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Program & Recordings

Replay select sessions from Curbivore’s previous gatherings, connecting the industry’s best and brightest!

2022 Sessions

CHECK-IN | 8:00 AM

Check-In, Coffee & Networking

Arrive at the venue (1061 S. Flower St. LA, CA) bright and early to start your day right! Collect your badge, grab a hot latte and a pastry, and start meeting the minds rethinking the curb.

Brought to you by Snackpass.

OPENING REMARKS | 9:00 AM

Kicking off Curbivore

Welcome to Los Angeles and welcome to Curbivore! Jonah Bliss welcomes the audience and sets the stage for why we’ve convened for this uniquely important gathering.

  • Jonah Bliss Curbivore
ONE-ON-ONE | 9:05 AM

Delivery from the Front Lines

Hear from Uber Eats’ Sachin Kansal, and one of the company’s top couriers, about how the company learned from the past two years, and what sort of adaptations we can expect as the delivery giant branches into new verticals.

  • Sachin Kansal VP of Product, Uber
  • Barbra Watkins Courier, Uber Eats
  • Harry Campbell Founder, The Rideshare Guy
PANEL | 9:40 AM

Curbivore 2022: Calming Chaos at the Curb

After decades of underinvestment, the curb is suddenly the hottest piece of real estate in the city. But as businesses large and small fight for space, how can cities properly control and price access while ensuring their everyday citizens don’t get left behind?

  • Seleta Reynolds General Manager, LADOT
  • Gene Oh CEO, Tranzito
  • Jordan Justus CEO, Automotus
  • Matt Geller CEO & Co-Founder, Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association
  • Alex Mitchell SVP Unlocking Innovation, LACI (Moderator)
PANEL | 10:25 AM

Future Foods, Future City: Ghost Kitchens, Virtual Brands & Delivery

Does the world’s most popular restaurant even exist? New food concepts emerge on third party delivery apps in the blink of the eye, but if you went to visit, you might not exactly find a maitre’d waiting for you. Take a peek behind the curtain at the way clever new businesses are repurposing existing spaces, and the new ways their meals are getting delivered to consumers.

  • Alex Canter CEO, Ordermark & Nextbite
  • Kelly Grogan VP of Sales, Virtual Dining Concepts
  • Matt Newberg Founder, HNGRY
  • Denny Post Former CEO, Red Robin
  • MJ Chun Co-Founder & VP of Product, Serve Robotics
  • Laura Bliss West Coast Bureau Chief, Bloomberg CityLab (Moderator)
PANEL | 11:15 AM

Grocery Wars: Different Speeds for Different Needs

Don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your home to restock the pantry? Whether it’s a smaller SKU convenience order, or the breadth of a whole supermarket – a world of delivery options are now at your finger-tips. Hear how the disruptive upstarts and the 100-year old mainstay grocers are taking different approaches to this emerging vertical.

  • Oskar Hjertonsson CEO & Co-Founder, Cornershop
  • David Lin CEO, Duffl
  • Bobby Brannigan CEO, Mercato
  • Nancy Luna Correspondent, Insider
  • Louise Matsakis Investigative Reporter, NBC News (Moderator)
SPEECH | 12:00 PM

Speech by Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles is Curbivore’s host city for many reasons, including that it’s a global leader in many of the topics we hold near and dear: emerging cuisine, technology, street culture, transportation innovation, and social equity causes. We can’t wait to hear Los Angeles’ Mayor Eric Garcetti share his own thoughts on these vital topics.

  • Eric Garcetti Mayor, City of Los Angeles
BREAK | 12:15 PM

Lunch & Networking

Try some delicious food from our partners at ZIKI, Virtual Dining Concepts and many more; grab a complimentary FRO frozen yogurt or water from Bib Technologies / Automoto; witness a drone delivery by Flyby; check out the amazing technology on display; get to know your next great business partner.

ONE-ON-ONE | 1:00 PM

Superfast City: The Rise of Personalized Instant Commerce

No company has disrupted the world of commerce more than ultra-fast darling JOKR, which in just a few months has swept from Europe to the Americas on the promise of 15-minute delivery for just about everything. JOKR COO Aspa Lekka (formerly of SoftBank and Foodpanda) sits down for her first one-on-one since raising a cool $260 million. She’s joined by VC meme-king Turner Novak, whose portfolio also includes used car marketplace VINN, social ordering app Snackpass, and Canadian delivery disruptor Tiggy.

  • Aspa Lekka COO & Founder, JOKR
  • Turner Novak Partner, Banana Capital
ANNOUNCEMENT + PANEL | 1:25 PM

New Forms, New Factors: Innovations for the Movement of Goods & People

First, we kick things off with an exciting announcement by Tortoise’s Dmitry Shevelenko. Then, hear from the brightest minds inventing new vehicles and charging solutions to ensure the delivery and mobility revolution is as green as can be, and get insights into what it will take to ensure all these new modes play nicely with the city’s transportation system.

