Check out our conversation about the future of Grocery. One of the most disrupted verticals during the global pandemic, grocery faces unprecedented pressure to accelerate its digital transformation as consumers leapfrog traditional adoption curves to satisfy unmet needs. Everything from e-Commerce, to digital merchandizing and supply chain optimization; to check-out free stores, courier services and facial recognition payments.
We spoke with the startups and investors reshaping the future of this industry. Hear what they have to say about new products, services and technologies changing the game in grocery. Get best practices from our founder on emerging applications of tech fueling grocery's digital transformation.
Brandon Hill is the co-founder and CEO of Vori, the operating system for the grocery industry, that helps reduce inventory reordering time by 80%. Brandon and his founding team started Vori in 2019 and launched their first product at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, Vori has grown to serve 90% of Northern California’s natural & independent grocers and is rapidly expanding across the U.S., starting with the West Coast.
Vori is a modern operating system for the global food supply chain. Our technology unlocks new opportunity for businesses and consumers, ensuring efficient distribution and access to the food we need and love.
Lauren Abda is the Founder and CEO of Branchfood, the largest community of food entrepreneurs and startups in New England, and Co-founder at Branch Venture Group, an angel network for investment in early-stage food startups. Prior to Branchfood, Lauren consulted for foodtech businesses in Boston and San Francisco, worked as an analyst for Salt Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm, focused on food startups, targeting content, commerce, and technology, and wrote reports on international food safety development initiatives on behalf of the Agriculture and Commodities division at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a Masters in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont.
Roger is an investor and technology leader based in Austin, Texas. He is currently a Partner with Silverton Partners, a leading venture capital firm with $400M+ in committed capital and top tier performance across 6 funds to date. In this role, Roger has invested in numerous early stage software and consumer companies in Austin and across the US, typically as the lead investor in the company’s first institutional round. While at Silverton, Roger has led and/or sourced investments in Apprentice, Billie, Copper Cow, Clerk, Enable My Child, Fetch, Kronologic, Literati, Living Security, Mobile Tech Rx, Novo Labs, Restream, RouteFusion, RxRedefined, Tiv, and Wheel.
Marlow Nickell is the co-founder and CEO of Clerk, a retail technology company that aims to build a better retail experience. While initially focusing on improving marketing and merchandising performance in the checkout aisle, their long-term vision is to simplify how brands and retailers market and manage their products throughout the store. Their technology tracks out-of-stocks and product placements, while also serving as a digital advertising network known as Grocery TV.
Founded in 2014, VentureFuel is an independent innovation consultancy based out of New York City. We build and accelerate innovation programs for industry leaders by unlocking the power of what we call "external innovation" via startup collaborations. Our programs focus on changing the behaviors and beliefs necessary to unlock new sources of growth.
Launched this year, this event series is focused on the industries and functions that are at the greatest risk of being disrupted.
Each month, we invite a corporate innovator, venture capitalist and startup entrepreneur to come together for a panel discussion about the products, services and technologies shaping tomorrow's change, today.