Host Lea Strickland talks with Ray Chow of Foosye about the transformation of the food truck industry with new business models and technology. Ray has been in the restaurant Business for 20 years.
Ray was on our show in June of 2015 and shared insights and experiences with the food truck industry.
About Ray Chow:
- Happily Married to wife Rachael and has 3 kids (Nathan, Madi, Ali)
- Lives in Cary, NC
- Owner of Hibachi Xpress Food Truck
- Owner of Catering by Ray
- Owns commissary in Raleigh currently serving 8 other food truck family members
- Co-founder and CFTO (Chief Food Truck Officer) of Foosye; technology for the food truck industry
- Founding board member of RDU Mobile Food Association
- Advisory board member of Wake county Health & Human Services
- NC State Graduate with Mechanical Engineering Degree
- Supports Make A Wish
Ray is here as the co-founder and Chief Food Technology Officer of Foosye.
Foosye is a technology start-up for the food truck industry. Learned many difficulties and challenges of brick/mortar restaurants, catering and especially Food Trucks…it’s a mobile business. We build technology platform/apps to help food truck owners run their business more efficiently…basically everything but the cooking!
Broad Reach develops practical, effective marketing solutions that ensure local businesses attract, engage and retain customers. She’s worked with both large and small organizations, developing successful market strategies, directing groundbreaking market research, and distilling compelling messaging for interactive campaigns.
Additionally, Nancy has founded and grown her own successful small business which gives her an in-depth understanding of the critical challenges small business owners face.
Her credentials include an MBA in Marketing, and certifications from NC State, HubSpot, and Pragmatic Marketing.
Do you have a favorite Charity? Are you buying or selling a home? What if you could donate to your favorite charity or non-profit simply by listing them as a beneficiary of your home buying or selling transaction? Wouldn’t that be great! Leigh Roberts and Team Roberts at Century 21 of the Triangle have set up Donate Buy Real Estate where you can do just that – buy or sell your home and get a donation made to your favorite non-profit. Learn more in today’s Focus on Business podcast.
Visit the website: http://donatebuyrealestate.org/
Chris Heivly of the Start-up Factory and LaunchBox Digital is the featured guest. Chris shares insights on entrepreneurs, start-ups, and what’s next for him. He shares lessons learned, insights from his book, Build the Fort
(available on Amazon.com) and the need for entrepreneurs in our communities.
Chris Heivly Bio:
Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. Chris has been dubbed the “The Startup Whisperer.”
For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Those brands include MapQuest, Rand McNally, and Accenture. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital.
Recently, Heivly served as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory. Under his leadership, the firm has made 35 investments in just three years in emerging technology companies. More than 60 percent of TSF’s portfolio has gone on to raise follow-on capital, more than double the industry average for similar investment programs.
Heivly is a sought-after speaker and go-to source for media. His quotes appear in major national and international outlets such as:
- Forbes, Inc.,
- the Washington Post,
- Crain’s Business Journal,
- Huffington Post,
- Tech Cocktail,
- the Financial Post, and
- the Montreal Gazette.
In addition to print publications, he has appeared in major-market TV stations across the U.S. Because of his stature in the startup world. He was featured in the documentary Startupland, which showcased the world’s most celebrated entrepreneurs and startup experts.
Heivly is a contributing writer for Inc.com. He also has a significant following for Heivly.com blog that offers brutally authentic commentary on startups and the startup community.
Chris Heivly’s Book Build the Fort
He just released Build the Fort, his much-anticipated book about how to take the lessons you learned as a 10-year old and on applying those lessons to starting anything. His book was inspired by a widely acclaimed TEDx talk in 2014. The book focuses on the months leading up to the decision to start a company and those first three critical months of getting your idea off the ground. His insights are being applied in multiple realms, from any individual with a dream, to startups and companies that aspire to be more innovative, to emerging entrepreneurial communities.
In the fall of 2015, Chris released Build the Fort, his much-anticipated book about how to take the lessons you learned as a 10-year old and applying those lessons to starting anything.
Acclaimed Tedx talk
His book, based on his widely acclaimed TEDx talk in 2014, focuses on the months leading up to the decision to start a company and those first three critical months of getting your idea off the ground. His insights are being applied in multiple realms, from any individual with a dream, to startups and companies that aspire to be more innovative, to emerging entrepreneurial communities.
Crowdfunding Information and Insights from the Regulatory Perspective
Guest: Leo John
Leo John is the Investor and Business Outreach Legal Specialist at N.C. Department of Secretary of State, Securities Division. The state agency registers legal entities, administers and enforces state securities laws, administers the state trademarks database and performs various other functions that intersect with business and commerce. An attorney and a former business journalist, Leo closely monitors the state’s business climate and in particular entrepreneurial activity to ensure businesses are forewarned and forearmed about the legal landscape in which they operate.
Crowdfunding is a viable funding option for some businesses, but not all. Why does it work for some businesses and not others? Understand the differences between the most common forms of crowdfunding, the process, and the regulations.
- what is crowdfunding,
- what are distinctions between donation based v. investment crowdfunding,
- why should businesses consider crowdfunding as an option for financing,
- what recent legislation has been passed at federal and state level to make it easier for businesses to raise funds using crowdfunding.
Visit NC Secretary of State Securities Division website: https://www.sosnc.gov/sec/
Host Lea Strickland talks with Probyn Thompson and DA Harris of Air Probe UAV of Fayetteville, NC about starting and growing a technology veteran-owned business.