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Out w the old Bodega and in w the new, sleek, hipster "Bodega"

VIBEVIBE Posts: 54,101 ✭✭✭✭✭
Startup Bodega’s glorified vending machines are sparking major Twitter backlash

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This morning, we published a profile of a startup that created glorified vending machines that can be placed inside apartment buildings, dorms, and gyms.

The concept itself is fairly benign. The problem was that the founders decided to call it Bodega and use a cat–a nod to the bodega cat–as a logo.

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To many readers, this immediately seemed like two Silicon Valley dudes had just appropriated a term beloved to many immigrants, while simultaneously creating a business designed to obliterate these neighborhood corner shops.

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The ensuing Twitter rage was voluminous and palpable. “Bodega” has been trending on Twitter all day, mostly thanks to people vociferously defending bodegas.

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Jack Dorsey himself says that he’s digging this new “bodega defense Twitter.”

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There was much thoughtful commentary about why the startup’s name is so offensive. And then, some have done some in-depth analysis about Bodega’s business strategy. This entire chain, from Eater writer Helen Rosner, is worth a read.

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A big source of concern was bodega cats. Where will our cuddly neighborhood felines live and nap without the bodega?


But maybe the bodega cats will actually save the bodega?


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  • AP21AP21 Posts: 17,489 ✭✭✭✭✭
    whats dis about mayne
    MeesterAggieLean.Plutarch
  • blackgod813blackgod813 Posts: 9,369 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What the fuck is a bodega cat. What the fuck is a bodega a convenience store privately owned
    IceBergTaylor
  • Lou_CypherLou_Cypher Make Reasonable Choices. H. E. Double Hockey SticksPosts: 51,828 ✭✭✭✭✭
    We have mom and pop stores here.
    AggieLean.
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,245 ✭✭✭✭✭
    how u gonna get a chopped cheese from that
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

  • obnoxiouslyfreshobnoxiouslyfresh Still Ginny From The Block Posts: 11,430 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Can you image the hero from that place? Yuck
    Angel out of heaven, such a goddess, have a nigga praying [-O<
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  • Lefty_Lefty_ The Ayatollah Of Baking Soda Pullin Up.....Posts: 3,362 ✭✭✭✭✭
    You think niggas was stealing outta corner stores before lol....
    blackgod813black caesartexasdaking88RawAce
  • blackgod813blackgod813 Posts: 9,369 ✭✭✭✭✭
    An what the fuck is a chop chese sandwhich???a cuban sandwich
  • MeesterMeester Smartass Outrage LandPosts: 16,455 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Who asked for this?
    Powered by 9(0)'s sun.
  • 7figz7figz Still don’t nothing move but the money Posts: 15,068 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That ain't no damn bodega

  • VIBEVIBE Posts: 54,101 ✭✭✭✭✭
    'Bodega' startup forced to apologize after furious criticism of its name



    Bodega, a new startup with plans to replace the corner store with eight-foot cabinets full of essentials, went under fire today on social media.

    Many users criticized the startup on Twitter, claiming that the name was appropriative and that the company's apparent mission to replace small mom-and-pop businesses was concerning.

    Now, in a Medium post titled "So, about our name...", CEO and cofounder Paul McDonald wrote that the social media criticism was "far beyond what we ever imagined."

    McDonald also said that there "was a risk" of the name "being interpreted as misappropriation."

    He added: "We apologize to anyone we've offended ... We intended only admiration."

    Bodegas and corner stores are close to the hearts of many city dwellers, and many people tweeted passionate defenses of them. McDonald says it was never his intention to put local stores out of business.

    "Challenging the urban corner store is not and has never been our goal," McDonald wrote. "[They] offer an integral human connection to their patrons that our automated storefronts never will."

    Instead, McDonald says that Bodega is designed to put tiny automated stores where there is currently little or no retail offerings, like apartment lobbies, gyms, and college dormitories.

    "Like NYC's bodegas, we want to build a shopping experience that stands for convenience and ubiquity for people who don't have easy access to a corner store," he wrote.

    The idea is to place interactive pantry boxes full of nonperishable goods in convenient spots so you can just grab and go. An app unlocks the box, and camera sensors see what you take to charge you accordingly.

    Both McDonald and his cofounder, Ashwath Rajan, are former Googlers. The startup has raised venture capital from notable investors like Josh Kopelman at First Round Capital, Forerunner Ventures' Kirsten Green, and Homebrew's Hunter Walk. According to a story by TechCrunch, the total amount raised was $2.5 million.
  • BetaBeta #FastFamily Posts: 64,788 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lol I wouldn't apologize..niggas soft
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  • Lefty_Lefty_ The Ayatollah Of Baking Soda Pullin Up.....Posts: 3,362 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bodega = Corner store
    huey#1hiphopjunki3atribecalledgabi
  • AZTGAZTG Posts: 7,345 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Man they cant replace the $3 Turkey sandwich we used to get from papis bodega at North 6th street in paterson. Went to many places, and I still havent found a turkey sandwich that good. I still pop in and buy one when im in the area.
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