Discover Local Food Through Personalized Recommendations with Famished.

You know that feeling when you’re SO hungry that you need your food to be here, like, right now? However, when you start to look up meal options, you’re quickly overwhelmed by just how many options are out there. The fact that the listed menu items are pretty vague doesn’t help, either. You could scroll through endless lists of restaurants and picture-less menu items, or you could try Famished.

Famished is a mobile app designed to help people discover delicious local food through a personalized experience. Their goal is to help you spend more time enjoying your next meal and less time looking for it.

Did you know that people waste approximately 240 hours per year looking for food? With hundreds of menu items to choose from, the choice paralysis is real. Additionally, the price for the dish can vary by 20% depending on the app you use to order, even though it’s the exact same dish from the exact same restaurant.

Current food ordering platforms also feature only basic search functionality and little to no personalization. Menus are boring, photos and videos are missing, and there’s inadequate information to help you make a decision.

Famished, on the other hand, shows you vegan and vegetarian meals from top-rated restaurants in Los Angeles based on your food preferences and more. It also includes high-quality photos or videos to help make your decision even easier.

Features
Famished includes a variety of helpful features that make the app easy to use and help you decide what to order.

AI-based food recommendations: Famished uses artificial intelligence that gets smarter over time in order to recommend the food you’re most likely to enjoy. The app takes into consideration your dietary restrictions, taste profiles, past orders, what your friends like and even the weather outside to provide recommendations of local food.

Photos and videos: Famished includes high-quality photos and/or videos in their recommendations of individual dishes so you get a better understanding of the menu item.

Meal information: The app also includes key information about each menu item, such as the ingredients, price, and whether it’s vegan or vegetarian. (However, you can easily skip through the info if you’d rather just look at the pictures).

Healthy food: Famished currently focuses on vegan and vegetarian dishes from the top-rated restaurants in Los Angeles, but people without dietary restrictions are welcome to use the app, too.

Beta: Famished is currently in beta and is looking for new users. Early adopters will be able to provide feedback, vote on the features they’re most interested in, and generally shape the final product before it officially launches.

Interested?
Having a lot of food options is great, but having personalized recommendations with high-quality visuals and helpful information is even better. Stop scrolling through your food ordering platform wondering, “what even exactly am I looking at?” Instead, turn to Famished to find local food you’re going to love. Want to try Famished for yourself? Visit famished.io to sign up for their beta version.

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Pet-tech startup KatKin secures €5 million to take its personalised cat food across the UK

London-based KatKin today announced a seed round led by Octopus Ventures, taking the total amount raised by the company to almost €5 million, to help cats live healthier, happier lives with a new cat food that meets cats’ biological needs. Siblings Brett and Nikki O’Farrell started KatKin in 2019 after realising that the pet food…

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[Beyond Meat in Business Insider] Breakfast is quickly becoming an attractive opportunity for Beyond Meat as consumers’ diets and food buying habits change

Beyond Meat will start selling breakfast sausage links, the plant-based meat company’s fourth product introduction and second breakfast-themed one so far this year. CMO Stuart Kronauge told Business Insider that breakfast is a key expansion opportunity for Beyond Meat, especially with people eating more meals at home and relying less on restaurants.

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Blockchers presents 4 exciting blockchain startups working in food & water (Sponsored)

The benefits of blockchain technology are breaking out of the fintech realm and overflowing into a wide array of sectors. From fighting water scarcity, to smart irrigation, blockchain has the potential to boost technologies that not only improve people’s day-to-day lives, but also create an impact for vulnerable people across the world. Meet Blockchers Blockchers…

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Newsletter: Protecting our food and water

 

  • This week’s top investment deals from OurCrowd
  • Webinar Oct. 20: How AgTech protects our food supply in a pandemic
  • Can we spread the success of high tech to benefit everyone?
  • DeSantis taps Israel’s BlueGreen to protect Florida’s water
  • Dataloop raises $ 16M for AI data management platform
  • D-ID: Israeli face recognition tech lets actors work off set
  • Innoviz automotive Lidar sensor has higher performance, lower cost
  • On video: Israelis’ first glimpse of the UAE startup scene

Unprecedented investment opportunities in AgTech

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The coronavirus pandemic has further weakened a global food supply chain already under strain from increasing population and climate change. Startup technology is increasing farmers’ yields, easing distribution and enhancing irrigation, creating unprecedented opportunities for investment in fast-growing AgTech companies. Join us on Tuesday, October 20th and hear how these advances in agricultural technology are being snapped up by local farmers and multinational corporations, and how you can invest in their success. (For accredited investors only).

While high tech rides the pandemic wave, millions are drowning

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Israel’s high-tech fundraising smashed all records in September, breaking the $ 1 billion barrier for the first time in a single month – a glimmer of good news amid the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. The astonishing $ 1.2 billion raised by Israeli companies in September brings the three-quarter total for 2020 to $ 7.6 billion and sets this tiny country of just nine million people on track to raise more than $ 10 billion in a single year – another record. But the achievement will be hollow unless we can spread the economic benefits beyond the small proportion of the population actively working in the tech sector. Even while many Israeli startups and investors celebrate their success, some 900,000 people are now either unemployed on furlough. Never has the evidence of a two-tier economy been more stark. While some smart entrepreneurs and investors ride the pandemic wave, millions more are drowning. In this two-tier economy, technology must be the escalator which allows everyone to move up a level. Read more in my latest column for LinkedIn here.

