Austin-based mobile delivery app Favor expanded to Houston today. Using the app developed developed by entrepreneurs and former pizza delivery guys, Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty, users can order just about anything. I’ve ordered pizza and on New Year’s Day witnessed a friend order Mexican food, sour cream from the grocery store, and a cell phone charger.
The app, launched in June 2013, charges $5 fee plus five percent of the cost of the items (and tip to the runner), so a $40 order would cost $7 in delivery fees. You can also include tip amount for the vendor when you order. All of the ordering and payment is done on your phone. (Click here to see where Favor delivers in Austin.)
To celebrate their launch in Houston, Favor is giving first-time customers free delivery when they use the promo code “CLUTCH.” Favor Houston will initially deliver from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in a handful of neighborhoods in Houston.
New Hampshire natives Maurais and Doherty developed Favor’s pilot app at California Polytechnic State University before relocating to Austin.
“Most consumer start-ups feel like they need to be based in San Francisco to succeed,” Maurais said. “We’re a testimony to the fact that it’s possible to build a high growth company in Texas. The people here have been so welcoming and helpful. When we got started in Austin last summer, The University of Texas opened its doors and offered us office space at ATI.”