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.
Vice President of Hardware
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.
Vice President, Hospitality and Travel
A former Senior Vice President of the Americas at La Bottega and Vice President of the Global Hotel Division at Molton Brown, Rory brings 17+ years of hospitality experience and expertise to the development of his sales vertical. At Molton Brown, he led the company and brand forward via channel sales strategies, product development, brand marketing, and P&L management.
Vice President, Nutrition
Most recently, Alison was the National Director of Nutrition Strategy at Guckenheimer, one of the top foodservice management companies in the U.S. She began her career as a Culinary Nutritionist at Google before transitioning to Apple as a Corporate Wellness Dietician. Alison has co-authored a diabetes cookbook and often lectures to various groups including physicians and corporations.
Vice President, Off-Premise Kitchen Business Unit Sales & Marketing
During his almost-25-year journey with Jason’s Deli, Lee was responsible for many “firsts” in the industry. As the Chief Marketing Officer, he pioneered an online group ordering platform which resulted in online revenue exceeding $120+ million. He started his career as the Founder and CEO of Delivery Dynamics, where he developed the delivery program for TGI Friday’s and Jason’s Deli, among others.
Vice President of Design
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 service, EAT Club. Responsible for meeting all creative needs for the startup, she oversaw marketing, branding, and creative services. Previously, she co-founded the venture-backed luxury fashion e-commerce company, ModeWalk.
Chief Culinary Officer
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.
A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Robert started his career at the prestigious Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, working his way up to Chef de Cuisine during his nine years there. Robert later joined the team at Calafia Café, becoming the second in command and working closely with Chef Charlie Ayers. Most recently, he was the private chef for Harry Cheung, a well-known angel investor.
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.
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