Fury at 'Bodega' tech startup that aims to put corner shops out of business

The Guardian 

A tech startup called Bodega that hopes to replace mom-and-pop shops with unmanned boxes that rely on an app and artificial intelligence is facing a massive backlash from immigrant business owners and skeptics across Silicon Valley. "The vision here is much bigger than the box itself," co-founder Paul McDonald, a former Google product manager, told Fast Company. McDonald told Fast Company he was unveiling 50 new locations on the west coast and plans to spread across the country, with more than a thousand "Bodegas" in place by the end of 2018. Even if Bodega rapidly grows, many shoppers won't want to abandon their local stores, said Trisha Chakrabarti, senior program and policy manager at Mandela MarketPlace, a nonprofit that supports local grocery stores and is based in Oakland, California, where Bodega is headquartered.