Why do we need The Food Center Forum?
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
– Ken Blanchard
Recently I interviewed Mike Seldon, CEO of Finless Foods for my podcast. Finless Foods is a cellular agriculture company that is enrolled in the Indie Bio Startup Accelerator in San Francisco. We had a great conversation about the food system, cultured meats and Boston accents. But when I asked him about his time at Indie Bio, his answer intrigued me.
I’m paraphrasing but Mike said, “ We love the collaboration. It’s been huge. It’s been so big… We are biochemists…we’ve never done business before…we have to learn as we go. In this collaborative environment [it’s like] “let’s figure it out together.”
He wasn’t talking about science, he was talking about how to learn to build a company.
He added, “To see other companies going through the same thing that we are going through is enormous.”
His words reinforced my desire to create a place where like minded people who are willing to exchange ideas could gather to help one another. A place where you can discover that you’re not the only one who is sacrificing so much time and effort to bring your idea into the real world. A place where you can find support and direction through the labyrinth of adversities which all entrepreneurs face and none can navigate alone.
Over the last four years I have talked to hundreds of entrepreneurs at conferences, networking events and coffee shops and they all had one thing in common; they all were looking for answers. I did what I could to help and if I couldn’t I would point them towards someone who could. In the process I have built an extensive network of compassionate and brilliant people with a huge and diverse reservoir of experience and I have used that network to help as many people as I can. I founded networking groups in NYC and SF (now with over 3,600 members) and they’re great but we only hold events every eight weeks or so and you can only get so much out of a meetup. I wanted to do more. I wanted to find a better way to be more impactful. I wanted to build a network that would be more interconnected.
The idea for The Food Center Forum was born.
The Food Center Forum is a group of founders, influencers and innovators who are building the companies that will change the way the world grows, distributes and processes it’s food. We are the visionaries who are sharing the stories of the specific challenges faced by those in the business of food.
Developments in hardware, big data and AI have forever changed agriculture. Distribution will become more automated when Google, Uber and Musk get there way. And the way we process our food, from an industrial scale to commercial and institutional kitchens to our stove tops at home, will continue to evolve. The food industry is changing and it will be the lean, nimble and creative startups that will drive innovation.
What’s in it for you?
Education, Communication and a Cup of Coffee!
There are three main features of The Food Center Forum.
Where members are able to post articles on issues that impact the food startup world.
Where members can participate in a real-time discussion about the specific challenges that arise from running a startup that is centered around food. An exclusive arena where advice and inspiration are abundant.
A Cup of Coffee-
The Food Center webinar series where members can interact with industry experts. Where CEOs of successful companies along with VCs, restauranteurs, growers and distributers share their insight on issues affecting the food startup ecosystem.
Why should you subscribe?
If you are sitting in a cafe and paying way too much for coffee or at a co-working space burning through your friends and family money, you need to know that you are not alone in a room full of strangers. Within The Food Center Forum, you can find people who can help you.
If you are experiencing the trials that come along with the daring to believe in your idea and the hardships that you must endure by testing your perseverance everyday, your perspective is invaluable. Within The Food Center Forum, you can find people that you can help!
The Food Center Forum is an exclusive community. Each membership request is vetted for legitimacy and relevance. Only founders and stakeholders in startups that are perusing the disruption of the established, non-sustainable food industry will be accepted. Members must agree to give to and receive mentorship from their fellow members. We conduct and administrate private, non-commercial forums for our members.
In other words: It’s members only and no one will try to sell you anything!
Also, The Food Center Forum will never use any member provided information without consent.
We might ask you to say something nice about us, but that’s it.
Monthly subscriptions cost $20, the first 30 days are on us and you can cancel anytime.
So if you want to be a part of a community that is innovating the food industry,
Request an Invitation and let’s bake this cake!
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
– Bill Gates