Chowbotics Blog

This is the intersection of food and technology. Where our passion for robotics and innovation combines with our love of great food and quality ingredients.

Food, Robotics,

How Will Technology Help Keep Our Food Safe?

48 Million. That’s one in 6 of us who get sick each year from foodborne illness.  Unsafe food handling practices at a local salad bar has the potential to impact hundreds. Lapses early on in the supply chain can result in harmful products landing on grocery store shelves, impacting millions. In April, Over 2 million…

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Food, Leadership,

Chowbotics Aims to Reduce Food Waste

Summary: Here are the key points about food waste covered in this post in order of appearance: There are opportunities for reducing waste across every stage of a food’s life: Farming, processing, retail, and consumer. Individuals are the largest contributors to food waste; therefore, they can have the greatest impact towards reducing food waste. See…

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Food, Jobs,

Food tips to fuel an all-nighter

Chowbotics is moving fast, working round the clock, as the team prepares for an important launch in Dallas, TX. Not an uncommon practice, if not lifestyle for the engineer to pull all-nighters, free from distractions that come with daylight hours. It’s a lifestyle choice that works well for some and one that many engineers wouldn’t…

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Leadership,

Hacking Charisma…

When  you have a company with multiple executives, you’ll notice some have a X factor: they can attract amazing talent, their employees are easily influenced by them, customers love them and they close a lot more deals. Charisma is what I call this X factor. As Chowbotics grows bigger, I’ve been looking for ways to…

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Food, Leadership,

The Foundation of a Happy Work Culture? Nourishing Foods.

I recently attended the 4th annual Culture Summit in San Francisco where leaders from some of the most successful global companies came together to share strategies, tools and resources on how to unlock the potential of every employee through culture building.  It’s been well-established that high employee engagement is inextricably tied to the organization’s culture…

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Food, Leadership,

Bringing Startup Approaches to Foodservice Equipment…

Prices for robots are reducing dramatically… A humanoid robot that used to cost $50,000 five years back now costs less than $10,000. These price declines are driven by computing power becoming more affordable, sensors getting less expensive and economies of scale coming to robotics – as robots are used in vacuum cleaners, 3D printing and…

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Uncategorized,

Six Simple Steps to Build a (Nutritious!) Salad You’ll Love

Sally has salad on my mind a lot these days. At my local grocery’s salad bar, I’ve been inconspicuously eyeing the creations of my fellow bowl-building enthusiasts. Tuna salad, garlic-sauteed spinach, cumin-spiced carrots and…balsamic vinaigrette?” Wonderful options in isolation but in combination, I can’t help but think, “he’s going to eat that?” If only the…

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Leadership,

Who is a superstar? And Steve Jobs’ thoughts on the subject…

We recently hired a really talented software architect who has a degree in law – his name’s Faiz. Like most lawyers, Faiz is highly articulate and fun to banter with! We started debating one of my favorite quotes within Chowbotics – “we should have only superstars on the team”.  Faiz said, “How do you define…

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Food,

Be Your Own Nutrition Expert

Alison is Chowbotics’ Vice President of Nutrition. She maintains her own balance by running and cycling the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area where she lives, exploring the local food scene and travelling the globe any chance she gets. I find myself fascinated by this age of #lifehack and the quest for self-optimization.  While this pursuit…

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Leadership,

“2X” Management

Over the years, I’ve read a number of management books CEOs have written. Andy Grove, the CEO of Intel, wrote “High Output Management”. T. J. Rodgers, the Founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, wrote “No Excuses Management”. Jack Welch from GE wrote several books on his management style, including “Winning”. What compels super-busy CEOs to…

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