At Blendid, we’re committed to fueling everyone’s life through safe and empowering food choices. We believe the very best of AI-based robotics and new engineering possibilities will elevate our collective experience with food.
As we head into a new future, our focus will be building a contactless, autonomous robotic kiosk. Our leadership team’s deep expertise ranges from all facets of the food industry to machine learning software to operations. This means we have a pretty good shot at building the new future in food. And we’re already underway.
Kristen is a culinary nutrition and food sustainability expert with passions that have led her many places – from implementing plant-forward, stem-to-root menu revamps at restaurants to teaching about and exploring food science at UC Berkeley and the Nordic Food Lab. She is an adjunct faculty member at UC Berkeley, past adjunct faculty at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and owner of Rooted Food, Inc., a culinary nutrition and food sustainability consulting company. Being a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, she enjoys attracting people to better eating through deliciousness and believes Blendid will serve that need through technology and customization.
Kristen received her bachelor’s in Dietetics from UC Berkeley and master’s in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University.
Ram Nagarajan brings more than 23 years of experience in technology, consumer products, and B2B services to Blendid. He’s launched numerous high profile consumer products for universally recognizable brands such as Nook, Samsung, Netflix, and DirecTV. His success in delivering critical, complex, and cross-functional programs from concept to market is what drives him to do the same at Blendid.
Ram holds his bachelor’s and master’s in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Board Member of Panera, Former CEO & Chairman of Jamba Juice, SVP at Safeway, Gillette, Nestle
Chief Strategy & Brand Officer at Bon Appétit Management Company
Founder & General Partner of Benhamou Global Ventures, Former CEO & Chairman of 3COM
Board Member of BJ's, former EVP of Walmart, former VP of Hershey's
VP Product at Resy (Amex Dining), Former VP of Guest Experience at Chipotle
Creator and Founder of OpenCV, Consulting Professor at Stanford University
Former CEO of Lancer Corporation.