Asian restaurant yield management platform Big Dish Ventures has named experienced technology executive Henry Joseph-Grant as its Chief Operating Officer to spearhead the firm’s global expansion.
FoodTech has been one of the hottest sectors in the startup space for several years, but most of the attention and funding has so far been going into the delivery of food. However, startups are increasingly attacking all the tiers of the traditional food pyramid.
BigDish brings dynamic pricing to the restaurant business, enabling restaurants to increase traffic primarily during off-peak periods. The company operates in Manila, Philippines, Hong Kong and Jakarta.Sources in the finance industry told CoFounder the firm was planning to launch the initial public offering in February. Joseph-Grant declined to comment.
Joseph-Grant was an early member of the team that built JUST EAT plc from a startup into a $2.44 billion IPO, and later held senior operational roles at Gett and founded the European arm of Abraaj Capital-owned The Entertainer.
At BigDish, Joseph-Grant oversees all departments, bringing extensive sales experience, operational and global go-to-market expertise, ensuring BigDish’s complex, cross-functional initiatives are achieved.
“He brings world-class understanding of scaling, complex go-to-market strategy, and leadership qualities that few executives have. He’s got highly relevant technology experience as one of the world’s most knowledgeable people in FoodTech. In addition, he has a proven track record of execution, maximising the growth potential of a range of businesses,”
The company said it had also appointed a new non-exec director Simon Perree, former founder of Play.com (which Rakuten bought in 2011) and Venture Capital company NetCap.