The Startup Pitch Deck

October 10, 2013

What makes a good startup? There is a long list of things, including team, vision, market opportunity, but even with the best startup idea in the world, entrepreneurs still need to have a strong handle on how they pitch the idea to investors if they want to stand a chance of bringing their idea to […]

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10 Tips for Food Entrepreneurs

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

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: The Food Loft is founded out of The Harvard Common Press office space, and offers […]

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Innovation in Food: RestaurantTech

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

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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IACP Governace

September 6, 2013

I was out in Chicago recently, attending an International Association of Culinary Professionals board meeting as part of the conference planning process. While the two-day meeting covered much of the usual ground around procedural and organization task-setting, we spent a whole day focused on board governance that I found to be a fascinating exercise in […]

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CraftFund Launches Crowdfunding Platform for Beer

August 28, 2013

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: 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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Alternative Financing for Food Startups: DPOs

August 19, 2013

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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GrubHub and Seamless Merger Complete

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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Startup Entrepreneur to Company CEO

August 1, 2013

Being a startup entrepreneur can really mean the dog’s life (before that billion dollar Instagram exit, that is). Late nights, gruelingly long hours, ramen for dinner, or sometimes no dinner at all. But, it’s for the love of bringing new ideas to reality, for doing something radically new that many entrepreneurs take up the mantel […]

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