Duffl Delivery Service Brings Short Wait For Food

David Lin wants to create a world where you can “boil water and then buy the pasta.”

He’s the co-founder and CEO of Duffl, a UCLA-based startup that promises ultra-fast delivery via e-scooter to college students craving hot cheetos or Guayaki—or as the company’s cheeky Twitter bio proclaims: “The only thing you want to come in under 10 minutes.”


Lin is a fourth-year student studying philosophy and economics at UCLA (he took last quarter off to run Duffl). He grew up in Jiangxi, China and Lima, Peru before landing in Los Angeles.

“I chose to come to L.A. because I thought it was the perfect amalgamation of Asian, Latino and American culture, which is who I am,” he said.

Lin was taking a philosophy class on existentialism during his sophomore year when he started to ponder his role in the world:

“I would leave class and I would just

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