Episode 111 – Creating a Food Commodities Exchange – Kellee of Mercaris

Episode 111 – Creating a Food Commodities Exchange – Kellee of Mercaris
"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future." - Steve Jobs Kellee James exemplifies this quote. Looking at her experience, one can connect the dots and trace why she was able to start a food commodities exchange. Mercaris allows buyers…

Episode 110 – The Food Truck Episode – Bob and Richard of M&R Specialty

Episode 110 – The Food Truck Episode – Bob and Richard of M&R Specialty
Richard Willis and Bob Pierson saw the trend of food trucks before most. From their website: "The Macclenny based company, M&R Specialty Trailers + Trucks is cooking up a thriving business of customizing food trucks and trailers. They have capitalized upon the public’s insatiable appetite for mobile food, the steady online buzz, and the testimonies of satisfied customers – nearly…

Episode 109 – The World’s Smartest Coffee Machine – Roderick of Spinn Coffee

Episode 109 – The World’s Smartest Coffee Machine – Roderick of Spinn Coffee
"After the tour, I started meeting with him regularly to do Harley trips, and over a bottle of whiskey we both talked about doing something together, starting a business ... Let’s make a coffee machine that’s connected, that uses your patent." If you're into coffee, you may own a variety of equipment: grinder, coffee dripper, french press, an expresso machine…

Episode 108 – 80 farms, 6000+ stores in 7 Years – Tim of Maple Hill Creamery

Episode 108 – 80 farms, 6000+ stores in 7 Years – Tim of Maple Hill Creamery
Tim Joseph had no farming experience. He had never even milked a cow. In 2004, he received a fast education when sixty-four cows stepped off the trailers onto his land. Thrown into the fire, Tim and his wife Laura started selling milk while Tim worked a full-time corporate job from home. In 2009, they went "all in", opened a storefront and transitioned…

Episode 107 – Entrepreneur, Innovator, + Farmer – Tim of Shenandoah Growers

Episode 107 – Entrepreneur, Innovator, + Farmer – Tim of Shenandoah Growers
Tim Heydon started at Shenandoah Growers via an unusual route: along with a few classmates, he wrote a case study on the company while doing his MBA nearby at James Madison University. This was 1998. Tim joined the company as CEO and has grown Shenandoah into 350 employees across 300,000 square feet of growing/packing facilities in Virginia, Texas, Indiana, and Georgia.…

Episode 106 – The Grocery Shopper 2.0 with Sam of the Sage Project.

Episode 106 – The Grocery Shopper 2.0 with Sam of the Sage Project.
In today's interview we talk about the paradox of choice and the power of data. As Sam Slover mentioned in the interview: "If you think of a grocery store with a huge aisle of 60+ yogurts to choose from, but each of those yogurts has a slightly different (nutritional) profile", how do you choose the healthiest yogurt to eat? Sam's…

Episode 105 – An 8 Minute Intro to AI and Food Startups

Episode 105 – An 8 Minute Intro to AI and Food Startups
Self-driving cars, IBM's Watson, and Google's search algorithm are just a few examples of AI (Artificial Intelligence) .. it is already here. And it is rapidly becoming a bigger part of our lives. AI will change food. Listen to this quick overview as a starting point for AI Awareness, how you can start thinking about AI business ideas and some…

Episode 104 – Editorial and Social Content Tips from a Food Freelancer – Kristen Hawley

Episode 104 – Editorial and Social Content Tips from a Food Freelancer – Kristen Hawley
Kristen Hawley is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and editor focusing on chefs and restaurants + digital and social technology. Like a lot of freelancers, she leads a fascinating life. She has worked on creative projects with OpenTable, the National Restaurant Association, TechTable Summit, SF's Nopa restaurant, SALIDO, Upserve, and more and has a background in traditional magazine publishing (Country…

Episode 103 – Mental Models for Prosperity

Episode 103 – Mental Models for Prosperity
$85 is the most I ever paid for a book. Not a textbook, but a plain old hardcover book. I had to have it... It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I am a better thinker and food entrepreneur because of it. The most important takeaway from the book was the importance of having a latticework of mental…