  • Tom Schreiber CEO & Co-Founder, Perch
  • Dr. Regina Clewlow CEO, Populus
  • Dmitry Shevelenko Co-Founder & President, Tortoise
  • Daniel Repka Head of Sales, Sally
  • Dan Mitchell City & Community Engagement, Nuro
  • Joshua Brustein Technology Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek (Moderator)
PANEL | 2:10 PM

Everything On Demand: Last Mile Solutions for New Verticals

Once upon a time, just about the only thing you could get delivered in a day was a pizza. Now the entire world is yours in 30 minutes or less: groceries, clothing, convenience items, even marijuana and alcohol (for those in the luckier states, that is.) What are the innovative solutions that make this new world of instant delivery possible?

  • Carl Hansen VP Head of Government, Coco
  • Sheena Shiravi VP Marketing, Eaze
  • Lee Hnetinka Founder & CEO, FastAF
  • Herb Coakley Founder & CEO, Courial
  • Berber Jin Reporter, The Information (Moderator)
  • BREAK | 2:55 PM

    Coffee + Networking Break

    It’s time for one more cup o’ joe! Stretch your legs, visit the exhibitors, and keep the conversation going with your fellow attendees.

    Brought to you by Coco.

PANEL | 3:10 PM

The Pandemic Pivot: Success Stories for Chefs & Business Owners

The pandemic radically altered how and where we people eat, shop, and play. Restaurateurs, small business owners, and independent chefs / creators have had to stay nimble and adaptive to keep the lights on; what are some of the lessons that worked, and how can society at large learn from that?

  • Kevin Tan Founder & CEO, Snackpass
  • Joey Grassia Founder & Co-CEO, Shef
  • Kristen Hawley Founder & Editor, Expedite
  • Heather Kuklin Chef & CEO, Madame Shugah
  • Josh Kopel Restaurateur & President, California Restaurant Assoc. – LA
  • Keerthi Vedantam Reporter, dot.LA (Moderator)
ONE-ON-ONE | 3:50 PM

The Future Delivered: Imagining the Curb in 2030

Famed investor Mark Suster sits down with Vade’s Matty Schaefer to talk about their shared vision for the future of the curb.

  • Matty Schaefer CEO & Co-Founder, Vade
  • Mark Suster Partner, Upfront Ventures
PANEL | 4:15 PM

Anything but Asphalt: Repurposing Streets, Sidewalks, and Parking Lots

America is awash in asphalt; but if the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that there’s better and higher uses for all this space. While cities are finally responding, it’s proven difficult to balance competing needs: public transit, marginalized food workers, innovative startups, neighborhood businesses, and many more all need a system that works for them.

  • Donald Shoup Distinguished Research Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA
  • Alex Fisch Councilmember & Former Mayor, Culver City
  • Janette Villafana Journalist, L.A. Taco
  • Catherine Geanuracos Co-Founder & CEO, CityGrows
  • Sam Roxas VP of Public Affairs, REEF
  • Jonah Bliss Curbivore (Moderator)
BREAK | 5 PM

Happy Hour

The talks may be over, but the fun sure isn’t! Stick around the site for another hour of enjoyable beverages and schmoozing. We’ll have plenty of beer, wine, June Shine, Liquid Death, and more non-alcoholic options on hand.

  • OFF-SITE | 6:00-8:00 PM

    Vade After Party

    The party keeps going… this time to a nearby bar – Prank – for another two hours of stimulating discussions and meaningful conversations. Separate RSVP required.

    Brought to you by Vade.

RELIVE THE MAGIC

Recap & Highlights

Come relive the magic of Curbivore 2022!

2020 Program Archive

In case you missed us this year, our 2020 edition’s batch of sessions, keynotes, and workshops are available for replay here. Subscribe to our emails to be the first to know when we release 2022’s agenda!

2020 Sessions

ONE-ON-ONE

A Conversation with ChowNow’s CEO Chris Webb

The promises and challenges of online ordering – how restaurants are adjusting to the “new normal.”

