food

I suppose it has something to do with the holiday season or the end of the year that money is flying around so freely. Last week, we had the announcement about the E La Carte partnership with Applebee’s, and today Sysco announced a deal to buy US Foods for $3.5 billion (and yes, that is […]

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10 Tips for Food Entrepreneurs

by Adam on October 3, 2013

I was honored to recently participate as a contributing writer to Local Food Labs “Start Something Local” initiative, an innovative platform to help food entrepreneurs launch their new products with the help of a dedicated network of professionals with expertise in the food industry. As an investor in the food and foodtech space, the good […]

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Kickstarting Success

by Adam on September 15, 2013

Crowdfunding as a platform for entrepreneurial success has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, with Kickstarter being one of the best examples of how harnessing the power of crowdsourced donation can launch new businesses. Everything from reusable whiteboard notebooks and wearable time-lapse camera devices, to homespun LPs and new film projects can find […]

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As both a lover of craft beer AND of innovation in the food space, I was really interested in the recent announcement about CraftFund, a crowdfunding platform for craft beer companies and startups: http://www.foodtechconnect.com/2013/08/26/craftfund-to-launch-equity-crowdfunding-craft-beer-food/ While we’ve been seeing an incredible increase in the adoption of craft beer across the country (now accounting for 10% of […]

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I had a meeting a number of months ago with a woman who was explaining the benefits of alternative sourcing of funding, specifically for food companies. Her expertise was in an area of finance that I had never heard of before, but have since learned much about, called Direct Public Offerings (DPOs), which are primarily […]

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Having worked in the food industry for almost 7 years, and with startups for almost 5, metrics are obviously an important part of understanding the success or failure of ventures over the long-term. One startling fact that has come to light about the food ecosystem suggests that the means by which we find and shop […]

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Walmart Labs

by Adam on June 24, 2013

And they say that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. As a recent transplant to San Francisco, I can’t help but notice the huge billboards along Highway 101 advertising the opportunity to “change the way people eat, 1,000,000,000 people at a time.” All feelings aside about what that says about mass commercialization of the food […]

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The Sharing Economy

by Adam on June 10, 2013

I’ve been hearing a lot of hype recently about the Sharing Economy. Recently, it seems that companies are popping up across the startup ecosystem catering to the idea that people’s unused inventory (whether that be cars, bedrooms or kitchens) can be put to use to generate income for their owners. I think the idea itself, […]

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Internet Week Food + Tech

by Adam on May 27, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a food + tech investment panel during Internet Week, which featured a look at the fundraising space from both sides of the table. Led by Brita Rosenheim of Rosenheim Advisors, the panel explored the opportunities around finding strategic investors, navigating the pitfalls of raising the first […]

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Managing Efficiency in the Food Chain

by Adam on May 22, 2013

Over the past 3-4 years, I’ve met with a number of entrepreneurs, looked at a variety of business models and thought about everything from bifurcation and disruption to locality and “back to the roots” farming. Behind these ideas are smart entrepreneurs, micro- and macro-trends, and usually, a whole lot of tech. And while, most often, […]

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