He once worked as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant and now his company has a million riders delivering food across 4,000 cities

Co-founded in 2012 by a bright group of Stanford University students.They went public in December 2020

The biggest food delivery service in the United States is DoorDash. 

Tony Xu was born in Nanjing, China to a doctor mum but later immigrated to the US. She was unable to practice medicine in the U.S. and so worked multiple jobs to support her family.

As per Forbes, one of the jobs Xu’s mum worked was as a server in a Chinese restaurant. Xu worked in the same restaurant. 

He has since credited this experience as contributing to the inspiration behind creating the DoorDash service.

After an intern role at fintech company, Block Inc. (then known as Square Inc.) Xu worked for e-commerce app RedLaser and then later as a consultant for both eBay and PayPal.

Before achieving overwhelming success as a food delivery service pioneer, he enjoyed several positions at a number of high profile tech companies.

In  2020 Xu announced DoorDash’s landmark partnership with the NBA, becoming the basketball league’s first official food delivery partner.

Xu has also joined the board of directors of Meta Platforms. He was included in Fortune’s 40 under 40