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About Us

We’re a team on a mission

We call it, #freshforall

We believe fresh food should be easy for everyone, everywhere, at every time, and for every taste. It’s everything we proudly believe that Sally is capable of delivering. And it’s the motivating force behind the decisions we make as a company every day.

Rick Wilmer

CEO


Rick brings over 30 years of industry experience and a proven track record of leadership to his role as CEO. He started his career in the hard disk drive industry, taking sophisticated electromechanical…Rick brings over 30 years of industry experience and a proven track record of leadership to his role as CEO. He started his career in the hard disk drive industry, taking sophisticated electromechanical products to high volume production as VP of Engineering and VP of Operations. Later, he was part of the management team at Aruba Networks as it conducted its IPO. Rick then joined Pliant as CEO and led it to an acquisition by SanDisk for $327M. Recently, he was the CEO of Mojo Networks, which he led to a successful acquisition by Arista Networks. He received a BS from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Deepak Sekar

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT


An inventor with 125 patents and the creator of Sally the Robot, Deepak is responsible for technology, products, and strategic partnerships as President of Chowbotics. Deepak founded Chowbotics in 2014 …An inventor with 125 patents and the creator of Sally the Robot, Deepak is responsible for technology, products, and strategic partnerships as President of Chowbotics. Deepak founded Chowbotics in 2014 to make fresh food more accessible to all through the application of advanced robotics. Prior to Chowbotics, he was a Director at Rambus and Chief Scientist at MonolithIC 3D Inc. He received his B. Tech from IIT Madras in 2003 and PhD from Georgia Tech in 2007.

Mara Behrens

VP, DESIGN & MARKETING


A creative leader with 15+ years of experience designing visual systems, Mara most recently led the creative team for one of the largest business-focused lunch delivery services, EAT Club. Responsible for …A creative leader with 15+ years of experience designing visual systems, Mara most recently led the creative team for one of the largest business-focused lunch delivery services, EAT Club. Responsible for meeting all creative needs for EAT Club, she oversaw marketing, branding, and creative services. Previously, she co-founded the venture-backed luxury fashion e-commerce company, ModeWalk.

Dr. Hamid Sani

VP, SOFTWARE


Former co-founder of Bistrobot, a sandwich robotics company, Hamid brings unique qualifications to Chowbotics as the Vice President, Software. More recently he served as Sr. …Former co-founder of Bistrobot, a sandwich robotics company, Hamid brings unique qualifications to Chowbotics as the Vice President, Software. More recently he served as Sr. Systems Integration Engineer at Verb Surgical, and prior to that was the Lead Mechanical Engineer at Wasatch Autonomy. Hamid holds a Master’s and Ph.D in Robotics from University of Utah.

Nolan Schachter

VP, CUSTOMER SUCCESS


Nolan has been working in sales and marketing of food robotics since 2015. He started his career in marketing at the headquarters of Canada’s largest pharmacy retailer and went onto leading …Nolan has been working in sales and marketing of food robotics since 2015. He started his career in marketing at the headquarters of Canada’s largest pharmacy retailer and went onto leading the digital marking efforts for a large natural health CPG brand. In 2015 Nolan went onto join a Y-Combinator company, teaBOT, as the Sales and Marketing Director where he led business development and branding. He sometimes binges on salads while at demos, eating 3-4 in one day!

Keith Giordano

VP, OPERATIONS


After years of trading equities on and off of Wall Street, Keith embraced his entrepreneurial spirit, moved to the Bay Area, and joined the startup workforce. His previous position …After years of trading equities on and off of Wall Street, Keith embraced his entrepreneurial spirit, moved to the Bay Area, and joined the startup workforce. His previous position was Director of Sales Operations for a Saas company, Plexure. He holds a degree in Public Policy from Brown University.

Dr. Gang Huang

VP, CHINA DEVELOPMENT CENTER


An ex-Intel team member, Gang is responsible for the hardware engineering and the manufacturing of Sally the Salad Robot. He received his BS from Tsinghua University and PhD from Georgia …An ex-Intel team member, Gang is responsible for the hardware engineering and the manufacturing of Sally the Salad Robot. 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.

George Yan

GM, CHINA DEVELOPMENT CENTER


George is General Manager of the China Development Center at Chowbotics. Before he joined Chowbotics, he was an Assistant General Manager at Dragon Innovation, a firm that helps US …George is General Manager of the China Development Center at Chowbotics. Before he joined Chowbotics, he was an Assistant General Manager at Dragon Innovation, a firm that helps US companies manufacture in China. In this role, he helped take products such as the Makerbot, Sphero and Pebble Watch to successful manufacturing in China. George spent the early part of his career in IBM, where he was a procurement manager. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from HUST.

Rich Page

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS


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…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.

Deepak Sekar

BOARD MEMBER


Founder of Chowbotics

Jason Mendelson

BOARD MEMBER


Co-founder and Managing Partner at Foundry Group

David Cohen

BOARD MEMBER


Founder and co-CEO of Techstars

Rick Wilmer

BOARD MEMBER


CEO of Chowbotics

Cosme Fagundo

BOARD MEMBER


Owner of 15 McDonald’s restaurants and President at Sand Hill Angels

“These are the most fun robots I’ve seen around, and you get to eat the result! How cool is that? Fantastic team and incredible mission!”


DAVID COHEN
FOUNDER AND 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.”


JASON MENDELSON
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER OF FOUNDRY GROUP AND CHOWBOTICS BOARD MEMBER

“We at Foundry Group are super excited about Chowbotics. We think Deepak and team are creating an incredible food producing platform.”


JASON MENDELSON
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER OF FOUNDRY
GROUP AND CHOWBOTICS BOARD MEMBER

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