Welcome!

News Feed Item

Venga Secures $1 Million From VCs and Restaurateurs

Created over 6 million guest profiles and tracked over $160 million in spending

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Venga, the only complete customer management system for restaurants, announced it has closed a $1 million Series A round.  Founded in 2010, Venga has raised a total of $1.65 million.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140115/MN46476)

Led by Militello Capital, the round includes a prestigious roster of industry executives, restaurant groups and angel investors. They include: Think Food Group (Jose Andres' restaurant group), Big Red Ventures (Cornell University's venture fund), Bill and Pat Anton (founders of Anton Airfood), Philip Cummins (partner, Innovative Dining Group), Gus DiMillo (owner, Passion Food Hospitality), Brad Zions (co-founder, Lemonade Restaurants), Alicia Aloe (founder, RezSource), Jodie McLean (President and Chief Investment Officer, EDENS), and various angels.

Venga's patent-pending technology automatically links restaurants' point of sale systems and reservation systems (such as OpenTable®). In doing so, it connects purchases to the individual guests who made them to seamlessly build profiles on individual guests' habits and preferences. Restaurants use this information to increase visit frequency, customer satisfaction, and spending through targeted email campaigns and personalized service. To date, they've tracked over $160m in spending and created over 6 million guest profiles. Restaurants using Venga have seen an ROI exceeding 650%.

"Venga has built the 'holy grail' for restaurants," said Bill Anton, Chairman Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America's (CIA) Board of Trustees and restaurant industry icon. Pat Anton, Chair Emeritus of the Women's Foodservice Forum and CIA Trustee, agreed, saying, "Venga allows restaurants to connect actual customers to their purchase history for the first time. This allows managers to engage customers like never before."

Some of the most influential restaurateurs and restaurant groups around the country have adopted the product, including Michael Mina, Michael White, Richard Sandoval, Fig & Olive, and EMM Group.  Venga plans to build on this success, using the additional funding to scale their sales team and develop a CRM product for the casual dining market.

"This funding will allow Venga to satisfy the incredible demand in the restaurant marketplace for its current product and identify new opportunities," said Matt Brady, co-founder and COO of Militello Capital. "We are excited to support Venga's growth as they continue to develop innovative ways to deliver customer insights to restaurants."

About Venga

Founded in 2010 in Washington, D.C., Venga's mission has always been to provide restaurants with deeper insights into guests' preferences and habits. Venga has grown into the leading guest management software for the restaurant industry and their patent-pending technology remains the only product to combine dining reservations with point-of-sale data.  In doing so, it connects purchases to the individual guests who made them to seamlessly build profiles on individual guests' habits and preferences. Venga's clients, which include many of the most successful restaurant groups in the country such as ThinkFoodGroup, Michael Mina and Altamarea Group Restaurants, use this information to increase visit frequency, customer satisfaction, and spending through targeted email campaigns and personalized service.  For more information, visithttp://www.getvenga.com.

Media Contact: Winston Lord, Venga, 202-450-2006, [email protected]

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

SOURCE Venga

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer at Webair Internet Development Inc., will focus on real world deployments of DDoS mitigation strategies in every layer of the network. He will give an overview of methods to prevent these attacks and best practices on how to provide protection in complex cloud platforms. He will also outline what we have found in our experience managing and running thousands of Linux and Unix managed service platforms and what specifically c...
trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vice president of product management, IoT solutions at GlobalSign, will teach IoT developers how t...
As enterprises around the world struggle with their digital transformation efforts, many are finding that innovative digital teams are moving much faster than their hidebound IT organizations. Rather than struggling to convince traditional IT to get with the digital program, executives are taking advice from IT research firm Gartner, and encouraging existing IT to continue in their desultory ways. However, many CIOs are realizing the dangers of following Gartner’s advice. The central challenge ...
Much of the value of DevOps comes from a (renewed) focus on measurement, sharing, and continuous feedback loops. In increasingly complex DevOps workflows and environments, and especially in larger, regulated, or more crystallized organizations, these core concepts become even more critical. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, will show how, by focusing on 'metrics that matter,' you can provide objective, transparent, and meaningfu...
A critical component of any IoT project is the back-end systems that capture data from remote IoT devices and structure it in a way to answer useful questions. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle large data sets, but they are not well suited to many IoT-scale products and the need for real-time insights. At Fuze, we have developed a backend platform as part of our mobility-oriented cloud service that uses Big Data-based approache...
The pace of innovation, vendor lock-in, production sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and managing risk… In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dan Choquette, Founder of RackN, will discuss how CIOs are challenged finding the balance of finding the right tools, technology and operational model that serves the business the best. He will discuss how clouds, open source software and infrastructure solutions have benefits but also drawbacks and how workload and operational portability between vendors...
Cloud Object Storage is effectively infinitely scalable and boasts the lowest total costs. But cloud SLAs and T&Cs are traditionally optimized for huge customers like Netflix, so applications demanding better confidentiality or higher availability typically can’t reap the benefits of public cloud storage. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Don Martin, CTO of Security First Corp, will provide an overview of innovative technologies available today – secret sharing and information dispersal algori...
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
As the rapid adoption of containers continues, companies are finding that they lack the operational tools to understand the behavior of applications deployed in these containers, and how to identify issues in their application infrastructure. For example, how are multiple containers within an application impacting each other’s performance? If an application’s service is degraded, which container is to blame? In the case of an application outage, what was the root cause of the outage?
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT's direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Buildi...
Cloud-based NCLC (No-code/low code) application builder platforms empower everyone in the organization to quickly build applications and executable processes that broaden access, deepen collaboration, and enhance transparency for all team members. Line of business owners (LOBO) and operations managers know best their part of the business and their processes. IT departments are beginning to leverage NCLC platforms to empower and enable LOBOs to lead the innovation, transform the organization, an...
Unless you don’t use the internet, don’t live in California, or haven’t been paying attention to the recent news… you should be aware that self-driving cars are on their way to becoming a reality. I have seen them – they are real. If you believe in the future reality of self-driving cars, then continue reading on. If you don’t believe in the future possibilities, then I am not sure what to do to convince you other than discuss the very real changes that will roll out with the consumer producti...
There is an ever-growing explosion of new devices that are connected to the Internet using “cloud” solutions. This rapid growth is creating a massive new demand for efficient access to data. And it’s not just about connecting to that data anymore. This new demand is bringing new issues and challenges and it is important for companies to scale for the coming growth. And with that scaling comes the need for greater security, gathering and data analysis, storage, connectivity and, of course, the...
The IETF draft standard for M2M certificates is a security solution specifically designed for the demanding needs of IoT/M2M applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Romansky, VP of Strategic Technology at TrustPoint Innovation, will explain how M2M certificates can efficiently enable confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity on highly constrained devices.
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will dis...