Tech Isn't The Bad Guy: A Discussion
Generally speaking, the restaurant community has a negative perception of technological disruption. The reality is that there’s not much choice—innovation will happen, technology will change, and customers will have different expectations at every level of the industry. Rory and Tommy walk us through tech innovation and touch on 'tech du jour' including delivery services, reservation systems, point-of-sale and inventory schemes, mobile checkout, and more. Their talk will also cover emerging technologies and trends likely to impact operators in the next five to ten years and finish by explaining possible future tech prophesied by foodservice futurists.
Rory is a cofounder of NickelCommerce and leads product development. He lived in London and worked in financial compliance at RWC Partners, a hedge fund, prior to moving home to Texas to work on NickelCommerce. At RWC, he was instrumental in the operation of funds totaling $14B in assets under management. Rory holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. When not working, you can find Rory playing piano, traveling, or grabbing a cheeky pint with mates.
Tommy is the founder and CEO of NickelCommerce, a digital marketplace that tracks restaurant costs and brings transparency to purchasing by allowing operators to share invoice data. Prior to NickelCommerce, he worked as a consultant to large hospital chains and the military, helping develop innovative, cost-effective solutions for healthcare delivery. Tommy holds a Masters in Economics from Boston University and a degree in Management from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a self-taught computer programmer and a craft beer lover.