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Soylent

Soylent is a company that creates nutrition products.

Soylent was founded in January 2013 by Rob Rhinehart, John Coogan, Matt Cauble, and David Renteln. Their stated mission is "to make complete, sustainable nutrition accessible, appealing, and affordable food for all."The company's name is derived from the food substitute Soylent Green, found in the dystopian science fiction movie of the same name.

Soylent's initial product offering was powder. In 2014, "Soylent 2.0," a ready-to-drink 14oz beverage, was released at the cost of $3 per bottle, delivered. Soylent is now available in bar form as well.

Initially only available via soylent.com, Soylent became available on Amazon in 2016 and at 7-11 in 2017. In 2018, Soylent expanded to other large retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Ralph's, Safeway, many independent outlets in New York, and elsewhere.

Soylent participated in the YC S12 cohort of Y Combinator.

Timeline

January 14, 2015
Soylent raises a $20,000,000 series A round from Andreessen Horowitz, David Friedberg and Index Ventures.
November 12, 2014
Soylent raises a $60,800,000 series A round from Initialized Capital.
October 21, 2013
Soylent raises a $1,500,000 seed round from Andreessen Horowitz, Hydrazine Capital and Initialized Capital.
June 24, 2013
Soylent raises a $800,000 seed round from Andreessen Horowitz, Hydrazine Capital and Initialized Capital.

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Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami and Jeremy M. Weinstein
September 10, 2021
Time
Big Tech's focus on optimization and increasing efficiency is not inherently a good thing. What values should we pursue instead?
Soylent
January 1, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Soylent Nutrition, Inc., the company who pioneered drinkable, complete meals, is kicking off 2021 with the announcement of two new products....
Jonathan Shieber
February 13, 2020
TechCrunch
Soylent, the once high-flying Los Angeles-based meal replacement startup that has raised $72.4 million in financing from investors including Google Ventures, Lerer Hippeau and Andreessen Horowitz, has shaken up its executive team. This week, the company announced in a blog post that the company's chief financial officer, Demir Vangelov, would be taking over the top [...]
Jonathan Shieber
September 25, 2019
TechCrunch
The meal replacement company Soylent Nutrition, Inc., has added mint chocolate flavor to its line of drinks and snacks. "Our new Mint Chocolate Drink requested by our fans was engineered by Soylent's hard-working team, with the complex tastes of humanity in mind," said Andrew Thomas, Soylent's VP of Brand Marketing, in a statement. In concert [...]
JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH and JOHN HERRMAN
April 18, 2019
www.nytimes.com
The Silicon Valley food-drink of choice is now a 'complete nutrition platform.' The beverage plot thickens.

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