TechtoTableTM software brings a unique and fresh approach to developing applications to improve restaurant operations and guests’ dining experience. Before developing software features and enhancements, we interview restaurant owners, managers, hosts and servers to understand specific problems, what is mission critical, how these problems are currently being addressed, the differences among restaurants, what systems are being used, which features were important to their success and solution priority. This approach has resulted in a new seating management product (SeatingManagerTM) that is being recognized as the next generation solution among competitive products. SeatingManager is a complete solution that optimizes table availability, party size, guest seating preferences, walk-ins, waitlist and reservation arrival patterns and guest communications using their mobile phones.
We started the company, FastPassNow Inc. in August 2014 and self-funded product development and deployment to early customers that are some of the best restaurant brands on the Gulf Coast. The Alabama Launchpad process provided the opportunity to obtain funding to assist us with our go-to- market expenses. The Launchpad process requires time and focus to complete, but doing so challenges assumptions that have improved our business. There are many coaching resources available to assist entrepreneurs going through the Alabama Launchpad process, we were very fortunate to receive excellent guidance from Mel Washington and Yolanda Johnson from the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at the University of South Alabama.
“After participating in similar competitive startup investment programs in Silicon Valley California, the Alabama Launchpad program is the most professionally managed and my best experience. The $70,000 Grant we received is providing the additional resources to grow our business that was not possible through self-funding alone.”
– Kenneth Forbes, Founder