  • Matt Newberg Founder, HNGRY
  • Chris Webb CEO, ChowNow
ONE-ON-ONE

A Conversation with Uber Eats’ Daniel Danker

From Hailing Rides to Delivering Sides: How Uber Eats Saved Uber

  • Harry Campbell Founder, Rideshare Guy
  • Daniel Danker Head of Product, UberEats
ONE-ON-ONE

A Conversation with CoMotion’s John Rossant – The High Stakes Battle to Claim the Curb

  • Harry Campbell Founder, Rideshare Guy
  • John Rossant Chairman, NewCities Foundation | Founder & CEO, CoMotion
ONE-ON-ONE

Home Kitchens Meet Street Vending—The Intersection of Food & Urbanism

  • Laura Bliss West Coast Bureau Chief, Bloomberg CityLab
  • Farley Elliott Senior Editor, Eater LA
PANEL

Ending Chaos at the Curb: Measuring and Managing Pickups & Deliveries

  • Jonah Bliss Creator, Curbivore | VP, CoMotion
  • David Zipper Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Dawn Miller Head of Policy, Coord
  • Harrison Azizi Director of Operations, Bond
  • Ryan Measel Co-Founder, Fantasmo
WORKSHOP

Bars, Restaurants, Cafes: How to Go Contactless for Menus and More

  • Steve Simoni CEO, Bbot
WORKSHOP

Eat This! How Local Specialty Markets Quickly Embraced Online Pickup & Delivery

  • Bobby Brannigan CEO, Mercato
WORKSHOP

Profits & Platforms in the World of Pickup & Delivery

  • Ryan Pershad Global Operations Manager, Getswift
ONE-ON-ONE

Kitchens & Community in the COVID Era

  • Esther Tseng Food Journalist
  • Judy Ni Chef & Founder, Baology
ONE-ON-ONE

Food Tech Revolution

  • Matt Newberg Founder, HNGRY
PANEL

Walk on the Wild Side – Ensuring Equity When Opening Streets & Pedestrianizing Retailing

  • Jonah Bliss Creator, Curbivore | VP, CoMotion
  • Meghan Sahli-Wells Councilmember & former Mayor, Culver City
  • Lava Sunder General Manager, Culdesac
  • Tafarai Bayne Chief Strategist, CicLAvia
  • Sandy Heyaime Board Member, LA Nightlife Alliance
PANEL

Brave New World: Virtual Brands vs Ghost Kitchens

  • Matt Newberg Founder, HNGRY
  • Carl Segal COO, Reef Technologies
  • Kristen Barnett Director of Strategy, Zuul Kitchens
  • Alex Canter CEO, Ordermark
ONE-ON-ONE

Day Two Opening Remarks from Harry Campbell, RSG

  • Harry Campbell Founder, The Rideshare Guy
PANEL

Small Vehicles for Small Trips: Reshaping Delivery for the Last Mile

  • Michal Nakashimada Movements
  • Ben Morris CEO, Coaster Cycles
  • Mina Nada CEO, Zoomo
  • Kelly Rula New Mobility Lead, Seattle DOT
PANEL

Pop-up and Stand Out – New Concepts and Bold Marketing for a 2.0 World

  • Jonah Bliss Creator, Curbivore | VP, CoMotion
  • Valerie Libutti Chef & Founder, VeganTravelEats
  • Jill Sandin Founder, JS2PR
  • Marlee Blodgett Co-Founder, La Morra Pizza
  • Tara & Celene Carrara Founders & Chefs, Bungkus Bagus
PANEL

Autonomous Streets & Sidewalk: How a New Fleet of Startups Are Navigating Delivery

  • Michele Kyrouz Host, Smarter Cars Podcast
  • Matthew Johnson-Roberson Co-Founder, Refraction AI
  • Dmitry Shevelenko Co-Founder, Tortoise
  • Julia Thayne Mobility Innovation Lead, LA Mayor’s Office
PANEL

Delivering Profits: How to Make Off Premise Dining Work

  • Amir Efrati Executive Editor, The Information
  • Vignesh Ganapathy Government Relations, Postmates
  • Peter Szalontay CEO, Full Kitchen
  • Kelly Grogan VP Sales, Virtual Dining ConceptsT
  • Mark Ferguson Senior Delivery Contributor, The Rideshare Guy
PANEL

Vroom Boom: Rethinking Drive-Thrus, Drive-Ins and Parking for the Coronavirus Era

  • Emma Liem Beckett Editor, Restaurant Dive
  • Scott Fitsimones Co-Founder, AirGarage
  • Michael Manion CEO, Kitchen Podula
  • Jackie Gonzalez Founder, Cinemauto
PANEL

Well Oiled Machine: How Restaurants Both Large and Small Transformed Their Businesses Into Outdoor Dining Vanguards

  • Matt Newberg Founder, HNGRY
  • Sean Maloney Manager, Osteria Mozza
  • Andrew Rigie Executive Director, New York City Hospitality Alliance
  • Christelle Rohaut CEO, Codi
PANEL

Order in for Sin: A Look at the Effects and Economics of Marijuana & Alcohol Delivery

  • Harry Campbell Founder, Rideshare Guy
  • David Mack SVP Policy & Public Affairs, Eaze
  • Michaela Balderston Head of Communications, Tusk Ventures
  • Chris Vaughn CEO & Founder, Saucey
ONE-ON-ONE

Opening Remarks from Jonah Bliss, Curbivore

  • Jonah Bliss Founder, Curbivore
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