About this project
Founders: Andrew Glantz & Aidan Folbe
REACHED - $2,000: This would cover MOST of the costs of renovating our current app design and code to implement the donation function, as well as the feature to take a photo of your food.
REACHED - $3,000: This would cover ALL of the costs for features outlined in the initial goal.
REACHED - $5,000: This money will cover the costs of donating meals to Operation Food Search for the next few months (as restaurants are currently on a free trial). This will also help us pay for bug fixes during that period.
$8,000: This would fund a launch event to publicize the new business model. The FoodShare Festival will bring the community and restaurants together to learn about FoodShare and enjoy great food.
Help us transform our iPhone application from a referral app with cash rewards, into a referral app with societal benefits. We need $3,000 to finish coding and designing this change. After the upgrades, FoodShare will donate a meal to someone in need through Operation Food Search whenever a user eats at one of FoodShare's 40+ listed restaurants (such as Anthonino's Taverna, Salt + Smoke, Blueberry Hill, Seoul Taco, and more). After dining, users can recommend the restaurant to their friends with a photo of their food and a personal message. The friends then receive a push notification with that recommendation, and if they go, then another meal is donated to someone in need. Additionally, if a user shares their experience on Facebook through the app, then we donate another meal.
FoodShare helps users find great restaurants, while addressing hunger in their communities. Restaurants gain new customers and obtain a socially conscious reputation. FoodShare will make a huge impact on a local and national scale. And it’s all as easy as Eat, Care, Share.
FoodShare, LLC was founded by Andrew Glantz and Aidan Folbe in July 2014. While on a lunch break from interning at Navitas Capital, a venture capital firm in Los Angeles, Aidan and Andrew bounced ideas back-and-forth, eventually creating FoodShare. They self-funded the development and launch of the iPhone app, sought and obtained approval from Apple, signed on a slate of restaurants, won the Ideabounce pitch competition, formed a partnership with Operation Food Search, and hired a summer intern named Jacob. Jacob is a rising senior at Wash U who has expertise in startup marketing and business strategy. Andrew and Aidan work hard to ensure that FoodShare provides a rewarding experience for users, restaurants, and the community.
Andrew Glantz - Founder and Chief Executive Officer:
Andrew currently co-owns the non-profit Sharing With A Purpose, which runs a storefront called the Trading Post. The Trading Post is a free store where individuals can donate and take items at no cost. Through Andrew’s efforts, the Trading Post encourages sustainability and reuse, annually diverting 1.5 tons of waste. As head of business development, Andrew implemented a new inventory and valuation system to more efficiently track items that have been taken and donated, as well as the value created each day. During the summer of 2014, Andrew interned at Navitas Capital, where he analyzed companies, wrote white papers for the firm to send out to investors, and participated in meetings with portfolio companies. Giving back to the community is extremely important to Andrew. He earned the Presidential Service award 4 years in a row through his dedication to helping children in need. He served as Vice President of a children’s charity called Jr. Variety, raising over $300,000 during his 4 year tenure. He also served as a volunteer camp counselor for homeless children in Southern California at Camp Harmony for two years. Andrew brings a sharp business background along with a dedication to philanthropy to provide a unique perspective to FoodShare.
Aidan Folbe - Founder and Chief Operating Officer:
Aidan is the Co-Founder of Bagel Boys Delivery and has owned and operated the business for four years. Aidan manages expenses and sales while also figuring out how to minimize costs and increase revenue. Aidan also interned at Siegel Financial where he made cold calls to manufacturing facilities, created lists of potential businesses to be sold, and participated in the brokering process. Additionally, Aidan analyzed loan packages submitted by franchisees to Franchise America Finance, and assessed whether companies were ready to apply for SBA loans. During the summer of 2014, Aidan interned at Navitas Capital where he analyzed companies and presented investment recommendations to the firm. Aidan also participated in meetings with portfolio companies. Charity is a key pillar to Aidan’s values. He has been involved in the Friendship Circle, where he mentored children with special needs, as well as the First Tee program, instructing impoverished children on how to play golf. Aidan's creative mind leads him to constantly innovate and further develop the big picture strategy of FoodShare.
Thank you for looking at our Kickstarter and considering donating! Please download the FoodShare iPhone app on the App Store. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our website: www.foodshareonline.com/coming-soon/
Risks and challenges
As two college students, Andrew and Aidan constantly balance their schoolwork with business. They utilize material from their courses to help them improve FoodShare, and analyze issues through a different lens. Additionally, FoodShare is completely self-funded by Andrew and Aidan thus far. Now running out of money to keep the project going, Andrew and Aidan greatly appreciate your assistance through donations to help them push FoodShare to the next level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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