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.

Leadership, Robotics, Uncategorized,

Sally the Robot Wins Most Innovative Product of the Year 2018

We are excited to announce that Sally the Robot has been named the Most Innovative Product of the Year by Best in Biz Awards. The organization is the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America. The 2018 judging panel included, among others, writers…

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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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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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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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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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Leadership,

Building Chowbotics’ Sales Team

I’ve been enjoying my new and exciting role as the vice president of foodservice sales at Chowbotics. Before officially joining Chowbotics, I was instantly impressed by the extensive time spent developing a market-ready product prior to formally bringing on a sales team. Our first product, Sally the Salad Robot, makes fresh, customizable salads in about…

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Leadership,

Chowbotics now the world record holder for Battlebots!

We had a fun team event last week where we built Battlebots and fought them against each other. We knew we were taking great pains to build an all-star team, where every person is a superstar… but we didn’t expect to beat the world record for assembling battlebots beating Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple and several other…

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Leadership,

When Lee Met Sally

Hi, I’m Lee, one of the newest members of the Chowbotics team. The business unit I run is Off-Premise Kitchens, which basically means I sell and service Sally anywhere there are no kitchen facilities and manage the relationships which deliver fresh ingredients to Sally in these locations on a daily basis. I spent the last…

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