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6 Countertop Smart Ovens That Will Change the Way You Cook

Even we can admit it: Ovens are not the most exciting topic. But smart ovens? Now this workhorse household appliance sounds glamorous and intriguing: “Let me preheat my smart oven while you park the Tesla” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? All kidding aside, the market seems to be exploding with cooking gadgets that take the guesswork out of roasting, let you control the temperature from your phone, and even claim to replace all your countertop appliances. Here are a few we’ve seen: Abo...
Tags: Books, Cook, Appliances, Smart Home, Whirlpool, Ovens, Kitchens, INS, Breville, Kitchen Appliances, Kitchen Accessories, Tovala, Small Appliances


Which types of startups are most often profitable?

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor Founder Stories: Webflow’s Y Combinator Journey I co-run an agency that teaches a hundred startups per year how to do growth marketing. This gives me a unique vantage point: ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Column, Y Combinator, Linkedin, Tech, E-commerce, SaaS, Venmo, Tovala, Julian Shapiro, BellCurve, Woodpath


KBIS 2019: LG adds Tovala’s meal platform to its array of smart oven add-ons

LG Electronics USA is launching new partnerships at KBIS 2019, including a new app integration into its smart ovens that will add Tovala's meal delivery and preparation platform. LG also features partnerships with SideChef, Innit, and Drop. The post KBIS 2019: LG adds Tovala’s meal platform to its array of smart oven add-ons appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Lg, Smart Home, Drop, LG Electronics USA, Tovala, Innit, SideChef, Kbis 2019


7wireVentures appoints Jaffee as VP

Chicago-based 7wireVentures, an early-stage consumer digital health venture firm, has named Alyssa Jaffee as vice president. Jaffee’s work background includes roles at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Hyde Park Angels, Healthbox and the Advisory Board Company. PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — 7wireVentures, Chicago’s premier early stage consumer digital health venture firm, today announced that Alyssa Jaffee has joined as Vice President. Jaffee will evaluate and drive investmen...
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We tested the futuristic $349 oven that some say could replace every cooking appliance that you own, and we were blown away by it

Tovala has created a smart oven and meal-kit service intended to simplify home cooking. The oven is a countertop machine that essentially combines four types of appliances: a broiler, a steamer, an oven, and a toaster. We got a chance to test it out — here's what it was like. Meal kits have become one of the biggest trends in food retail in recent years, with dozens of new companies cropping up and even traditional retailers jumping on the bandwagon, hoping to cash in on time-strapped consume...
Tags: Trends, Tovala, David Rabie


How the New Venture Challenge Is Helping Cement Chicago’s Reputation as the Next Great Startup Hub

At first glance, Tovala's Chicago headquarters looks like an ordinary apartment. But upon opening the front door to the office space, located in the city's River West neighborhood, visitors are greeted with an open space filled with boxes, home goods and employees buzzing like worker bees. Some cooked in the test kitchen. Others sat at...
Tags: General, Advertising, Chicago, Tovala, River West, City Spotlight: Chicago


We tested the futuristic, $349 oven that some say could replace every cooking appliance that you own, and we were completely blown away by it

Tovala has created a smart oven and meal-kit service that's intended to simplify home cooking. The oven is a countertop machine that essentially combines four types of appliances: a broiler, steamer, oven, and toaster.  We got a chance to test it out — here's what it was like.  Meal kits have become one of the biggest trends in food retail in recent years, with dozens of new companies cropping up and even traditional retailers jumping on the bandwagon, hoping to cash in on time-strapped consu...
Tags: Trends, Tovala, David Rabie


We tested the futuristic, $349 oven that some say could replace every cooking appliance that you own, and we were blown away by it

Tovala has created a smart oven and meal-kit service intended to simplify home cooking. The oven is a countertop machine that essentially combines four types of appliances: a broiler, a steamer, an oven, and a toaster. We got a chance to test it out — here's what it was like. Meal kits have become one of the biggest trends in food retail in recent years, with dozens of new companies cropping up and even traditional retailers jumping on the bandwagon, hoping to cash in on time-strapped consume...
Tags: Trends, Tovala, David Rabie


Chicago Booth entrepreneurs tap medicine, law, engineering for startup success

When it comes to startups, having the resources of a major university at your disposal can make a big difference. Entrepreneurs who recently graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business shared their experiences during a May 17 lunchtime panel discussion at the Harper Center in Hyde Park as part of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s month-long UChicago Innovation Fest. The wide-ranging discussion was moderated by Mark Wilson, a senior writer for Fast Com...
Tags: University, University Of Chicago, Mark Wilson, Fast Company, Hyde Park, University Of Illinois, Clark, Jennifer, University of Chicago Medicine, Booth, Chicago Booth, Brian Clark, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, NVC, Tovala, David Rabie


Smart-Kitchen Startups Give Cooks Digital Help Via Internet of Things

When it comes to connected homes, the hottest spot is located in your kitchen. The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and related technologies are being used to connect ovens, refrigerators, and other kitchen appliances to the Web. Feeling unsure about cooking that fish dish? Smart ovens can more accurately calibrate temperatures to avoid over-cooking. There’s even a robotics company in London called Moley that says it is developing an entire kitchen—complete with robotic arms—t...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Y Combinator, Internet Of Things, London, Funding, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Investment, Analytics, Bbc, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence


