Two-year old food tech startup TinyOwl has announced closing shop in all markets except Mumbai. This follows close on the heels of rumours of its merger with Roadrunnr.
TinyOwl had closed its offices in Hyderbad, Pune, Gurgaon, Chennai and Hyderabad in dramatic circumstances in October, with a founder being held hostage in the Pune office for over 48 hours by the laid off employees. Now with all the offices lying vacant, TinyOwl’s founder has taken to Facebook to find new owners for them.
Rahul Yadav, the erstwhile CEO of Housing.com, has come out in support of the beleaguered TinyOwl cofounders. The cofounding team of TinyOwl has been under fire over its recent layoffs, and one cofounder was held hostage in its Pune office for over 2 days by irate employees. However, Rahul Yadav, who’s no stranger to controversy himself, had words of encouragement for the TinyOwl team.
A year ago, the food tech sector was booming. Funds were plentiful, investors were upbeat, and a new company seemed to be coming up every minute. Cut to a year later, and things aren’t quite so rosy. There have been murmurs of overvalued companies, and investors are being more circumspect with their cash. One sector that has been particularly hard hit is the food tech industry.