By Desiree Golen (Co-Founder, Grubly)
Remember Grb.ly from Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2010?
Two weeks after the Startup Weekend, my best friend Cameron quit her job at the Embassy of Brazil to move to Mountain View to co-found Grubly and hit the ground running. Four months later, we launched a closed beta at SXSW and documented our crazy journey to get there. In the midst of the chaos, we stumbled upon Tim West, who formerly cooked at Facebook, trained at Culinary Institute of America, and joined Grubly as our Chief Gastronomic Officer.
Grubly provides a p2p platforms that brings unique, social dining experiences to people seeking an authentic meal, all the while putting money into the pockets of home chefs. We’re in good company in the peer consumerism movement, alongside Airbnb for housing and Getaround for transportation. These companies, among others, are actively replacing outdated top-down approaches to consumerism by making it easier to find and utilize resources among everyday people.
Check out this teaser which documents our escapades at SXSW, which include galvanizing local Austin chefs to participate in an impromptu, pop-up cook off for 250 SXSW’ers!
Since March, we’ve grown our community in the SF Bay Area — We’ve engaged with hundreds of awesome chefs with unique stories who are excited to share their creative energy with Grubsters, build their online portfolio based on a system of reviews and ratings, and make money along the way. Check out life as a Grubster here.
We’ve also presented at various conferences, including ShareSF, a conference dedicated to transforming San Francisco into a hub of sharing. We’re growing quickly and we’re very excited about next steps, which include hiring out a engineering team (ROR) to keep pace with our growing community. To learn more about Grubly, feel free to contact me.
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Female Entrepreneurs Brunch in San Francisco
This weekend we have some very special guests, Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress, the founders of Big Girls Small Kitchen, visiting from New York.
The founders of Big Girls Small Kitchen are on a book tour of their new book, In the Small Kitchen.
Big Girls Small Kitchen has been featured by The Huffington Post, Epicurious, Daily Candy, and much more.
Phoebe and Cara are excited to meet female entrepreneurs in San Francisco on Sunday, June 5, 2011 for brunch!
Join us for a delicious brunch and wonderful women entrepreneurs.
About the guest blogger: Desiree Golden is a serial entrepreneur, having founded her own multi-player gaming company out of college. After joining the team at Airbnb, she felt inspired to create her own Airbnb. This time for food. Where there is food, laughter, and a generally awesome time being had, Desiree can be found at the heart of it! She leads her people with a love for food and a devotion to fun. Now let us eat cake… or carne asada! Follow her on Twitter at @desireexg and her startup at @gogrubly.