March 7, 2019

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Postmates Founder and CEO Bastian Lehmann Joins TechNet Executive Council

Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today announced the newest addition to its Executive Council of technology industry leaders: Bastian Lehmann, Co-founder and CEO of Postmates, the first on-demand delivery marketplace.

Lehmann co-founded Postmates in 2011.  Postmates has established itself as a market leader in the fast-growing on-demand delivery sector.  As the creator of on-demand 'anything,' Postmates gives customers across 550 U.S. cities and Mexico access to over 250,000 local restaurants, retailers, and neighborhood stores with real-time deliveries.  By creating an alternative infrastructure for local and small businesses to compete against online e-commerce giants, Postmates' technologies boosted local brick and mortar retail sales fourfold in 2017.

In joining TechNet’s Executive Council, Lehmann said: "Our economy is bearing witness to a 21st century knowledge revolution, where the R&D we invest in as technology executives has the power to connect local business to global markets, while challenging the traditional way commerce moves in cities.  It has the power to create new efficiencies and earning opportunities, while begging the question of how we train students and preserve the dignity of a job.  It has the power to transform the way we live and communicate with the world, while challenging the way we preserve the dignity of our privacy," said Bastian Lehmann, Co-founder and CEO of Postmates.  "As an immigrant to this country, I know America is uniquely poised to win a future that is both pro-technology and pro-worker; but public policy must keep pace.  I am excited to join TechNet's Executive Council and contribute my insights to advance policies that ensure Americans are prepared to seize the exciting new opportunities that lie ahead."

In welcoming Lehmann to the Executive Council, TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore said: "As the co-founder of a highly successful on-demand economy startup, Bastian understands the challenges new businesses face as they grow and scale, as well as the policies needed to position all Americans for success in our evolving economy.  We welcome Bastian's leadership and perspective as we work in Washington, D.C. and in state capitals to advance a pro-startup innovation agenda.  As an immigrant entrepreneur who has long dreamed of starting a business in the U.S. and eventually taking his company public here, Bastian's and Postmates' success is something we should all take pride in as Americans."

Lehmann joins TechNet’s prestigious Executive Council of technology leaders, which also includes:

  • Greg Becker, CEO, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Matt Cain, President and CEO, Couchbase
  • John Chambers, Founder and CEO, JC2 Ventures; Chairman Emeritus, Cisco
  • John Doerr, Chairman, Kleiner Perkins
  • Michael Gregoire, Former CEO, CA Technologies
  • Terry Howerton, Co-Founder and CEO, TechNexus
  • Ed Knight, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal & Policy Officer, Nasdaq
  • Aaron Levie, CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman, Box
  • Kim Polese, Chairman, CrowdSmart
  • Ellen Richey, Vice Chairman, Risk and Public Policy, Visa
  • KR Sridhar, Co-Founder and CEO, Bloom Energy
  • Julie Sweet, CEO - North America, Accenture

Lehmann is CEO of Postmates, the on-demand delivery company he co-founded in 2011.  The idea for Postmates was originally conceived in 2005 when Bastian was relocating from Munich to London and he struggled with finding a simple solution for moving goods around a city.  He later pursued this notion of "ride-sharing for stuff" through AngelPad in San Francisco, where he met his co-founders Sean Plaice and Sam Street.  Postmates now operates in 550 cities and has a fleet of more than 100,000 "Postmates" making deliveries on the platform.  Prior to Postmates, Bastian co-founded Curated.by, a real-time tweet curation platform based in London.  Before that, at 12snap, he managed marketing budgets for Adidas and Lufthansa and helped many European startups in product related roles.  A native of Germany, Bastian now lives in San Francisco.

About Postmates
Postmates helps people unlock the best of their cities - and their lives, with an insanely reliable on-demand "anything" network.  Launched in 2011, Postmates pioneered the on-demand delivery movement in the U.S. by offering delivery from restaurants and stores previously only available offline.  The company now operates in over 400 US cities, as well as Mexico, and provides access to over 250,000 merchants.  Postmates is headquartered in San Francisco and has 680 employees. Learn more at www.postmates.com and find our most recent economic impact report at www.postmates.com/impact.

About TechNet
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level.  TechNet's diverse membership includes dynamic American businesses ranging from startups to the most iconic companies on the planet and represents over three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance.  TechNet has offices in Albany, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Olympia, Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.

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