February, the month of love, is upon us and to celebrate, we bring you an exclusive Q&A with the CEOs of two of our portfolio companies, Yindii and Muu. These dynamic entrepreneurs have transformed their love for food and milk into thriving businesses, and they are sharing their unique experiences and insights with us today.
First up, Louis-Alban Batard-Dupre, CEO of Yindii, Bangkok's Food Surplus Delivery Service. Louis-Alban shares with us his journey from a childhood filled with food-centric family gatherings to leading a team of passionate individuals at Yindii. Read on to discover the steps he took to turn his passion for reducing food waste into a thriving business.
And next, we have Chanapol Tantakosol, CEO of Muu, the developer of animal-free dairy products. Chanapol tells us about his love affair with milk, how it led him to develop a game-changing solution for the dairy industry, and the importance of combining passion and practicality to create a successful company.
So, sit back, grab a drink and join us as we delve into the world of Yindii and Muu and the passionate individuals behind them.
Introducing Yindii - the New Champion in the Fight Against Food Waste
At Yindii, we're passionate about making a difference in the world, starting with the fight against food waste. With high-quality surplus food from local stores and restaurants that would otherwise go to waste, we're delivering delicious and perfectly edible meals to your door. From fresh vegetables from supermarkets to premium baked goods from top-notch bakeries to delectable dishes from buffet restaurants - you'll find it all at Yindii! And the best part? You'll be supporting a cause that benefits the planet, all while enjoying flash sales and unbeatable discounts! Join us in our mission to change the world and be a part of the N.1 surplus food delivery service in Thailand
1. How did your love of food start?
Growing up, food was a cornerstone in my family. Meals brought us together, creating a space for laughter, conversation, and of course, savoring the flavors of delicious food. My passion for reducing food waste stems from my grandfather, who instilled in me the importance of not letting anything go to waste. Even now, the thought of perfectly good food going uneaten still breaks my heart. That's why I'm on a mission to make a difference and fight the food waste epidemic.
2. What do you love most about your job as a CEO?
As a CEO, I'm truly inspired by the passion and talent of my team. We're united by a common goal to fight food waste and create a better future for our planet. And it's not just talking - our team is taking action, with 100,000 food heroes and 300 eco stores already on board. Our movement is gaining momentum and people are recognizing the urgency of our mission. After all, with 17 million tons of food thrown away in Thailand each year and food prices on the rise, we simply can't afford to waste anymore. But, with our team's dedication, we're determined to save every last bit of food and create a more sustainable future.
3. What do you love most about Yindii?
At Yindii, we believe in making a difference, one bite at a time. And with our innovative approach to reducing food waste, you can enjoy delicious food while having a positive environmental impact. It's a win-win situation - you get to indulge in mouth-watering meals from your favorite stores at discounted prices, and at the same time, do your part in saving the planet. So why not join us on this mission and experience the joy of making a difference with ease!
4. How do you prepare for the demand in February, the month of love, and 14th of February?
At Yindii, we believe that the planet loves us and it's time for us to show our love in return. This month, we're inviting customers to join Yindii in celebrating the beauty of our planet and giving back in a meaningful way by rescuing food surplus with a special promo code.
5. Do you have any memorable experience related to love on the application Yindii?
A customer once shares a story, "Moms are always there to feed and care for us, but we often forget about their own preferences. I found a special way to show my love and appreciation for my mom through food. She loves S&P but rarely orders it, as she mostly prepares meals at home. So, I surprise her with Yindii surprise box from S&P store which is filled with new and exciting items that brings a big smile to her face. It's a small gesture, but it brings me joy to see her enjoy a taste of something she loves. That's my way of saying thank you and I love you, Mom."
6. Promotion on Yindii for the month of love?
We are excited to announce our Valentine's special promotion! This year, we invite customers to treat your loved one to a luxurious "breakfast in bed" experience with our premium breakfast and brunch offerings. We also have a special valentine's promo discount code available on the app to help rescue more food surplus. Love is about doing sweet and meaningful things together, and what could be more special than starting the day with a delicious meal made just for them. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to show your love in a truly memorable way.
