We recently caught up with the founding team of Bevi, a company that offers offices customized smart water coolers operated on “real-time” tracking for refills and stockings.
Sean Grundy (CEO), Eliza Becton (Head of Product), and Frank Lee (Head of Marketing)
Investors and total raised
$14M (Horizons Ventures, Tamarisc)
Boston, New York City, San Francisco
The Exception Interview
How would you describe your company and its product to someone who has never heard of it?
Our product is a smart water cooler for offices that customizes unsweetened, zero-cal, or organically sweetened flavors. Since all Bevi’s are Internet connected, our ops team has real-time data to proactively refill and service the machines. This means the office manager will no longer have to worry about restocking their beverage needs.
How did you come up with the idea for your company? How did you validate the concept early on?
Bevi is a mission driven company aiming to eliminate waste from the bottled beverage supply chain. Our machines are powered by tap water, then enhanced by design and technology.
What does your ideal customer look like?
We currently serve corporate offices, hotels, and gyms across major US metro areas.
Where would you like to see your company in 5 years?
Bevi will be everywhere. We aim to replace the home beverage supply chain as well.
What broader trends are driving interest in the food tech sector?
Since drinking just plain water is boring to some, we are seeing customers requesting unsweetened or naturally sweetened flavors. Bevi allows them to customize still and sparkling water with unsweetened, zero-cal, or naturally sweetened flavors.
What excites you personally about working in food tech?
Our smart office water coolers are helping people to stay hydrated and live a healthy lifestyle. Since a lot of people spend most of their day at the office, Bevi is able to make a big impact on a daily basis.
What other companies or founders do you follow for inspiration or advice?
Elon Musk is the man, and the Iron Man.
What words of wisdom would you like to share with the next generation of food tech CEOs?
Learn from people that doubt you, but spend more time on people that get your vision.
Photo courtesy of Bevi
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