By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
From mailing cardboard boxes of recommended packaged foods on a monthly subscription basis, to food recommendation apps ranging from the technically astute to the visually gripping – we’ve watched in the last few years the marriage of one’s love for food and new technology.
Startups in the food tech space have run the gamut – and celebrated a few notable exits in the startup industrial complex.
Below are female founders of food/tech companies who exited their food-related startups:
Alexa Andrzejewski (Co-Founder & CEO, Foodspotting)
Designer Alexa Andrzejewski co-founded Foodspotting, a web and mobile app that helps you find and recommend dishes instead of just restaurants. Foodspotting raised $3.75M in VC funding and was acquired by OpenTable earlier this year. Follow her on Twitter at @ladylexy.
Emily Olson (Co-Founder & Chief Foodie, Foodzie)
TechStars alum Emily Olson co-founded Foodzie, an artisanal food subscription box service in San Francisco. Foodzie was acquired by video shopping site Joyus.com in June 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @emilyolson.
Maria Renhui Zhang (Founder & CEO, Alike)
Engineer Maria Renhui Zhang founded Alike, a mobile app that uses the restaurants you like to find new ones you’ll love. A finalist in a previous Women 2.0 Startup Competition, Alike was acquired by Yahoo! earlier this year. Follow her on Twitter at @MariaRenhui.
Nina Zagat (Co-Founder, Zagat)
A husband-and-wife team of attorneys, Tim and Nina Zagat co-founded the restaurant review guide Zagat. Google acquired Zagat in September 2011 for $151 million. Zagat has been merged into Google Places and Google Maps. Follow her on Twitter at @NinaAndTimZagat.
Stella Kleiman (Co-Founder, KitchMe)
Serial entrepreneur Stella Kleiman co-founded KitchMe, a web and mobile app that makes it easy for consumers to save. KitchMe was acquired last year by Coupons.com, and the new KitchMe site (and the acquisition) was announced by Coupons.com this week.
On the note of recipe-sharing sites, it was about a year ago when someone recommended Pinterest as a recipe collector. My mind boggled – the site commonly pigeonholed for its ultra-feminine nature (non-stop scrolling of wedding style inspiration, anybody?) is used for recipes? I’d heard of recipe-storing on Evernote, but where would the new recipes (and pictures of delicious-looking food) come from? But I digress.
The possibilities are endless, the use cases of platforms and apps are endless. I can’t wait to see what the next few years have to bring for innovating with new technology!
Photo credit: Dan4th Nicholas on Flickr.
About the writer: Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.