Congrats to Alexa Andrzejewski and her 10-person team at Foodspotting on the OpenTable acquisition! By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Mobile app Foodspotting announced today an acquisition by OpenTable. Foodspotting CEO and co-founder Alexa Andrzejewski explains on the blog: "We’ve already been working closely with the OpenTable team as partners: In addition to making restaurant reservations via Foodspotting, you may have seen Foodspotting photos from select restaurants popping up on OpenTable."
OpenTable acquired Foodspotting for $10 million today. Foodspotting had raised a total of $3.75 million in venture funding to date, celebrating its third birthday last week. The Foodspotting team recently released a photoblog of the last three years, sharing pictures of the entrepreneurial journey. Below are a few:
In spring 2010, the Foodspotting team went fundraising. Foodspotting CEO and co-founder Alexa Andrzejewski remembers "It was the best of times and the worst of times, with dozens of conversations and dozens of rejections. But still we marched on!"
She shares this picture of herself in 2012 answering emails next to a giant ice cream sandwich in the Foodspotting office, remarking: "Sometimes I think CEO means Chief Emailing Officer. This is me answering mail, or customer support, or some other big writing job."
Congrats to Alexa and the Foodspotting team! They've come a long way from the recipe book idea she came to Women 2.0 with in 2009. Through a Women 2.0 workshop, she transformed that book idea into an idea for a mobile app, attending Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2012 to get validation - and her first angel investor Dan Martell!
As a user of both Foodspotting and OpenTable, I look forward to watching the two services grow together over the next few years. Congrats again on the exciting news!
Women 2.0 readers: What's your take on the OpenTable acquisition of mobile company Foodspotting?
Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.