• Restaurant Technology Consulting

    Dallas • London

  • Michael L. Atkinson

    Professional Biography

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    About

    Restaurant Technology Innovator, Investor and Entrepreneur

    A multi-hyphenate living in Dallas, Texas, Michael is founding CEO of Bailiwick Ventures, and founder of ARI venture Studio, a pioneering ResTech Startup Venture Studio that creates, finances, builds, and supports a growing portfolio of restaurant technology startups.

     

    Michael is an accomplished investment banker with over 250 transactions and assignments spanning 30 years, a multi-brand restaurant operator and multi-unit chain CFO. ResTech investments in the ResTech Venture 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, a line of Ready-To- Drink Rum-based cocktails, Caribbean barrel-aged rum and the award-winning Seven Caves Distillery in San Diego, California.

     

    As a advocate for transformative 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.

     

    As a tenured strategic advisor, Michael also works with startup, emerging and established consumer brands on corporate finance, corporate development matters and and M&A. (See Bailiwick Ventures)

     

    Public Speaking

    Michael speaks about transformative technologies affecting the global restaurant industry and. Specifically, restaurant automation, voice technology, and the changing nature of customer engagement using integrated data and perscriptive and embedded analytics - modern data management systems.

     

    Michael was recently named one of the restaurant industry's most influential restaurant technology experts by the Nations Restaurant News.

     

    For information about ResTech, speaking or consulting, please contact Michael through this website or here.

     

    See past speaking events below.

     

    More information:

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  • Speaking Engagements

    TOPICS: Restaurant Automation • VoiceTech + AI • Data and Insights • Tech-Stack Design • Venture Investing

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Restaurant Technology Summit, DC

    September 27, 2018

    I am speaking on voice commerce, robotics and automation.

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    Voice of Hospitality Summit, Dallas, TX

    June 4, 2019

    I am speaking on restaurant automation, voice search, discovery and conversational commerce for the restaurant and hospitality industries.

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    2019 Voice Summit, Newark, NJ

    July 22-25, 2019

    I am speaking on voice search, conversational commerce and automation for the restaurant and hospitality industries.

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    Atlantic Club, Washington, D.C.

    October 22-34, 2019 - NRA Headquarters, D.C.

    I am speaking on voice search, conversational commerce and automation for the restaurant and hospitality industries

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    2020 Project Voice, Chattaooga, TN

    January 13-17, 2020

    I am speaking on voice search, conversational commerce and automation for the restaurant and hospitality industries.

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    2020 TRA Conference

    August 16-21, 2020

    I am speaking on future RestTech, voice search, conversational commerce and automation for the restaurant and hospitality industries.

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    2020 FRLA Conference

    October 12-13, 2020

    I am speaking on the digitalization of restaurants on data optimization, tech-stack refresh strategies, VoiceTech and COVID-inspired innovations that will last.

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    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.

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    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.

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    FOHBOH + GoTab Webinar

    February 22, 2022

    I am leading a panel on ResTech and MarTech with seasoned experts. Hear from these restaurant tech experts as they provide guidance and lessons learned to get your tech-stack and Marketing Stack in shape. There is no time to waste.

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    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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    The restaurant industry is always transitioning....which is why ResTech innovation is so vital.