Co-Founder of Hungryroot
Whole Foods Meal Delivery Company.
“Disruptors in the Kitchen”:We’re serial entrepreneurs out to uproot how America eats. With 40 years of culinary, operational and ecommerce experience, we’re finding ways to innovate how vegetables are produced, packaged and delivered. Previously, Ben founded restaurant reservation service Savored, which was acquired by Groupon; Greg founded Long Island Iced Tea brands; and Franklin, of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, founded The Little Beet. We’ve come together around a shared love of a delicious meal and with the mission to bring vegetables forward to give them the love they deserve.
When I first graduated from college I worked at Bank of America Merril Lynch working on their client, Open Table. In 2009, I started Savored, a restaurant reservaation service which was then acquired by Groupon in 2012. From there I worked at Groupon before we launched Hungryroot. I have had a passion for food and the tech industry.
One of the most recent trends are food products that are built upon direct to consumer relationships. At Hungryroot, we sell directly to our customers. That relationship is extremely valuable when you are building a brand. We are able to learn what our customers are truly looking for in the products they purchase.
I was sitting down with this woman, she must have been in her 80s and she was running a restaurant in the West Village. She was teary eyed, telling me how my last company, Savored, had kept her restaurant in business, and how her restaurant was the last passion of her life. From then on I was committed to finding a product that has that emotional reaction as well. I don’t think you can get that more than you can in food. Hungryroot’s vision is to change perception of vegetables from something you eat because you feel like you should to something you crave.
To launch nationwide this September.
Greatest success has been getting the incredible people on our team to join our mission and share the same dedication and passion surrounding Hungryroot. Our most difficult is managing early growth.
Be honest, set goals, provide feedback and have fun.