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Join host Michael Wolf and the Spoon editors as they explore the world of food tech.

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Join host Michael Wolf and the Spoon editors as they explore the world of food tech.

    Overcoming Obstacles To Build Kitchen Tech Hardware With Ovie's Ty Thompson

    Overcoming Obstacles To Build Kitchen Tech Hardware With Ovie's Ty Thompson

    Ty Thompson and the rest of the Ovie team recently passed a major milestone: They shipped their first piece of hardware.
    The product, a consumer food waste management system, was over half a decade in the making. Along the way to market, the founding team faced numerous challenges around funding, finalizing the product concept and design, building prototypes for manufacturing, and finding the right manufacturer to work with.
    Ty talks about all of these challenges and the lessons learned, including:
    -Battling mission creep around the product's vision
    -How to find the right minimum viable product to get it into production
    -What you need to do (and what you shouldn't do) when looking to find the right manufacturing partner
    -How to balance your life and your day job while hustling to build a startup
    And much more. 
    Ovie will be at Smart Kitchen Summit, so if you like what you hear and want to connect with the team in person, get your ticket at www.smartkitchensummit.com.

    • 35 min
    Talking AI and the Future of Cooking With Chris Young

    Talking AI and the Future of Cooking With Chris Young

    Chris Young is one of the most provocative and interesting thinkers in the future of food and cooking, so any time he visits The Spoon podcast we learn a lot.
    This time was no exception. 
    In this episode of The Spoon Podcast, we talk about:
    How he has put AI compute into something as small as a thermometer  Where he thinks generative AI and other AI is going in the food and cooking space How he thinks big companies should approach the AI era  Why he's back creating content for Youtube and other channels again And much more! Chris will be back at Smart Kitchen Summit this summer in Seattle, so if you're interested in seeing him there or learning more, head to www.smartkitchensummit.com.
     

    • 43 min
    Talking Underground Delivery With Pipedream's Garrett McCurrach

    Talking Underground Delivery With Pipedream's Garrett McCurrach

    Food delivery through underground tubes?
    Sounds crazy, but it's already happening today, and Pipedream's Garrett McCurrach thinks it just may be the future of delivery.
    We catch up with Garrett just a week after they announced their first pilot in the Atlanta suburbs, where they have built a system that delivers food and other items underground for nearly a mile.
    During this podcast we talk about how Garrett came up with the idea, what it was like to showcase the system to Jeff Bezos, how the company is working with fast food restaurants to rethink drive-thru pickup and what he sees for the future of underground delivery. 
    As always, like or subscribe if you haven't already. 

    • 39 min
    Why Are CPG Brands Freaking Out About Ozempic?

    Why Are CPG Brands Freaking Out About Ozempic?

    This week SuperGut CEO Marc Washington joins the podcast to talk about why new GLP-1 drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy are keeping CPG brand CEOs up at night.
    These new drugs, which got their start as a new class of pharmaceuticals that help contol type 2 diabetes, have become very popular in recent years as weight loss drug. They are hugely effective in suppressing appetites and reducing the overall calorie intake of those taking them, so much so that some speculate that they could have a significant impact on overall demand for food if, as predicted, tens of millions begin to take them in coming years as the price comes down and more accessible formats (i.e. not shots) become available. 
     Marc thinks a lot about these drugs because his company, SuperGut, creates a natural alternative to GLP-1 drugs in the form of supplements, snacks and bars. His journey to leading the company was born out of both a personal loss as well as a chance meeting with Dave Friedberg, the CEO of The Production Board. 
    You can learn more about Super Gut on their website.
    And a quick plug before we go: The Spoon is heading up the food tech conference at CES, the world's biggest technology expo. If you'd like to become involved as a sponsor, just fill out this form and we'll be in touch!

    • 31 min
    How AI Is Changing Personalized Nutrition

    How AI Is Changing Personalized Nutrition

    In this episode of The Spoon Podcast, we welcome Ari Tulla, CEO of Elo Health.
    Ari got his start in tech working for mobile giant Nokia, where he helped lead the company's mobile app studio. 
    However, after his wife experienced a health scare in the late 2000s, Ari decided to turn his attention to the broken health system and built what he describes as a "search engine for doctors."
    After he sold that company, he began to think about how the explosion in personal data using wearables and other inputs could help pave a way for food as medicine and personalized nutrition. That journey eventually led to the creation of Elo Health, a company that uses AI to power a personalized nutrition and supplement platform. 
    Ari will be joining The Spoon and others at the Food AI Summit on October 25th to discuss his journey. If you want to connect with Ari personally (and try an Elo Health personalized supplement!), join us in Alameda. Use the discount code PODCAST for 25% off tickets. 

    • 34 min
    Food Tech News: Wonder Buys Blue Apron, Elon Breaks Ground on Drive In Restaurant

    Food Tech News: Wonder Buys Blue Apron, Elon Breaks Ground on Drive In Restaurant

    We're back after a couple weeks off to wrap up some of the top stories of the week. 
    Mike and Allen talk about these stories:
    Wonder acquires Blue Apron Scentian wants to replicate insect smell capability using AI and sensors Video from Serve Robotics leads to arrest and conviction  Tesla has broken ground on  its Drive In Theater and Diner  Our Food AI Summit is in just three and a half weeks. Use discount code PODCAST to get 25% off of tickets!
     

    • 23 min

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