Food

by Adam on December 23, 2014

Continuing in our spate of 2013 foodtech acquisitions, OpenTable recently announced an $11.5MM acquisition of QuickCue, a restaurant provider of management services for dine-in guests. http://press.opentable.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=814165 I’m particularly interested in the news because OpenTable is establishing itself as one go-to acquirer of early-stage companies in the restaurant-tech space. It’s good news for any company trying […]

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OpenTable Acquires QuickCue

by Adam on December 23, 2013

Continuing in our spate of 2013 foodtech acquisitions, OpenTable recently announced an $11.5MM acquisition of QuickCue, a restaurant provider of management services for dine-in guests. http://press.opentable.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=814165 I’m particularly interested in the news because OpenTable is establishing itself as one go-to acquirer of early-stage companies in the restaurant-tech space. It’s good news for any company trying […]

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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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Earlier today, E La Carte announced that it had entered into a long-term partnership with the popular Applebee’s restaurant chain to provide 100K tablets for a national roll-out by the end of 2014. You can read full details of the announcement here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/02/e-la-carte-scores-deal-with-applebees-bringing-100000-tableside-tablets-to-all-u-s-locations-by-year-end-2014/ The news is ground-breaking insofar as it represents the first major inroad […]

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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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The Food Loft Launches in Boston

by Adam on September 30, 2013

Today, in the spirit of fostering relationships with entrepreneurs in the food and foodtech space, I’m pleased to share the news that The Food Loft has officially opened in Boston’s South End. You can read more about it here: http://www.thefoodloft.com The Food Loft is founded out of The Harvard Common Press office space, and offers […]

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Innovation in Food: RestaurantTech

by Adam on September 24, 2013

As part of a semi-recurring series on this blog, I’ve been looking at a variety of verticals within the foodtech space to evaluate potential business opportunity, and explore both pros and cons of new business models. We’re looking today at the restauranttech space, which technically doesn’t exist, but it’s the best way to describe the […]

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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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