“North Fulton Business Radio,” Episode 212: Noah Valens and Shourya Seth, Pluto Delivery
Pluto Delivery is a food delivery startup founded by five Alpharetta High School students. As the company was ready to launch its core service, the coronavirus pandemic hit, and Pluto saw an opportunity to help with delivery of vital medical supplies to healthcare providers. Noah Valens and Shourya Seth join “North Fulton Business Radio” to tell their fascinating story. The host of “North Fulton Business Radio” is John Ray and the show is produced virtually from the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX® in Alpharetta.
Noah Valens and Shourya Seth, Pluto Delivery
Noah Valens is the CEO of Pluto Delivery. He is a student at Alpharetta High School and President of the Future Business Leaders of America, Alpharetta High School Chapter.
Shourya Seth is the Chief Business Development Officer of Pluto. Shourya is also a student at Alpharetta High School, an FBLA officer, and a committee member for the National Science Honor Society.
Noah, Shourya, and their other three co-founders (also Alpharetta High School students) founded Pluto Delivery in January 2020. Pluto is a food delivery company which makes food delivery affordable. Their edge has been to work on perfecting multi-route delivery, the crux of last-mile delivery everywhere. Using their routing technology, Pulto has decreased the cost of direct to consumer delivery to one-third that of other nationally known food delivery companies such as Uber Eats or DoorDash.
While working on the launch of their core business, the coronavirus pandemic hit. Pluto’s founders saw an opportunity to contribute to the community, thanks to their growing driver network: they started picking up donated medical supplies for delivery to hospitals and other healthcare providers. In only two weeks, they have delivered over 3,000 PPE’s (personal protective equipment) to hospitals across Atlanta. To do this, they activated a student donation network that has grown to include both organizations and manufacturers in Georgia who have donated to the cause.
Pluto now plans to roll out their core full food delivery launch to the public on April 20, where Alpharetta locals will be able to support local restaurants by having their food delivered directly to their front door for significantly less than other platforms.
In the meantime, they are still accepting donations of needed medical supplies from across Georgia, so if you have usable medical supplies (masks, gowns, disinfectant wipes and thermometers), please find pickup route information at pluto.delivery/donations.
Questions and Topics in this Interview:
- FBLA at Alpharetta High School
- food delivery in North Fulton
- COVID-19 response
- delivery of PPEs and other medical supplies
North Fulton Business Radio” is produced virtually from the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX® in Alpharetta. You can find the full archive of shows by following this link. The show is available on all the major podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn, and others.
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