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Interview begins: 07:12
Insight begins: 57:53
Debrief begins: 1:05:28

Johann Moonesinghe is the co-founder and CEO of inKind.

inKind has invented a new form of finance where they purchase a bulk amount of food and beverage credit up-front from a restaurant, and then sell it to guests over time. They purchase large dollar amounts of credit in the restaurants (average $100,000) for a discount and then sell the credit to consumers as large gift cards (average $750) with a bonus.

inKind was founded in 2016 and based in Austin, Texas.

Learn more about inKind: https://www.inkind.com/

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Kevin Tien is the Executive Chef at Himitsu in Washington, D.C., and Hot Lola’s in Arlington, VA.

He was nominated as a Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and has now used InKind to open two restaurants.

Learn more about Himitsu: https://www.himitsudc.com/
Learn more about Hot Lola's: https://hotlolaschicken.com/

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This episode is sponsored by Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, a full-service law firm known for assisting entrepreneurs across the Heartland.

Learn more about or get in touch with Taft: https://www.taftlaw.com/
Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm

Interview begins: 07:12
Insight begins: 57:53
Debrief begins: 1:05:28

Johann Moonesinghe is the co-founder and CEO of inKind.

inKind has invented a new form of finance where they purchase a bulk amount of food and beverage credit up-front from a restaurant, and then sell it to guests over time. They purchase large dollar amounts of credit in the restaurants (average $100,000) for a discount and then sell the credit to consumers as large gift cards (average $750) with a bonus.

inKind was founded in 2016 and based in Austin, Texas.

Learn more about inKind: https://www.inkind.com/

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Kevin Tien is the Executive Chef at Himitsu in Washington, D.C., and Hot Lola’s in Arlington, VA. 

He was nominated as a Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and has now used InKind to open two restaurants.

Learn more about Himitsu: https://www.himitsudc.com/
Learn more about Hot Lola's: https://hotlolaschicken.com/

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This episode is sponsored by Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, a full-service law firm known for assisting entrepreneurs across the Heartland.

Learn more about or get in touch with Taft: https://www.taftlaw.com/
Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm

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Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley.

Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity.

Each show has three segments:

1.) Intro: independent research of the company
2.) Interview: interview with the founder
3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity

On Mondays, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders.