DoorDash Lures Away Key Uber Exec

Uber is losing a longtime executive to its rival in the food delivery business, DoorDash.

DoorDash announced today that it has tapped Ryan Sokol to be the vice president of engineering at the company after five years at Uber. There he helped manage Uber’s growth as a mover of both people and food.

Sokol will now lead DoorDash’s 200 person strong engineering team, where he will be taking orders from CEO Tony Xu. Sokol will now oversee DoorDash’s product, infrastructure and software.

When asked why he joined DoorDash, Sokol replied on the DoorDash website: “I’m joining DoorDash to help an amazing team reach new heights. All of my interactions and diligence with those I trust would lead me to believe that DoorDash is poised to be one of the most influential companies on the planet. I’m most looking forward to learning from some of the best and applying my accumulated knowledge to help DoorDash fast forward its tech to the future and realize its full potential as soon as possible.”

Sokol will have to hit the ground running if he hasn’t already. DoorDash has grown from 600 to 3,000 cities where it operates, and has had to add more engineers to keep its machine learning driven management and customer service system working consistently. It has already vaulted past unicorn valuation status in only its fifth year in business.

Pictured: Ryan Sokol (Credit: DoorDash)

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