Polsky Center helps launch biotech company from lab to real world

When Yang Zheng decided to go to business school, he knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur. Instead of launching his own mobile application or consumer product, he sought an opportunity to join up with a University of Chicago doctor and begin work on bringing a technology to market that will change people’s lives. An MBA student at Chicago Booth, Zheng is the chief operating officer of Oxalo Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that is developing a novel drug to prevent kidney stones. Oxalo is ...
Tags: University, University Of Chicago, Martin, Yang, Hassan, Chicago Booth, Matt Martin, GrubHub, Zheng, UChicago Innovation Fund, UCGo Startup License, NVC, Yang Zheng, Tovala, New Venture Challenge, Edward L Kaplan


After a long wait, the Tovala oven is here for modern cooking convenience

Tovala, a high-end conventional oven, is built with industry standard technology that can thoroughly cook food in just 30 minutes. Aside from the oven, this device also comes with a subscription meal plan. The post After a long wait, the Tovala oven is here for modern cooking convenience appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Smart Home, Tovala, Smart Oven, Conventional Oven, Subscription Meal Plan


Tyson Foods invests in Tovala’s new oven and meal kit business

 Tovala, the startup that’s designed a new steam-based oven and accompanying meal kit subscription service, has inked an investment and partnership agreement with the food prep giant Tyson Foods. Through Tyson Ventures, the company’s investment arm, Tovala will get an undisclosed amount of new financing as the two companies pursue collaborations on Tyson-branded Tovala meals.… Read More
Tags: Food, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Economy, Food And Drink, Meal, Oven, Meals, Startup Company, Tyson, Tyson Foods, Tovala, Meal Kit, Tyson Foods Through Tyson Ventures


Tovala, which sells ‘smart’ ovens for $399, just raised fresh funding from local VCs

 The track record for smart kitchen devices is fairly uneven. On the one hand, you have Juicero, which was widely ridiculed for selling a $400 juice machine and that shut down soon after Bloomberg reported it was no more effective than one’s own hands (but not before investors sank more than $118 million into the company). On the other hand is the Anova Precision Cooker, a $145 Wi-Fi-… Read More
Tags: Food, TC, Hardware, Tech, Bloomberg, Tovala, Juicero, Origin Ventures


UChicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign partner on major innovation initiative

The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are launching a partnership dedicated to research and technology development for some of society’s most pressing challenges, from producing clean water to treating cancer. The partnership will bring about 100 faculty, researchers and students from Urbana-Champaign to collaborate with UChicago colleagues, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, and will be based at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurs...
Tags: Chicago, University Of Chicago, Illinois, Hyde Park, Rahm Emanuel, University Of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Rauner, Bruce Rauner, South Side, Dick Durbin, Argonne National Laboratory, Robert J Zimmer, U S Army Research Laboratory, Invenergy, Harper Court


After a long wait, the Tovala oven is finally here for us to order

Tovala, a high-end conventional oven, is built with industry standard technology that can thoroughly cook food in just 30 minutes. Aside from the oven, this device also comes with a subscription meal plan. The post After a long wait, the Tovala oven is finally here for us to order appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Home, Trends, Tovala, Smart Oven, Conventional Oven, Subscription Meal Plan


This $399 'Keurig for food' could replace every cooking appliance you own

A futuristic new kitchen appliance that is being called the "Keurig for food" could forever change home cooking. Called Tovala, the countertop machine is a broiler, steamer, oven, and toaster in one. It's meant to replace all major cooking appliances and eliminate most of the work involved in making healthy meals. The Tovala will be available to purchase starting Tuesday for $399 on the company's website. The public launch this week follows a Kickstarter campaign in which 700 prototypes of the o...
Tags: America, Trends, Blue Apron, Keurig, Business Insider, Joe, Tovala, David Rabie


You can buy Tovala’s $399 smart oven starting today

 Tovala, a $399 smart oven out of Y Combinator promising to perfectly cook ready-made meals in under 30 minutes is finally available for purchase. It can bake, boil and steam meals at up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 to 30 minutes and works with either prepackaged Tovala meals or your own food. However, the real money maker for the startup will be in the meal delivery service. It’s a… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Blue Apron, Food And Drink, Meals, Foodservice, Tovala, Sun Basket


Food startup Tovala finds a home in Chicago

The Windy City is becoming one of the top tech destinations in the U.S.
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Internet of random things: Fridges, doorbells, beds, and ovens are your connected future. Right?

