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A Conversation with Rafael Ilishayev, Co-Founder of goPuff and Beverly BevMo!



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Interviews provide a unique opportunity to gain insight into the thoughts and experiences of successful business leaders. Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rafael Ilishayev, co-founder of goPuff and Beverly BevMo! In this article, we’ll explore Ilishayev’s background, his entrepreneurial journey, and his insights on the current state of the industry.

Background and Early Life

Rafael Ilishayev was born in Russia in 1992 and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was seven years old. Raised in Philadelphia, Ilishayev attended Northeast High School before enrolling in Drexel University, where he studied business administration.

Entrepreneurial Journey

While attending Drexel University, Ilishayev and his business partner Yakir Gola founded goPuff in 2013. The company began as a convenience store delivery service, and has since expanded to offer a wide range of products, including snacks, drinks, household items, and pet supplies.

In 2020, Ilishayev and Gola expanded their business interests by acquiring Beverly BevMo!, a California-based chain of liquor stores. The acquisition marked goPuff’s entry into the West Coast market.

Insights on the Industry

During our conversation, Ilishayev shared his insights on the state of the industry and the challenges facing entrepreneurs in today’s market.

One of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs, according to Ilishayev, is managing growth. As a company expands, it can become more difficult to maintain the same level of quality and customer service. Ilishayev stressed the importance of investing in technology and infrastructure to support growth, and emphasized the need to hire and retain top talent.

Another challenge facing the industry, according to Ilishayev, is the evolving regulatory landscape. As more states legalize cannabis and other products, companies must navigate complex regulations and compliance issues. Ilishayev emphasized the importance of staying up-to-date with changing regulations and working closely with regulators to ensure compliance.

Finally, Ilishayev highlighted the importance of innovation and adaptation in the face of changing consumer preferences. As the pandemic has reshaped the retail landscape, companies must be agile and responsive to changing trends and customer demands. Ilishayev emphasized the need to invest in research and development to stay ahead of the curve.

Acquiring Beverly BevMo!

In 2020, goPuff acquired Beverly BevMo!, a California-based chain of liquor stores, in a deal worth $350 million. The acquisition marked goPuff’s entry into the West Coast market and expanded the company’s offerings to include beer, wine, and spirits.

During our conversation, Ilishayev discussed the rationale behind the acquisition and the opportunities it presents for goPuff. According to Ilishayev, the acquisition was driven by a desire to expand goPuff’s geographic reach and diversify the company’s offerings. By acquiring Beverly BevMo!, goPuff was able to enter the lucrative West Coast market and tap into the growing demand for liquor delivery services.

Looking Ahead

As goPuff continues to expand and innovate, Ilishayev remains focused on delivering the best possible customer experience. In our conversation, he emphasized the importance of investing in technology and infrastructure to support growth and ensure quality and reliability. He also stressed the need to stay ahead of changing consumer preferences and regulatory trends, and to remain agile and adaptable in the face of evolving market conditions.


My conversation with Rafael Ilishayev provided a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a successful entrepreneur. From his early life in Russia to his current role as co-founder of goP

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Fairphone demonstrates the existence of a market for used phones.




Fairphone demonstrates

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FBI: Hackers target defence companies with ransomware using BadUSB



Hackers target defence companies

In a recently updated flash notice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cautioned US businesses that the financially driven FIN7 cybercriminal gang has been targeting the US military industry with packages carrying infected USB sticks to spread ransomware.

The attackers sent out shipments with “BadUSB” or “Bad Beetle USB” devices marked with the LilyGO brand, which are often sold online.

Since August 2021, they have been mailing harmful packages to companies in the transportation and insurance sectors as well as defence companies beginning in November 2021 via the United States Postal Service (USPS) and United Parcel Service (UPS).

Networks that have been hacked by ransomware such as BlackMatter or REvil
Targets were duped into opening the shipments and plugging the USB drives onto their computers by FIN7 agents posing as representatives from Amazon and the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

According to allegations the FBI has received since August, these harmful shipments may also include letters concerning COVID-19 regulations, fake gift cards, or forgeried thank-you notes, depending on the impersonated party.

The USB drive immediately registers as a Human Interface Device (HID) Keyboard as the targets insert it into their PCs (allowing it to operate even with removable storage devices toggled off).

Once keystrokes have been injected, malware payloads are subsequently installed on the infected systems.

FIN7’s ultimate objective in such assaults is to get access to the targets’ networks and use a variety of tools, including Metasploit, Cobalt Strike, Carbanak malware, the Griffon backdoor, and PowerShell scripts, to instal ransomware (including BlackMatter and REvil) within a compromised network.

Teddy bears were used to spread malware

The FBI previously issued a warning about a previous string of events in which FIN7 actors pretended to be Best Buy and sent identical shipments containing malicious flash drives to lodging facilities, dining establishments, and retail establishments via USPS.

Reports about these assailants first surfaced in February 2020. Additionally, several of the targets said that the hackers threatened them through phone or email to connect the discs to their systems.

The infected parcels supplied by FIN7 also contained objects like teddy bears intended to deceive targets into relaxing their guard, starting at least in May 2020.

Assaults like the ones made by FIN7 are referred to be HID or USB drive-by attacks, and they are only effective if the targets are coerced into inserting unfamiliar USB devices into their workstations or voluntarily do so.

By limiting employee access to USB devices based on their hardware ID or if they have been approved by the company’s security staff, businesses may protect themselves from such assaults.

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UK gives Facebook’s purchase of Kustomer the go light



purchase of Kustomer the go light

Facebook’s acquisition of CRM firm Kustomer has been approved by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The rumoured $1 billion acquisition was disclosed in November of last year, but it has been delayed for regulatory review. The CMA cited “adequate competitive limitations would exist” as justification for its choice. The European Commission has not yet made a judgement on the agreement, though.

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