Startups were the hot topics of the day at Cal State Fullerton’s Entrepreneurship Department’s classes on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The Center for Entrepreneurship at CSUF, headed by author and professor, John B. Jackson (known to his students, friends, and colleagues as JJ), welcomed DishClips for a day of discussion with the seniors majoring in entrepreneurship. Tan and I spent the day speaking to two of the classes and engaging the students in discussions around the process of taking an idea and forming a viable business. Sub-topics included business plans, raising capital, forming the initial team, technology and development, sales and marketing, user acquisition, and a myriad of other challenges and opportunities startups face during the first year of formation and launch.
This was truly a terrific opportunity to not only share our insights with students, but to also gain perspective from a group of inquisitive minds that were not shy to challenge us and ask some thought-provoking questions. We wish to thank each of the students for their participation and engagement, and for allowing us to pick their brains a bit as we left with some rather fresh ideas to consider as we continue to improve the DishClips site and business model.
Last, but definitely not least, we wish to acknowledge JJ (John Jackson) for first returning my call(s) which led to a meeting and ultimately to this wonderful day of learning for all.
We encourage you to follow: @NewVenturesCSUF and @johnbjackson.
Now, jump on DishClips.com and discover what you’ll be having this weekend at your favorite local restaurant!
The Digital Media Center in Santa Ana hosted the Youth Entrepreneur Forum last Wednesday, March 14, 2012. DishClips was proud to be a sponsors for this event. Dozens of students from Orange County colleges were invited to listen to a panel discussion moderated by SBA’s Regional Administrator, Elizabeth Echols. The panel included:
- Marciela Sandoval: RSCCD Youth Entrepreneurship Program
- Naren Sthiya: Spawnd
- Ash Kumra: DreamItAlive.com
- Chris Basirico: American Business Bank
- Steve Sjostrom: Tech Shark Investors
This forum provided an amazing opportunity for young entrepreneurial minds to network with a number of successful entrepreneurs, investors, and have their questions answered. It was an inspiring morning filled with sharing of knowledge, optimism around the current startup space, and practical advice on how to take an idea through the appropriate steps and realize the dream of entrepreneurship.
We wish to thank Mr. Gustavo Chamorro, Director of the Digital Media Center, and his entire staff for the experience. DishClips looks forward to continuing our support for similar events in the future.
Irvine, Calif. On Thursday, March 1, 2012, DishClips co-founders Tan Rezaei and Navid Firoozi were among the finalists in this year’s Irvine Entrepreneur Forum Business Plan competition, held at the Hyatt, Irvine.
The finalists were chosen from an original group of over 50 startup companies, and DishClips took the grand prize of $10K in the Digital Media category.
Tan (Rezaei) and Navid (Firoozi) made their “Shark Tank”-like presentation before a panel of judges, and when it was all said and done were announced as this year’s top startup. Churm Media CEO and OC Metro Publisher, Steve Churm made the announcement.
Tan and Navid Accepting the $10K Check at IEF 2012
DishClips wishes to thank the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, and most importantly our customers and diners who have made our idea of revolutionizing the way diners discover, experience, and share food from local restaurants possible.
At the end of the day, it’s nice to get a little recognition now and then … and even sweeter when it comes from an authority within your space. In our case, it just so happens that OC Menus, a leading publication from the Churm Media company ran a story on DishClips. Happy reading:
DishClips revolutionizes the dining experience
See your food before you order
|By Elysia McMahan
A Newport Beach-based startup called DishClips is presenting an innovative way for diners to get to know their food. The company has created a website and mobile platform to assist local restaurants in presenting what they are best known for – their delectable dishes. DishClips has set out to become the leading online video library for local restaurant menus.
With a goal of revolutionizing the dining experience, the company produces high-definition quality video clips that range from 20 to 30 seconds in length to provide prospective diners with insight into various restaurants, as well as what kind of fare they can expect to indulge in once they arrive.
The company provides video production services to local restaurants, filming appetizing dish arrangements, the restaurant’s ambiance and décor, and giving viewers an impression of a restaurant before they even walk in the door. The website and mobile application features thousands of videos, which display distinctive dishes from favorite local establishments.
