Welcome to the food sharing economy. From dining platforms that let you eat in locals' homes while traveling to food delivery services that leverage home-cooks, startups are pioneering unique peer-to-peer technologies that aim to upend traditional dining. But the economics are tough. Kitchensurfing and Kitchit both shifted away from peer-to-peer models, and Dinner Lab and Kitchensurfing recently closed shop.
Come hear how a few innovative startups are tackling the food sharing economy and network with the community at our May Food+Tech Meetup. Presenters will do a deep dive into their business models, challenges and lessons learned.
We'll have sustainable fish sausages from Prawn Shop (http://www.prawnshopbk.com/), bowls from INDAY (http://indaynyc.com/)Matcha from MetaMatcha (http://www.metamatcha.com/), coffee from Bottlista (http://drinkbottlista.com/), beer and more snacks.
6:30 - 7:15: Networking + Snacks
7:15 - 8:45: Presentations + Q&A
8:45 - 9:30: More Networking
Nick Devane, Co-founder of Homemade (http://www.eathomemade.com/) - A suite of software tools that empower cooks to build a brand. Our toolset works across iOS, mobile web, and SMS to help cooks start selling and marketing food they produce at home.
Manal Kahi, Co-founder and CEO of Eat Offbeat (http://eatoffbeat.com/) - Eat Offbeat delivers authentic ethnic meals that are conceived, prepared and delivered by refugees in NYC. The platform introduces New Yorkers to new and off-the-beaten-path cuisines all the while creating job opportunities for talented home-cooks who are eager to share their culture through food.
Noah Karesh, Co-Founder and CEO of Feastly (http://eatfeastly.com) - A global peer to peer marketplace empowering any chef to showcase and host pop-ups, supper clubs, home dinners, and other food experiences. Through the marketplace eaters can easily find and attend these unique meals.
Bill Bodell, Founder of FarmShare (http://myfarmshare.com/) - FarmShare is a community-supported agriculture platform for the 21st century. CSA is a business model that has existed for decades, in which community members pay up front to fund a farm's startup costs in exchange for weekly deliveries of fresh food. Initially the goal was to encourage greater community participation in local food economies, but lately it has become essentially a convenient marketing strategy. FarmShare aims to reboot this model, by allowing members to earn digital 'shares' by contributing their time, labor, resources and funds to the local agricultural community, which they can then redeem for fresh, delicious food from a network of local farmers and food entrepreneurs.