Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Deepak started Chowbotics in 2014 to make food preparation fun by automating tedious, repetitive tasks with robotics. Prior to Chowbotics, he was a Director at Rambus and Chief Scientist at MonolithIC 3D Inc. He is an inventor of more than 100 patents, of which a dozen are used in every iPhone. He received his B. Tech from IIT Madras in 2003 and PhD from Georgia Tech in 2007.
Rich was an Apple Fellow in the 1980s, where he prototyped the Lisa, the first Mac, the big Mac and the first portable Mac. Following Apple, he joined Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer, where he served as a co-Founder and VP Engineering. He has built and sold two startups successfully since NeXT. Most recently, he was a Fellow at Rambus.
Charlie is best known as the Executive Chef who set up Google's trendsetting food program. His restaurant, Calafia Café & Market A Go-Go in Palo Alto, CA, epitomizes the idea that “being green” is good for the producer, consumer, environment and local community. He brings this same pioneering spirit to his work with the Chowbotics team and Sally’s recipes, designed to keep people energized and at their best.
Vice President and General Manager
Gang is Vice President and General Manager of Chowbotics' China Development Center. An ex-Intel team member, he oversees Chowbotics China operations, product development, manufacturing, purchasing and quality control. He received his BS from Tsinghua University and PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology. Gang also has his MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.
Vice President of Culinary Services
Kelly Olazar was Executive Chef at Seagate and Chef de Cuisine at Google X. She has had the opportunity to cook for some of the world’s most well-known and influential individuals such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and James Franco. An operations guru, her team ensures kitchen staff enjoy working with the Sally robots they have purchased.
Senior Director of Business Development
Slaton Smith was Senior Director at Arby's, where he managed $40M in marketing budget for 1200 restaurants. He has also held senior leadership roles at Applebee's, TGI Friday's and Denny's. Slaton manages the business development team for Chowbotics.
Executive Chairman of Chowbotics
Founder and co-CEO of Techstars
Owner of 15 McDonald's restaurants and President at Sand Hill Angels
Co-founder and Managing Partner at Foundry Group
Founder and CEO of Chowbotics
"These are the most fun robots I've been around, and you get to eat the result! How cool is that? Fantastic team and incredible mission!"
Co-CEO of Techstars
"We at Foundry Group are super excited about Chowbotics. We think Deepak and team are creating an incredible food producing platform."
Co-founder and Managing Partner of Foundry Group and Chowbotics Board Member