• Michael L. Atkinson

    Professional Biography

    About Me

    I pursue passions not paychecks.

    A multi-hyphenate living in Silicon Valley, Michael is a restaurant technology investor, entrepreneur and strategic advisor to brands, investors, investment banks and technology innovators worldwide. Michael is a serial entrepreneur, investment banker, restaurant operator and former restaurant chain CFO. Michael founded FohBoh.com, inFOH.com, and most recently, Orderscape.com, a voice technology software company that has built a conversational commerce platform to enable food ordering using digital assistants and mobile voice platforms.

     

    Michael is a business accelerator mentor at bluestartups.com and foodandcity.org and former advisor to Creator and myblendid, and investor in Roostersbot, a fully autonomous restaurant robotics company in early development.

      

    As a former restaurant operator and current advocate for transformative food and restaurant technologies, Michael helps restaurant brands on matters relating to conversational commerce, restaurant technology and strategy. Michael and is a frequent writer and speaker on restaurant automation and data integration topics.

     

    Michael's company, Bailiwick Ventures, partners with Mike Love, legendary co-founder and frontman of The Beach Boys to bring the spirit of the Kokomo brand to food, beverage, restaurants and related lifestyle products globally.

     

    Personal

    Michael is happily married to Kim, has two amazing and successful adult children, is an amateur chef, avid skier, diver, beachcomber, backpacker and wine collector.

     

    Speaking

    Michael speaks on topic relating to transformative technologies affecting change in the global restaurant industry. Specifically, restaurant automation in the areas of robotics and voice technology and the changing nature of data and analytics.

     

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  • COMPANIES

    "Money is a renewable resource. Time and opportunity are not."

    Principal | Partner

    Investment company, San Jose, California.

    Founder | CEO

    Voice technology software company. San Jose, California | London, UK

    Founder | Chairman

    Restaurant digital media and inFOH technology news feed. San Jose, California

    Board Member

    Natural and truthful Carmel-by-the-Sea-based skincare company - HiYA!

    Kokomo Brands

    Partner

    A lifestyle branded company in partnership with The Beach Boys co-founder, singer, songwriter and font-man, Mike Love. Initial products are rum, coffee and chocolates, all with Caribbean sourcing and theme.

  • Partnerships

    Decades of experience in the entrepreneurial space and have worked with numerous food, beverage, restaurant, food and technology companies.

     

    Corporate Development • Corporate Finance • Strategy • Board Member

    yFood

    London

    YFood creates opportunities for Food Tech startups, investors and brands to connect globally.

    Blue Startups

    Honolulu

    A top 20 accelerator for promising startups. Blue is Paradise for food, travel and related tech companies.

    Food+City

    Austin

    F+C provokes fresh perspectives on the realities of how we feed cities, and inspire action.

  • Speaking Engagements

    Food • Tech • Restaurants

    Food Tech Week - London

    October 30 - November 3

    I am speaking on the transformative effects of restaurant automation as it relates to commerce, food-maker robots and chatbots for voice ordering and guest engagement.

    Restaurant Innovation Summit - Austin

    October 25 - October 27

    I am speaking on the transformative effects of restaurant automation as it relates to commerce, food-maker robots and chatbots for voice ordering and guest engagement.

    IFBTA Chapter Meeting - DC

    April 24, 2018

    I am speaking on the transformative effects of restaurant automation as it relates to commerce, voice ordering, robotics, labor, delivery and guest engagement.

    IFBTA Chapter Meeting - Orlando, FL

    April 26, 2018

    I am speaking on the transformative effects of restaurant automation as it relates to commerce, voice ordering, robotics, labor, delivery and guest engagement.

    UCLA Restaurant Industry Conference - LA

    May 2, 2018

    I am speaking on the transformative effects of restaurant automation as it relates to commerce, voice ordering, labor, delivery and guest engagement.

    IFBTA Chapter Meeting - LA, CA

    May 3, 2018

    I am speaking on the transformative effects of restaurant automation as it relates to commerce, voice ordering, robotics, labor, delivery and guest engagement.

    Restaurant Takeout, Delivery & Catering Symposium - Denver, CO

    June 19, 2018

    I am speaking on the transformative effects of restaurant automation as it relates to conversational commerce, voice ordering, food maker robotics and guest engagement.

    CGA Insight 2018, London, UK

    April 19, 2018

    I am speaking on the transformative effects of restaurant automation as it relates to conversational commerce, voice ordering, food maker robotics and guest engagement.

    VOICE Summit, Newark, NJ

    July 24-26, 2018

    I am speaking on voice commerce at scale, with Orderscape's conversational commerce and voice search technology and platform.

    Restaurant Technology Summit, DC

    September 27, 2018

    I am speaking on voice commerce, robotics and automation.

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    Food Tech Strategics | Bailiwick Ventures

    San Jose, CA | London, UK