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…

Episode 101 – How to Survive (and Thrive) with Purpose – Seth of Honest Tea

Episode 101 – How to Survive (and Thrive) with Purpose – Seth of Honest Tea
Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. They were acquired in 2011 are now a $160 million division of Coca-Cola. Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the nation’s top-selling organic children/youth beverage. The brands are carried in more than 100,000 outlets in…

Episode 100 – How to Seduce and Succeed with Buyers

Episode 100 – How to Seduce and Succeed with Buyers
It's been almost three years since we started the show. Today we finally reached a milestone.  Triple digits baby! All this time we have spent - interviewing experts, talking to listeners, and going through the trials and tribulations of a food startup ourselves - we have picked up a lot of ideas on how to succeed. This knowledge needs to…

Episode 99 – Branding Packaging + Design 101 – Jordan and Fed of Hungry Studio

Episode 99 – Branding Packaging + Design 101 – Jordan and Fed of Hungry Studio
Over the last 6 months, we have had many listener requests for a packaging/branding episode. It took a while, but I finally found the experts. Jordan Hill and Fed Pacheco met when in the design program at the University of North Texas. Upon graduation they took separate paths as art directors in different global ad agencies, working on global and national…

Episode 98 – Growth Stories from Blue Crabs to Boston – Sean of LeanBox

Episode 98 – Growth Stories from Blue Crabs to Boston – Sean of LeanBox
The original title was "Growth Stories from Blue Crabs to the Bronx to Brooklyn to Boston".. full of alliteration but a bit too long. Sean Butler has been moving north during his life, adding skills and experiences along the way. The current stop of his journey is VP of Growth at one of the hottest startups in New England. Sean joined…