Mobile food remains one of the most fascinating food trends in Columbus, with new carts and trucks popping up nearly every week. Yet consumers can't always find them, and vendors don't always park in opportune areas. Enter Hungerly.
Mobile food remains one of the most fascinating food trends in Columbus, with new carts and trucks popping up nearly every week. Yet consumers can't always find them, and vendors don't always park in opportune areas.
Launched Oct. 2, the new mobile app and website will allow consumers to track their favorite businesses and help owners find their fans. Outside the new Pitabilities truck, Hungerly founder Derek Edwards talked about his new business and the passion behind it.
My background is in electrical and computer engineering. I've been developing software for 13 years. I was big into videogames for the longest time. Back a decade ago, I wanted to open a game studio. That was my original goal.
My dad is an electrical engineer. He worked for Columbia Gas for quite a while. I got dragged out to some of their compressor stations, next to the big, big engines and things like that. I liked being around that. I really enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together.
Something people might not know about me is that I started high school when I was 12.
A while back, I started a consulting company. We did a lot of product development, software development. I had a chance to work on games for the iPhone and the iPad. I had a chance to work on medical-simulation software. I worked on music synthesizers. It was really across the board.
I'm the kind of person who can't really sit down too long doing any one thing. I do have to mix it up. Despite the interesting projects and the different things we were working on, I decided that I wanted to work on something that was really my own.
Hungerly came about because I was actually looking to start a gourmet coffee truck. I was starting to look into logistics behind trying to find where customers are located in the city. What I found was that there weren't really good solutions. Vendors don't have a good way, in real time, of saying, "We are here."
The best advice I've ever received came from my parents. Back when I was trying to figure out what my passion was, they really emphasized very early on not to get stuck in the corporate mindset - not to reach for that top executive position at some big company just because that's the thing to do.
Three things I can't live without are cheese, good music and having friends around.
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Photo by Eric Wagner