Food

San Francisco

Eatsa, the First Fully Automated Restaurant in America

By | Sep 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

It’s finally happened. The integration of tech has segued to the food industry. America’s first ever fully automated restaurant, Eatsa in San Francisco, has opened. However, if this comes as a surprise, please open up those peepers the next time you go out to…

Food

Foodies Inspire the Rise of Supper Clubs

By | Sep 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

Eating out can mean different things to different people. For some it’s just a bite out when they don’t have the energy to cook at home. For others it may be a celebration or special occasion, or just a night out with good friends….

Food

Fostering Creativity Through the World of Culinary Incubators

By | Aug 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

Imagine you’re a first-time food startup. You have a great recipe, a tried and tested product, and a little bit of money to help you launch a dream. Where do you go from here? Launching a food startup isn’t the same as say, creating…

Food

NYC

Servy Restaurant Review App Serves Feedback to Businesses

By | Aug 9, 2015 at 2:03 pm

As someone who grew up working in the hospitality industry – from my first gig bussing tables at Dutch’s Daughter in Frederick, MD to obtaining my Masters in Tourism Administration at the age of 32 – I understand how important, and oftentimes misunderstood, the…

Food

Food Startups Changing the Way We Eat at Home

By | Aug 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm

As an entrepreneur my mind is always racing – I’m thinking about that next big pitch, quarterly updates to our shareholders, what our competitors are doing, etc. Not a minute goes by where I’m not inundated with memories the past, or worried about things…

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Food

Fresh Food Tastes Better: Startups that Make Buying Local Easy

By | Jul 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Industrial farming came about at the turn of the twentieth century during the Industrial Revolution. As we began developing machinery to do most of the heavy lifting for us, small and medium farming and agricultural operations have steadily declined. Large industrial operations have since…

Food

DC

Waste to Taste: Startups Repurposing Food Waste with Delicious Solutions

By | Jul 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

What a better way to kick off a food startup column than to start with the end in mind – the topic of food waste. It’s unanimous across organizations such as the World Resources Institute, the USDA, World Food Day, and NRDC that in…

Food

Tokyo

Using LED Grow Lights for Tea – Crazy or a Unique Business Opportunity?

By | Jul 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm

In the indoor gardening industry, LED grow lights have been steadily supplanting traditional HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights over the past few years. While early LED lights were poorly built and led to many ruined harvests, today’s lights are rigorously tested and produce the…

Food

London

Velocity: “Let’s Make Dining Out More Personal”

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Zia Yusuf and Alex Macdonald, longtime childhood friends, decided in 2014 that it was time to end the multitude of consumer frustrations in restaurants, something they had experienced firsthand. Though the question for them became how to solve this problem. The duo spent a…

Entertainment

Miami

Booze Delivery App Minibar Launches in Miami

By | Jan 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm

If you won’t come to the bar then the bar must come to you. New York-based startup Minibar, a booze deliver app has launched in Miami. By downloading the Minibar app, users can easily order wine, spirits and beer for delivery. The delivery, which promises…

Food

San Diego

Guaranteed, CounterCrop Will Give you a ‘Green Thumb’

By | Jan 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

In early December I wrote an article about CounterCrop, a local San Diego company that launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their counter-top growing system. The product itself was interesting, but more so were the philosophies driving its creation and how quickly the team was…

Food

Amsterdam

Withlocals Launches Travel App That Connects Tourists With Locals in Southeast Asia

By | Dec 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Dutch startup Withlocals launched their new travel guide app that connects travelers with trusted local hosts in Southeast Asia.  Instead of relying on generic recommendations on your next trip abroad, Withlocals’ new app will help you easily connect with locals. The unique “Ask a local”…

Business

Chicago

Uber, Fooda, Drizy, Others Team Up to Select One Great Chicago Company for the Ultimate Office Happy Hour

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Five Chicago startups are teaming up for Happy Hour Delivered, a promotion aimed at giving one Chicago business the ultimate happy hour experience. Drizly, Instacart, Fooda, Uber and Handy will be providing food, drink, transportation, and cleanup altogether worth up to $2,330 for one Chicago…

Communication

DC

YOPP: From Arlington Small Business Day to an App That Connects You Directly to Small Businesses

By | Dec 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

This past Saturday, President Obama was spotted at local bookstore Politics & Prose – undoubtedly a renowned institution in Washington, D.C. – supporting the small business economy by purchasing 17 books from the shop. In recent years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as “Small Business…