Michael L. Atkinson
Restaurant Technology Innovator, Investor and Entrepreneur
A multi-hyphenate living in Dallas, Texas, Michael is founding CEO of Bailiwick Ventures, and founder of Bailiwick Venture Studios, a ResTech Startup Studio that creates, finances, builds and supports a growing portfolio of restaurant technology startups.
Michael is a former investment banker with over 200 transactions and assignments spanning 25 years and restaurant operator and restaurant chain CFO. He founded FOHBOH.com, inFOH.com and Orderscape.com, a voice technology software company that 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. Bailiwick Ventures founded, VoiceStar.ai, a Kitchen AI voice technology software and artificial intelligence company that voice-enables legacy restaurant business processes, beginning with VoiceINV™ to count and manage food and bar stock assets more efficiently using advanced voice and AI technology. ResTech startups in the Studio can be seen here.
On the F&B side, Michael is co-founder, together with The Beach Boy's Mike Love, of Club Kokomo Spirits, owner of the Club Kokomo a line of Ready -To- Drink Rum-based cocktails, Caribbean barrel-aged rum and Seven Caves Distillery in San Diego, California. Club Kokomo launched Club Kokomo in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Lines in March 2022, at the start of The Beach Boys 60th anniversary tour and again in March 2023.
As a former restaurant owner, operator and advocate for transformative food and restaurant technologies, Michael advises restaurant brands, private equity funds and technology companies on matters relating to conversational AI and automation, system architecture, business intelligence, data models, restaurant technology, Tech-Stack design and digital transformation strategies, via FOHBOH, a digital marketing agency and restaurant technology consultant.
Michael is happily married to Kim Atkinson, the father of two amazing and successful adult children, Sarah Higgins and Dylan Atkinson. Michael is an amateur chef, accomplished skier, scuba 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, and the changing nature of customer engagement using integrated data and perscriptive and embedded analytics - modern data management models.
Michael is a strategic advisor to restaurant and lifestyle brands and technology innovators on GTM, digital transformation and refreshing technology stacks for more than two decades via FOHBOH.com.
In 2022, Michael was named one of the restaurant industry's most influential restaurant technology experts by the Nations Restaurant News.
For information about speaking, or consulting, please contact Michael through this website or here.
See past speaking events below.
TOPICS: Restaurant Automation • VoiceTech + AI • Data and Insights • Tech-Stack Design
NRA Virtual Event
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.
Texas Restaurant Association
July 12, 2021
I am leading a panel on Tech-Stack design. What technology investments are crucial to the future of your restaurant, which ones should be back-burnered, and which ones should be ignored completely? Hear from these restaurant tech experts as they provide guidance and lessons learned to get your tech stack solid as we move into a post-pandemic world.
June 30, 2022
Industry 4.0 is evolving grocery stores, restaurants, kitchens, farms, and even food itself. Digital technology is assisting people in choosing what to consume, along with developing new possibilities for how they access and experience food and beverage.
The push for digitization and digitalization is creating new demands for product information and accessibility online, while advanced robotics are evolving the preparation and delivery of food and beverage.
Today in Tech Show
April 3, 2023
To recover from pandemic-era challenges, many restaurants are attempting to innovate with new technologies such as AI voice, mobile phone point of sale ordering systems, and drone deliveries.
Are these efforts just experimental or will they be a part of our future dining experiences? Our latest 'Today in Tech' episode explores this with Michael L Atkinson, a restaurant technology expert and entrepreneur. #restaurants #ai #aivoice #podcast
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