Feastie


Website: feastie.com
Twitter: @_feastie
Facebook: Feastie
Founder: Valerie R. Coffman

Overview

Feastie is a search engine that generates recipes from food blogs based on user searches. Users can search by ingredient, diet, allergy, dish, holiday, etc., save their favorite recipes, and  then make grocery lists from those recipes with one click. Feastie drives traffic to food bloggers’ sites by linking back to the original post on their sites. [5] Once a user starts to build a grocery list, the site also automatically matches it with printable coupons for items on the list. [1]

History

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Feastie was founded by Valerie R. Coffman in early 2011. With a a doctorate in theoretical physics and professional background in astrophysics, quantum computing, and properties of complex materials, Valerie quit her five-year physicist post to launch Feastie because she wanted to make it easier for Americans to make healthy, tasty, home-cooked meals. Valerie developed an algorithm to help people to discovery recipes from everywhere, while she paid her bills through freelance programming work. [3] [5] In 2011, Feastie won a business plan competition sponsored by Rockville Economic Development. [1] The company was then one of the inaugural startups to participate in Fortify Venture's accelerator program in 2012.

Funding Rounds

Funding RoundDatePaper AmountInvestors
SeedMarch 7, 2012Undisclosed AmountFortify Ventures

References

  1. Lily Marcela Gundersen "Physicist Valerie Coffman cooks up a new career on the Internet" Washington Business Journal October 14, 2011
  2. Sarah Perez "D.C.’s Newest Tech Accelerator “The Fort” Debuts Inaugural Batch" Tech Crunch March 7, 2012
  3. Monika Jansen "How to Stay Competitive in a Crowded Marketplace: An Interview with Valerie Coffman of Feastie" Tech Crunch February 29, 2012
  4. J.D. Harrison "D.C.’s start-up engine gaining momentum, but hurdles persist for entrepreneurs" Washington Post August 20, 2012
  5. "30 Under 40: Part III" BisNow September 24, 2013