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Pioneers of online food ordering hit the jackpot again with Scout RFP.


Working from dorm rooms at CWRU, Alex Yakubovich ’07 and Stan Garber brought online food ordering to campus and to America in the early 2000s. They sold their first startup, Onosys, for millions after graduating, but their success in entrepreneurship was just beginning.

In November, the former classmates announced the sale of their latest venture, Scout RFP, to Workday Inc. for $540 million in cash.

They have not forgotten where their success began. 

“As students, we found mentors who have helped us nearly every step of the way,” Garber told CWRU’s online news source, The Daily. “As alums, we’ve found the CWRU network to be full of successful people who want to help other people.”


Yakubovich and Garber—both refugees from the former Soviet Union—grew up together in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs and both graduated from CWRU in 2007. Yakubovich, Scout’s CEO, earned a degree in mechanical engineering while Garber, Scout’s president, earned his degree in business from the Weatherhead School of Management.

Starting with Rascal House, the pair developed software that enabled restaurants to take online orders. The dorm team included childhood friend and fellow refugee Oleg Fridman, ’07, now a senior vice president of technology at Panera. Five years after they graduated, the founders sold Onosys to daily-deal provider LivingSocial for more than $6 million.

Yakubovich and Garber went on to launch Scout, which offers online tools for sourcing and managing a company’s supply chain. Their San Francisco-based company sparkles with Case talent, including co-founder Chris Crane ’08, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Todd Schwarzinger, the interim executive director of the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship at Sears think[box], sees a success story to inspire others.
 

“This is a huge success for our alums at Scout and their entire team,” he told The Daily. “It’s inspiring for our students to see young entrepreneurs from Case Western Reserve leverage their skills and connections toward such an outcome.”