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It was only a matter of time before one of the food delivery companies bought another. And yesterday, DoorDash announced it agreed to buy Caviar from Square for a whopping $410 million in cash and stock. It paid just over $44 million for it in 2014.

Why it matters: Square was trying to sell the food delivery company at least as far back as late 2015, as Bloomberg reported shortly after, and a number of companies like Uber, GrubHub and Yelp passed on it. At the time, Square was suggesting a price tag of about $100 million, which companies balked at.

  • And, according to a source familiar with DoorDash's thinking, it sees Caviar's partner restaurants and strong markets as additive to its own (meaning, not as much current overlap), making it a valuable asset to acquire, though the apps will remain separate for the time being. Still, whether it's worth the price is up to interpretation.
  • Caviar's certainly grown since then, and bolstered its corporate ordering business via its acquisition last year of Zesty.

Bonus: Postmates also took a close look at Caviar as part of the formal process Square recently ran, a source tells Axios, but ultimately didn't make an offer, finding it overpriced. It's unclear who else, if anyone at all, also seriously considered or made bids.

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Read: Former Vice President Walter Mondale's last message

Photo courtesy of Mondale.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote a farewell letter to his staff, sent upon his death on Monday, thanking them for years working together.

Dear Team,

Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I Go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side!

Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight.

Joe in the White House certainly helps.

I always knew it would be okay if I arrived some place and was greeted by one of you!

My best to all of you!

Fritz

Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Walter Mondale, left, with former President Jimmy Carter in Jan. 2018 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota's campus in Minneapolis. Photo: Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.

The big picture: President Biden, who was mentored by Mondale through the years, said in 2015 that the former vice president gave him a "roadmap" to successfully take on the job.

Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin "advised" him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions, two sources briefed on the situation tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Sullivan, a respected diplomat who President Biden has, so far, retained from the Trump era, is at the center of one of the most important early tests of Biden's resolve.