Once on the website, all users need to do is search for what type of food you are in the mood for and the desired location where you wish to dine, and you’ll be given a variety of options to choose from.
Since debuting their website, DishClips has highlighted dozens of restaurants that serve all of all types of foodie tastes. A few restaurants currently featured on the site include McCormick & Schmick’s, Five Guys, Maggiano’s, and In-n-Out.
For more information and to view featured restaurants or deals, visit the website at dishclips.com.
We’re happy to report that DishClips will be covered by the nice folks at Churm Media’s OC Menus publication. We have just received word from the editors, and can’t wait to share our story with you. We thank OC Menus in advance, and will keep you posted once the story is out in print.
As gastros, my girlfriend and I look forward to every single opportunity to venture out and explore new spots to indulge our foodie senses. Yesterday was yet another one of those days, as I woke up to find my girlfriend already hard at work bouncing back and forth between Yelp and DishClips, trying to plan our Sunday brunch. We knew what we wanted: amazing food, endless Champagne, and most importantly the chance to discover something new. I’ll spare you the whole process of us debating, calling on (restaurants), and looking through dozens of pictures and video clips. What resulted (after about an hour or so … think of it as foreplay) was something unexpected uttered by her … “this place is in Santa Ana,” she said. She was referring to Chapter One, a delightful spot in the heart of Santa Ana (a place we don’t normally frequent, or at least look for when it comes to dining, but lesson learned). We decided we would give it a try though, and headed to what ended up being one of the most amazing brunches we’ve had in a long time.
Chapter One’s menu is a simple, one page showcase of the delicious surprises awaiting diners. We didn’t waste any time and placed our orders for the endless champagne which was accompanied by a flight of fruit juices. On his second visit to our table, our server took our orders: the Salmon Hash, and the Southwest Etoufee Benedict. Seriously, I’m not going to tell you how great the food is, but I STRONGLY urge you to plan on visiting the joint for yourself and giving it a try. Reluctantly (I didn’t want to spoil the first impression for you) I’m gonna give you a sneak peak at what’s in stored for you.
Southwest Etoufee Benedict.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Jeff, one of the managers and partners. I’m certainly looking forward to shooting their entire menu in the near future, and who knows, we may even get a “DishStory” going on them. They certainly deserve the spotlight.
On a side note, and perhaps this was fate…walking back to our car with big smiles on our faces, we happen to see a stray Chihuahua wandering the streets. We ended up picking him up, putting him in our car and driving him to the OC shelter in hopes that he will find a home. Big shout out to all of the folks at the shelters by the way, selflessly caring for these lost animals.
We know the hustle and bustle of the holiday season’s got you hungry for some on the go grub as you dart from one store to the next and navigate the unruly maze that is the parking lot!
We’d like to remind you of a few spots in and around South Coast Plaza.
If you happen to be around South Coast Plaza and feel the urge for some Italian, visit Maggiano’s Little Italy, or Andrei’s if you’re in the mood for some delicious seasonal fare.
For a complete list of DishClips’ featured restaurants in and around South Coast, click here.
DishClips has now turned on the Facebook Comments box for every one of our HD quality video clips of the amazing food featured on our website. So, in addition to sharing the clips with your friends across your social media network, you’ll be able to leave us your comments through your Facebook account. This will automatically post and let your friends know what you’re craving at this very moment!
If you are reading this, then I’m guessing you’ve poked around a bit on DishClips.com.
DishClips has set out to become the largest online video library of local restaurant menus.
Since our launch back in November, DishClips has signed up hundreds of local restaurants southern California. Additionally, the following major national brands are now part of the DishClips media gallery; Acapulco (Real Mex Restaurants), Bubba Gump Shrimp, Five Guys, IHOP, In-n-Out, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and McCormick & Schmick’s.
As we get ready for the new year, we are hard at work building partnerships and signing up more and more of your favorite restaurants to showcase on our site … all of this of course is intended to help you, the consumer make your dining out decision!
So, take a few minutes to view some of the thousands of clips on the site, and leave us your comments, and if you like what you see, share it on Facebook!