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Lunchpool startup seeks next stage of growth

Lunchpool launched their corporate pilot partnership with KnowBe4, a quickly growing billion-dollar cybersecurity firm located in Clearwater last month.

 

Employees at the event discussed how connecting with lunchpool has helped them to get closer and understand their colleagues at work better.

This has led to KnowBe4 investing and adding new options for employees to create a more collaborative work culture and a new breakroom where employees can enjoy lunch together, destress with video games, or relax during breaks.

One of the most interesting parts of the launch event was employees saying they are using lunchpool for much more than just having lunch and inviting fellow coworkers to exercise together, grab happy hour drinks together, and more.

Clearly lunchpool is doing far more than helping people to grab lunch. The developers of the app have adapted to this interest by providing different options for activities in the app.

Lunchpool’s premise of using interests to connect people seeks to “bring back the lunch break” and connect people in organizations in ways like never before.

Lunchpool Founder and CEO, Alexander Abell, is now working towards his next corporate pilot and looking for “innovators in people-focused high growth tech companies in Tampa Bay” to join a corporate paid pilot.

The potential uses of lunchpool go far beyond company culture though and the ability to connect people is something that is universally needed, leading lunchpool to explore other growth avenues as well such as the healthcare field. Growth will be based in Tampa Bay for now.

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150 people move to Tampa every day in the pursuit of cheaper housing, jobs, and warm weather. One of the main difficulties millennials seem to be experiencing is fitting into new jobs and companies. Many of these people are being hired by companies in Tampa Bay.

Low unemployment rates have made finding and retaining talent competitive for companies and organizations. Replacing an employee can cost companies between 50%-60% of that employees salary on average with costs mounting even higher.

Lunchpool may be just the solution that companies need both in this time of tight labor and in the future as the labor market shifts to its next stage. The next corporate pilots will be pivotal in the growth of lunchpool as a startup.

 

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Food Tech: Introducing Table Dot. Home Chefs on Demand

Have you ever wanted to have a chef cook in your home for you and some guests but not been sure how to go about it? Hiring a private in-home chef can be a stressful affair, from trying to negotiate the cost per head, to sourcing ingredients, annoying callbacks, and trying to find someone who is available during your preferred time period. A new food start-up based in Tampa called Table Dot hopes to change that.

Table Dot’s mission is to provide quality, in-home chefs available on-demand to hungry customers. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, a family gathering, or a reunion with old friends, Table Dot hopes to simplify the process of connecting with a in-home chef and provide food tech solutions that will make it easier to book a party at your home.

Founder, Katherine Allen, has created a platform that allows customers to mix courses and options and get an upfront cost, avoiding any surprises along the way. The entire process is handled by Table Dot including shopping, food prep, and cleanup.

The goal is to provide access to chefs in a responsible way, enabling cooks a simple solution and diners a hassle-free method to connect with private in-home chefs. The cost will vary according to the menu items sought, but could be as low as $12 a head according to Allen.

The start-up is seeking chefs and cooks to join their program. Table Dot hopes to build a large community of cooks and chefs and to empower line cooks and other chefs who have aspirations to cook on a different scale to join their cause. Allen herself has a background in providing in-home chef experiences and was inspired by her own experiences and difficulties to create Table Dot.

There are plans for an iOS and Android app in-development for Table Dot and Allen hopes to have a system that will be as easy as taking out your phone and planning your next gathering or meal at home in the future. Table Dot sounds like a promising and innovative product that could be very successful with the right combination of chefs and tech.

To find out more about Table Dot, visit them online at tabledot.com.