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Centerpiece

We are a technology company dedicated to the Foodservice Equipment and Supplies industry (FE&S).  Our initial product (launching October 2021) is a project and team management application with analytical and purchasing tools tailored to the unique needs of FE&S dealers. Our Founder/CEO, Sam Grote, was most recently a Director at a leading FE&S dealer, TriMark USA.

FE&S refers to any item in a commercial kitchen that isn't food or drinks.  This is a large and important industry as it impacts the costs, food quality and dining experience at every restaurant and hospitality operator we visit.


Our Mission

Our mission is to empower Foodservice Equipment and Supply companies with the technology they need to best serve their restaurant and hospitality customers.

Our Approach

Technology, no matter how impressive the functionality, is useless if it is not solving a real problem.  We succeed only if our customers succeed so our first step is always understanding their needs.  From there, we work backwards to identify and build the technology that best solves them.

We will treat everyday as Day 1, constantly focused on the long-term.  Almost always the hardest problems cannot be solved quickly.  Many companies will not invest in product development if it does not yield easy and immediate profit.  Not us.  We care infinitely more about our customer's long-term success than our short-term performance.

Like many Foodservice companies, we view ourselves as partners, not suppliers, and know that if we help our customers succeed over time, our business results will follow.

Built by Experts

Sam Grote

Founder & cEO

Our Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sam Grote, is an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur. He began his career at Global Endowment Management, a $10 billion investment firm, where he helped oversee their public equity portfolio.

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Chris Derossi

Technical Advisor

Chris has more than 30 years of experience building technology systems. Early in his career, he was the Chief Architect for MacOS at Apple where he was granted seven patents. After Apple, he was the Founder of CyberArts, a real-money gaming software company.

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Mike Cardamone

Investor & mentor

Mike is the CEO and Managing Partner of Forum Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm focused on B2B software startups. Founded in 2014, Forum has invested and advised over 250 companies that have gone on to raise over $360 million of capital.

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Sam Grote

Founder

Our Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sam Grote, is an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur. He began his career at Global Endowment Management, a $10 billion investment firm, where he helped oversee their public equity portfolio.

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Chris Derossi

Technical Advisor

Chris has more than 30 years of experience building technology systems. Early in his career, he was the Chief Architect for MacOS at Apple where he was granted seven patents. After Apple, he was the Founder of CyberArts, a real-money gaming software company.

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James Murphy

Investor & mentor

James is a General Partner at Forum Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm focused on enterprise software startups. Founded in 2014, Forum has invested and advised over 250 companies that have gone on to raise over $360 million of capital.

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