DeSantis taps Israel’s BlueGreen to protect Florida’s water

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called in OurCrowd’s newest investment, Tel Aviv-based BlueGreen Water Technologies, to protect Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries from harmful algal blooms that have turned waterways green, poisoned fish and reduced air quality. The blooms “have a debilitating effect on our ecosystems and our communities,” said Gov. DeSantis. “That is why, for the first time, I made it a priority to secure dedicated funding to deploy innovative technology to mitigate blue-green algae blooms.” Lake Guard Oxy is a proprietary innovative algicide developed by BlueGreen that floats on the surface and prevents the algae from growing. The Governor saw the effectiveness of the treatment when he led a trade mission to Israel in 2019. It will be the first of its kind to be tested in Florida.

 

Top Tech News

Dataloop raises $ 16M for AI data management platform
Dataloop, the Herzliya-based startup whose platform streamlines the process of preparing visual data for machine learning, raised $ 11M in Series A funding led by Amiti Ventures, with F2 Venture Capital, Nextleap Ventures, SeedIL Ventures and OurCrowd. The company also announced a previously undisclosed $ 5M seed round. Dataloop’s customizable SaaS platform for AI data annotation and data management weaves together human and machine intelligence to accelerate vision AI. It allows more businesses to embrace AI by covering the entire data preparation cycle, from training and data labeling, through to automating data ops, customizing production pipelines, and powering enterprises successfully in production. “Many organizations continue to struggle with moving their AI and ML projects into production as a result of data labeling limitations and a lack of real-time validation that can only be achieved with human input into the system,” Dataloop CEO Eran Shlomo tells TechCrunch. “With this investment, we are committed, along with our partners, to overcoming these roadblocks and providing next generation data management tools that will transform the AI industry and meet the rising demand for innovation in global markets.”

D-ID: Israeli face recognition tech lets the show go on
Many of us can work from home during lockdowns, but actors have been among the worst hit by the pandemic. D-ID’s software was developed to preserve your privacy in an age of ubiquitous facial recognition, but as Hollywood and TV shows shuttered because of coronavirus, the company has tweaked its technology to allow actors to manipulate still images of their faces to look realistically like they’re talking, smiling and making other facial expressions. “We created an advanced feature that enables actors and productions to film movies from home and save a lot of time and money on filming days,” Gil Perry, D-ID’s co-founder and CEO tells Israel21c. In an era where the sensitive biometric data in our faces needs protection from the rapidly-growing facial recognition market, D-ID’s identity protection makes organizations’ photos and videos unrecognizable to facial recognition tools. The company’s software renders digital images impenetrable without distorting the image itself. Its AI-powered solution can mislead facial recognition software into mislabeling an image or even changing its appearance.

Innoviz reveals new automotive Lidar sensor with higher performance, lower cost
Innoviz creates high-performance, solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software that bring vision to the automotive, drone, robotics, mapping and other industries to enable safe autonomy. InnovizOne, the company’s automotive-grade sensor, will get its first volume production applications with BMW in 2021. Now it has developed InnovizTwo, which the company says will feature similar, or improved performance, but with a 70% reduction in cost, for installation in lower-cost vehicles. “OEMs are generally willing to pay for level three premium cars up to $ 1,000 for lidar,” Omer Keilaf, CEO and co-founder of Innoviz, tells Forbes. “For level two, the barrier is much lower so they’re talking about $ 400 to $ 500.”

 

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Israelis’ first glimpse of the UAE startup scene

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More than 2,000 people from Israel, the UAE and around the world signed up to watch UAE Tech Investment Landscape: Introduction for the Israeli Ecosystem, co-hosted by OurCrowd and Emirates Angels. You can watch the full recording here and read coverage of the event in Khaleej Times, Crowdfund Insider, Startups Magazine, CIO.com and BusinessLiveME. And you can read about our work in the UAE in the Financial Times and a profile of Sabah al-Binali, OurCrowd’s Head of the Gulf region, in Arab News.

 

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[OurCrowd in Israel21c] Why the UAE is looking to Israel to secure its food supplies

Myriad deals between the two countries run gamut from health-tech to diamonds, but food-tech and agri-tech are top priorities, investors agree. Food security is emerging as a key area in which the UAE is eager for Israeli expertise, investors in each country tell ISRAEL21c.

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Importing Frozen Food

Hi All,

I've been scouring online and there doesn't seem to be a clear answer anywhere for trying to import frozen food. My family owns a pizza company in Canada and I've now moved over to the US. I'm trying to import frozen pizza from Canada to resell here in the US. Does anyone have insight of where to even start with something like this?

Thank you so much everyone!

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