Michael L. Atkinson
Restaurant Technology Innovator, Investor and Entrepreneur
A multi-hyphenate living in Dallas, Texas, Michael is a restaurant technology investor, entrepreneur and strategic advisor to brands, investors, investment banks and technology innovators worldwide. Michael is a former investment banker, restaurant operator and restaurant chain CFO. He founded FohBoh.com, inFOH.com, RestTech.co, and Orderscape.com, a voice technology software company that has built a voice portal and restaurant marketplace with over 50,000 restaurants, to enable food and restaurant discovery and voice ordering using digital assistants, mobile voice platforms and other voice enabled gateways. Michael also founded, VoiceStar.ai, a voice technology software and artificial intelligence company that voice-enables legacy restaurant business processes, beginning with VoiceINV™ to count and manage food and bar assets more efficiently; and most recently, he co-founded Ghosterus.com, a ghost restaurant operating system to power virtual brands at host restaurants.
Through his investment holding company, Bailiwick Ventures, Michael also partnered with Mike Love, lead singer and co-founder of The Beach Boys. Bailiwick and Mike Love co-founded Kokomo Brands, a lifestyle branding, food and beverage company based on the #1 hit song Kokomo which embodies the spirit of Mike Love as an award-wining songwriter and legendary front man with The Beach Boys over the past 50 years.
Michael is a business accelerator mentor at bluestartups.com and foodandcity.org and former advisor to Creator, and Blendid, two innovative food-maker autonomous robot makers. As a former restaurant operator and current advocate for transformative food and restaurant technologies, Michael advises restaurant brands, private equity funds and technology companies on matters relating to conversational commerce, automation, analytics, restaurant technology and digital transformation strategies. Michael and is a frequent writer and speaker on restaurant automation, conversational commerce, voice technology and data integration topics.
Michael is happily married to Kim Atkinson, is the father of two amazing and successful adult children, Sarah Higgins and Dylan Atkinson. Michael is an amateur chef, avid skier, diver, beachcomber, backpacker and wine collector. Michael loves dining out, cooking with friends and family and visiting as many wineries as possible.
Michael speaks about transformative technologies affecting the global restaurant industry. Specifically, restaurant automation, voice technology, restaurant delivery, and takeout, ghost restaurants and the changing nature of customer engagement using integrated data and analytics. For information about speaking, or consulting, please contact Michael through this website.
Michael is a strategic advisor to brands and technology innovators on digital transformation and refreshing technology stacks through his consulting company, RestTech.co.
See Speaking gigs below.
Food • Tech • Restaurants
December 8, 2020
I am presenting a webinar on voice technology for restaurants, with current use cases, showcase VoiceINV™, the first, voice-enabled inventory app, share other emerging voice technologies and discuss why voice is something operators and marketers should embrace today. Voice-as-a-layer is the future for digital.
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