Douglas has founded, managed or mentored more than two dozen startup companies. With a focus on food & beverage brands and founding of the slow-cooked meal company Stews & Such, he’s cultivated a vast network of manufacturers, vendors, distributors, co-packers and retailers in the packaged food space. This experience exposed a gap in the financing options available to small food & beverage brands, which Gastronome Ventures addresses. Previously he managed $100M+ marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including Nike, Motorola, DirecTV and Discovery Channel. Douglas received a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Cal Poly Pomona.