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Episode Description

Matt Wadiak, Co founder and former COO Of Blue Apron, and CEO and Co founder of CleanUp joins the show to talk about

- Founding Blue Apron and being one of the first movers in meal planning and e-commerce ingredient market.

- The importance of capital planning and cash flow and the importance of picking markets.

- Key ingredients to succeed as an entrepreneur in the food space.

- How customer acquisition has evolved in the D2C space and what founders can do to ensure the cream rises to the top.

Episode Transcript

Matthew Wadiak

Founder and CEO of CleanUp

Matthew Wadiak is an accomplished entrepreneur and visionary leader with a strong passion for transforming industries and fostering innovation. His journey is defined by remarkable accomplishments and an unwavering commitment to excellence.Recognized as Ernst and Young's National Entrepreneur of the Year, Matthew's leadership prowess has been acknowledged for driving transformative change within the business landscape. He has also received the esteemed "100 Most Creative People" award from Fast Company, a testament to his relentless pursuit of pushing creative boundaries and inspiring innovation.Matthew's influence extends to the food industry, where he co-founded and served as the COO of Blue Apron, revolutionizing how food is sourced, distributed, and prepared. Overseeing a network of over 250 farmers, ranchers, and agronomists, and managing a team of 5,000+ manufacturing employees across six national centers, he played a pivotal role in reshaping the culinary experience.As the Founder and CEO of Cooks Venture, Matthew's vision focused on building a future-forward supply chain that transforms manufacturing and industrial agriculture.

His commitment goes beyond profit, aiming to create regenerative systems that combat climate change while delivering exceptional products that prioritize quality and taste.Outside of his entrepreneurial ventures, Matthew's dedication to social impact is demonstrated by his role as a board member at Goodwill International, one of the world's largest NGOs. Here, he contributes to the organization's mission of fostering education and employment opportunities to drive positive change in communities.Matthew Wadiak's journey is a testament to the power of visionary thinking, innovative leadership, and unwavering commitment to bettering industries and society at large. Join him in shaping a brighter future at the intersection of innovation, sustainability, and transformative leadership.