Comcast Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Thrive Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Canaan Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Sequoia Capital. Per company press releases, Instacart last raised $600 million in October 2018 at a post-money valuation of $7.6 billion.