Wharton Business Radio

Launch Pad: January 30, 2019

Hosts Karl Ulrich and Rob Coneybeer are joined by Jon Carter (Chief Executive Officer, Snap Kitchen), James Bell (Director, Corporate Communications and Social Media, Kia Motors America), Luis Perez (CEO, Remoov), and Deepak Sekar (Founder and CEO, Chowbotics) on the Wednesday, January 30, 2019 edition of Launch Pad.

Air Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Jon Carter

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Jon Carter

James Bell

Air Time: 8:30 pm
Featuring: James Bell

Deepak Sekar

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Deepak Sekar

Luis Perez

Air Time: 7:30 pm
Featuring: Luis Perez

Featured Guests

Jon Carter

Chief Executive Officer, Snap Kitchen


Jon developed the digital infrastructure for Live Nation and Ticketmaster before moving into the food business with Snap Kitchen. They’ve since become one of the most technically advanced brands in the industry. Since first becoming engaged with Snap Kitchen as a Venture Advisor, Jon has focused his efforts on spearheading the omni-channel digital strategy. He developed the MVP prototype, mobile web app for online ordering and delivery, and lead the development of the full integration of the Snap Kitchen app to TASK POS functionality. Jon has also brokered deals with delivery partners such as Uber Eats, Favor, and Postmates. Jon is leading the effort to transform Snap Kitchen from a purely brick and mortar food concept into an omni-channel e-commerce company. He has previously held senior digital positions at Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Union Bank.


Twitter- @snapkitchen
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James Bell

Director, Corporate Communications and Social Media, Kia Motors America


James Bell is the Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at Kia Motors America (KMA). Bell oversees communications strategy, media relations, internal communications and social media contend and engagement. He joined KMA in June 2016.

James brings nearly 20 years of automotive and communications experience to Kia. He served as Head of Consumer Affairs for General Motors after time at Kelley Blue Book where he was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst. Bell’s multifaceted experience provides a unique perspective on the industry, crossing the boundaries between the general consumer, passionate enthusiast and discriminating media.

Bell resides in Long Beach, California, with his wife Hilary and daughter Kate. In his spare time, he enjoys a typical California lifestyle: traveling, boating, the NBA and running the occasional marathon.


Twitter-@ _Petrolhead
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Luis Perez

CEO, Remoov


Luis is the founder and CEO of Remoov, a San Francisco based startup that makes it simple to up-cycle your unwanted items. Prior to Remoov, Luis was Vice President at a New York based hedge fund focused on distressed investments in the consumer and retail sectors. Prior to that, Luis worked in technology strategy consulting with DiamondCluster and as logistics and pricing strategy analyst with Ingram Micro. Luis received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wharton.

Twitter – @ RemoovIt | @thelocalflea


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Deepak Sekar

Founder and CEO, Chowbotics


Dr. Deepak Sekar brings years of experience, a curious mind, innovative spirit and more than 100 patents to his role as founder and CEO of Chowbotics. Sekar grew up in India reading Isaac Asimov’s science fiction novels about robots and building them in his spare time, so naturally when it was time to select an area of study, he chose technology. He holds a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Madras and a PhD from Georgia Tech, which he completed in 2007.

Sekar began his professional career at SanDisk and has gone on to serve as the Chief Scientist at MonolithIC 3D Inc. and Director at Rambus where he led engineering and marketing teams in addition to managing IP portfolios and building sales relationships. A dozen of his 100 patents are now used in every iPhone.

One day, while making food in his kitchen, Sekar thought he could make his food in a more convenient and fun way by building a robot that could eliminate repetitive tasks such as stirring and chopping, while allowing him to focus on creative things like developing new recipes. He went ahead and built this robot along with a high school classmate of his. That’s how the idea for Chowbotics was born. Soon, he created his first prototype, hired a small, tight-knit team of engineers, and begin testing Sally the Salad Robot.

Sekar is excited to share his pioneering technology with the world and help to revolutionize food preparation. Outside of work, Sekar enjoys trying Bay Area restaurants and watching new films, often finding his mind wandering back to Chowbotics and what’s next for the company, be it a new feature or whole new robot.

Twitter – @chowbotics, #sallythesaladrobot
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