ANALYSIS: The year 2016 could go down in history as the year the Internet of Things (IoT) really came to fruition. Yesterday, San Francisco-based June announced a fresh $22.5 million funding round, taking its total money raised to the $30 million mark to help bring its smart oven to market. The June oven isn’t like any ordinary oven — this one sports a camera inside that uses deep learning techniques to figure out what you’re preparing, then sets the appropriate temperature to ensure your meal...
Tags: Apple, Google, Y Combinator, Internet Of Things, Business, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, San Francisco, Intel, Kickstarter, Offbeat, Volvo, Microsoft Intel Samsung, Tovala, Balluga


What listening to 119 startup pitches over two days taught me about Silicon Valley’s ‘frivolous’ apps stereotype

The tech industry is sometimes lambasted for making frivolous apps — do we really need a dating app for bacon lovers?  But that's not all the next crop of entrepreneurs are working on.  In fact, during a marathon, two-day session of startup pitches in Silicon Valley, I got a first-hand look at how ambitious,  potentially-impactful and "serious" the next batch of tech startups are. "Food, housing, healthcare, transportation. Life essentials made better and more affordable," said Y Combinator part...
Tags: Evernote, India, Africa, Silicon Valley, Keurig, Phil Libin, Paul Buchheit, Zell, Tovala, Gecko Robotics


What listening to 119 startup pitches over 2 days taught me about Silicon Valley's 'frivolous' apps stereotype

The tech industry is sometimes lambasted for making frivolous apps — do we really need a dating app for bacon lovers? But that's not all the next crop of entrepreneurs is working on. In fact, during a marathon two-day session of startup pitches in Silicon Valley, I got a first-hand look at how ambitious, potentially impactful and "serious" the next batch of tech startups are. "Food, housing, healthcare, transportation. Life essentials made better and more affordable," said Y Combinator partner P...
Tags: Evernote, India, Africa, Silicon Valley, Keurig, Phil Libin, Paul Buchheit, Zell, Tovala, Gecko Robotics


Tovala: A Start-Up Story

In-house columnist Mark Herrmann shares what he's learned about the start-up world.
Tags: Food, Startups, Y Combinator, Business, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Mark Herrmann, In-House Counsel, Inside Straight, Tovala, Start-up Companies


Tovala’s Smart Oven Wants to Replace Your Microwave

With a scanner-equipped oven and a food-delivery service, Tovala hopes to change dinner plans for the eternally busy. The post Tovala's Smart Oven Wants to Replace Your Microwave appeared first on WIRED.
Tags: Gadget Lab, Food & Drink, Gear, Kitchen Gadgets, Tovala, Smart Oven


Meet Tovala, a smart oven that aims to perfectly cook ready-made meals in under 30 minutes

 Tovala is a new startup out of Y Combinator that came up with what they hope to be a less expensive alternative to professional combination ovens. The Tovala is a smart oven that can bake, boil and steam meals at up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 to 30 minutes. The meals come prepackaged from Tovala or can be made using a crowdsourced recipe platform. Tovala utilizes a combination of dry and… Read More
Tags: Cooking, TC, Gadgets, Entrepreneurship, Kickstarter, YCombinator, Startup Company, Tovala, Cooking Gadgets


Forget fast food, Tovala is like an Easy-Bake Oven for busy adults

Tovala, a high-end conventional oven, is built with industry standard technology that can thoroughly cook food in just 30 minutes. Aside from the oven, this device also comes with a subscription meal plan. The post Forget fast food, Tovala is like an Easy-Bake Oven for busy adults appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Home, Mobile, Tovala, Smart Oven, Conventional Oven, Subscription Meal Plan


Tovala smart oven is Blue Apron for people who don’t actually want to cook

It’s not that I don’t know how to cook or that I don’t want to cook – I just don’t have the counterspace to do so in my tiny New York apartment. At least, that’s what I tell my mom about my constant take-out habits. Tovala aims to fix this issue for many young professionals and busy parents by taking the Blue Apron model of DIY dinner kits and creating an appliance for you to actually cook your meals in. The business is split into three parts: First, the hardware is a smart oven that can read ba...
Tags: Gadgets, New York, United States, Kickstarter, Insider, Tovala, David Rabie, Rabie


Tovala launches Kickstarter campaign to accept pre-orders for its connected oven

Connected objects have proliferated in our homes, even in the kitchen, all designed to make our lives easier. A new entrant into this space is Tovala, which seeks to use technology to not only make our food better, but healthier. Today it launched a Kickstarter campaign to garner pre-sale orders for its smart oven. Started by David Rable and Bryan Wilcox, this Y Combinator-backed startup is a hardware company blended with a marketplace. The company operates a Blue Apron-like service that deliver...
Tags: Business, Kickstarter, Tovala, Connected Oven, Smart Oven, Tovala Smart Oven, David Rable, Bryan Wilcox, Rable, Christmas Tovala


Tovala launches Kickstarter campaign to accept preorders for its connected oven

Connected objects are proliferating throughout our homes — even extending into the kitchen — all with the aim of making our lives easier. A new entrant into this space is Tovala, which is using technology to help us eat healthier. Today the it launched a Kickstarter campaign to garner presale orders for its smart oven. Started by David Rabie and Bryan Wilcox, this Y Combinator-backed startup is a hardware company blended with a marketplace. The company operates a Blue Apron-like service that del...
Tags: Business, Kickstarter, Tovala, Connected Oven, Smart Oven, Tovala Smart Oven, Bryan Wilcox, Christmas Tovala, David Rabie, Rabie