7. What would you advise for people who would like to turn their love of their hobby/interest into a business?
My passion fuels me to go above and beyond in all that I do, and I'm here to share my belief that the era of just working for a paycheck is coming to an end. It's simply not sustainable in the long run. Instead, I believe that being passionate about what you do is the secret ingredient to staying motivated and igniting the fire in others around you.
So, my advice to you is to follow your dreams with unbridled enthusiasm! When your passion is at the forefront, it attracts like-minded individuals to join you on your journey to success. But, it's not just about having a dream - it's about making it a reality. You need a strong team, a solid business model, and unwavering execution. That's why, as an entrepreneur with a heart for impact, I believe in the power of combining passion and practicality to build a long-lasting and thriving company. Let's chase our dreams and make them a reality!"
Q&A with Chanapol Tantakosol, CEO and Co-Founder of Muu, Developer of animal-free dairy products.
Introducing Muu – Cow's milk made without cows
Unleash your love for dairy, without the guilt! Introducing the ultimate dairy alternative, crafted through precision fermentation with our specially selected microbes. Say goodbye to cows and hello to a new era of milk that is identical in taste, texture, and functionality to traditional dairy products. Enjoy all your favorite dairy dishes, from creamy lattes to rich and buttery baked goods, without compromising on taste or animal welfare. Be a part of the change and discover the future of dairy!
1. How did your love for milk start?
Growing up, I was surrounded by the creamy, comforting goodness of milk, thanks to my parents' encouragement. Whether it was a mug of hot cocoa, a soothing cup of green tea with milk, or a slice of cheesy pizza, milk was always there to elevate my taste buds. And so, it's no surprise that I've developed an unwavering love for all things dairy, from smooth and velvety yogurts to tangy, delectable cheeses. My childhood memories are intertwined with the wholesome goodness of milk, and it's a love affair that has only gotten stronger with time.
2. What do you love most about your job as a CEO?
As CEO of MUU, I am thrilled to be at the forefront of driving innovation and shaping the company's future. I am passionate about our mission to create a sustainable food production system that benefits people, animals, and the environment, leaving a better world for future generations.
But what truly excites me is the opportunity to work alongside a talented, dedicated team and stakeholders who share this vision. Together, we are making a real difference and bringing about positive change. Seeing our collective efforts come to life is incredibly fulfilling, and being a part of such an inspiring team is a daily motivation to keep pushing forward.
3. What do you love most about Muu?
Our mission at MUU is a noble one - to boldly create a brighter future through innovative food production practices. I am honored to be a part of a company that is fully committed to making a positive difference in the lives of people, animals, and the environment.
Working with a team of passionate and talented individuals, who share in this mission, is a true joy. Together, we are unstoppable in our quest to bring our vision to life and make a real impact. Every day is filled with purpose and meaning, knowing that our work is contributing to a better tomorrow. It's an exciting time to be at MUU, and I can't wait to see what the future holds!
4. What would you advise people who would like to turn their love of their hobby/interest into a business?
Turning your passion into a successful business is a thrilling journey filled with ups and downs. To set yourself up for success, it all starts with having a deep love and excitement for what you do. This fuels you with the drive and determination to push through the challenges that come your way.
Next, it's time to validate your idea by researching the market and determining if there is a real demand for your product or service. A solid business plan, a supportive team, and staying attuned to market changes and customer needs are all crucial pieces of the puzzle.
But the road to success is never a straight one. Be prepared for the unexpected and stay flexible, ready to pivot when needed. Successful entrepreneurs are those who are adaptable to change and never give up. As Darwin said, "It is not the strongest that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change."
So buckle up, it's time to embark on the rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurship! With hard work, determination, and a dash of adaptability, you'll be well on your way to creating a thriving business that brings you both happiness and success.
At Xpdite Capital Partners, we're here to help bring your passion to life and fast-track your startup journey. Get in touch with us today and let's unleash your full potential to turn your vision into reality!