Smart People Should Build Things - Co-Founder & CEO of ChowNow

From Bear Stearns to competing with Seamless

get it

Reviews

Discussion

You need to become a Contributor to join the discussion - Find out how.
Leandra ElbergerMaker@elhamberguesa · Senior Comms & Development Mgr at VFA
This week, @jeremyshinewald interviews @ChrisChowNow, Co-Founder & CEO of @ChowNow, an online ordering system and marketing platform for restaurants. At just 19 years old Chris's interest in markets and trading led him to start his career at Bear Stearns and then Lehman Brothers. While working in the financial sector, Chris's family made a founding investment in the now popular Tender Greens restaurant chain in California. Chris's experience with Tender Greens brought to light the gap in the market for online ordering solutions for local groups and independent restaurants. To prove the market need, Chris and his co-founder created a fictional product that mimicked the service that ChowNow would offer and traveled to Santa Barbara to see if they could sell their fake service to restaurateurs. Within a few days they had more than sixty restaurants interested and knew ChowNow would be a hit. Tune in to this week's episode to hear more about ChowNow and why Chris and his co-founder were courted by three LA based accelerators without even applying.