January 2013

OpenTable Acquires Foodspotting for $10MM

by Adam on January 29, 2013

In the second (of perhaps more to come) food M&A deal this year, the user-generated food photo-sharing site Foodspotting.com was acquired by Opentable for $10MM. I’m sure everyone is familiar with Opentable, they were one of the first big tech disruptors in the food space that did something, making the process of booking a restaurant table seamless […]


The Folly of Direct to Consumer

by Adam on January 23, 2013

The title for this post is intentionally meant to raise eyebrows, cause people to grab their pitchforks, and raise them over their heads in not-so-subtle exasperation. But, it’s also meant to grab your attention and focus it on an issue that’s getting so much attention in the bookselling business and beyond: direct to consumer sales. […]


The Meaning of “Brand”

by Adam on January 19, 2013

When you think of the word “brand,” what comes to mind? Certainly, there are companies that are brands, authors that are brands, products that are branded a certain way and resonate with consumers. With so many different instances and ideas of what a “brand” can be, what does it really come down to? I was […]


Exploring the Future of Cookbook Publishing

by Adam on January 15, 2013

I’m gearing up for The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference, upcoming in about 3 weeks in NYC. This is a conference that kicked off last year in the first-ever event to explore the past, present and future of cookbooks in-depth. I have been (and am) primarily involved with the future/digital portion of the conference, organizing 16 […]


Financing the Future of Food

by Adam on January 11, 2013

I was involved in a panel discussion yesterday on funding food start-ups, which was put on by Matt Wise, founder of the Food Start-up Meetup Group in San Francisco: http://www.meetup.com/FoodStartups/events/53689002/   The panel included some great perspectives in the funding space, including: Moderator: Wade Roush, Chief Correspondent and San Francisco Editor, Xconomy Venture Capital: Andy Donner, Physic Ventures […]


Punchfork Acquired by Pinterest

by Adam on January 5, 2013

By now, I’m sure many have heard this news, but it bears repeating because it has some significant implications for Pinterest’s place in the market and also underscores the future of M&A activity in food and how that may progress this year. http://mashable.com/2013/01/03/pinterest-acquires-punchfork/ Unfortunately, there’s no real sense of what the acquisition price was for […]


So This is the New Year…

by Adam on January 1, 2013

With the new year upon us, we all seem to take time to reflect upon the year past and the year ahead to see where we’d like to be when the clock strikes midnight 365 days from now. I’m excited for the future and all that 2013 has in store. Professionally, the food business continues […]