The MT Interview: The Ocado Boys

The co-founders of the online grocery company, Tim Steiner, Jason Gissing and Jonathan Faiman - ex-Goldman Sachs brokers all - are closing in on profitability after eight years. And they just love to needle Sir Terry Leahy. Should Tesco's be very afraid?

by Andrew Davidson

Let's discuss obsession, in its many forms. 'Here it is,' says Tim Steiner, handing me his BlackBerry.

Steiner, co-founder of Ocado, the online grocery business, wants to show me an e-mail from a journalist recounting a recent meeting with Sir Terry Leahy, boss of Tesco. The e-mail tells how Leahy ended the session by cracking a joke - he'd managed not to mention Ocado all lunch.

'And then, of course, he had,' says Steiner.

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