Chris Webb (@ChrisChowNow, TW) has always had an affinity for small and independently owned restaurants. Dining at these restaurants, in his opinion, is like taking a mini-vacation. His love of these small businesses and his own family’s small step into the food retail space revealed in him a passion at the intersection of food and technology.
Chris Webb is the CEO and co-founder of ChowNow, the leading online ordering and marketing platform for local restaurants. Founded in 2011, ChowNow currently works with 11,000 restaurants nationwide – making it easy for customers to order directly from their websites, ChowNow-built branded mobile apps and third-party websites including Google, Yelp, and Instagram.
Prior to ChowNow, Chris was a founding investor in healthy, fast-casual chain Tender Greens. Chris’ involvement in Tender Greens fueled his mission to put smaller independent restaurants on a level playing field with the national chains when it came to technology solutions, tools, and apps.
The LA-native began his career with ten years trading on Wall Street at various firms including Lehman Brothers and RBC Capital Markets.
In this conversation, Blake and Chris discuss:
- Why ordering direct from the retailer should always be the consumer’s first option.
- How Google, Yelp, and Facebook stack up against each other in the restaurant discovery and rating space.
- Practical ways Real Estate Owners and Developers can make their properties more conducive to food delivery services for their residents and the services.