Food

GrubHub and Seamless Merger Complete

by Adam on August 10, 2013

Earlier this year, GrubHub and Seamless announced a merger that would make them the largest provider of online restaurant marketing services in the country. I stop short of saying deliver because, contrary to popular belief, neither Seamless nor GrubHub provides delivery as a service. Needless to say, the opportunity in the restaurant marketing space is […]

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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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Restaurant Quality Meals at Home

by Adam on July 3, 2013

I was eating out with a friend of mine the other night at a relatively new restaurant in San Francisco. There was a relatively limited menu of Southern-inspired foods, and we both opted for a mix of grits and fried chicken, which ended up being both an amazingly unhealthy and delicious choice. Offhandedly, my friend […]

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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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Finding Strategic Investors

by Adam on June 4, 2013

The recent panel I was involved in during Internet Week related to funding for food + tech companies got me thinking about the opportunity for finding investment. Many fundamental questions arose during that session around how to find investors and what to look for that I thought a quick run-through of some high points might […]

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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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America Cooks

by Adam on May 17, 2013

I was eating out recently with a friend of mine, who has been studying at the CIA (the culinary institution, not the government behemoth) for quite some time now. We were enjoying a delicious meal, and she mentioned how much butter and other unhealthy ingredients (salt, etc) probably went in to making the dish taste […]

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As part of a semi-recurring series on the state of food + tech, I’m interested in following trends around specific companies that are cropping up in the space. One of the big things I’ve noticed in this arena is that oftentimes, where there is one startup, there are many. In looking at the breadth of […]

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