Startland | LA-based ChowNow hungry for its new Crossroads regional office, KC tech talent

By Austin Barnes, Reporter

Order up! Los Angeles based ChowNow is ready to serve the Kansas City startup space, Candice Taylor said as the company prepares to open its first regional office in the Crossroads Arts District.

“It’s really important for us to be somewhere that has an amazing [food] scene and there’s certainly no shortage of incredible local restaurants here in Kansas City,” Taylor, director of recruiting, said with excitement as the online food ordering service puts the finishing touches on its new office space — set to open within the next six months.

In the meantime, the startup has a team working out of a temporary space in the Crossroads, she added.

“We want to make sure that we’re always putting our restaurant partners first and part of doing that is having staff members, boots on the ground in the central time zone so that we can better service those restaurant partners on our platform,” she explained.

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Also contributing to ChowNow’s decision to enter the midwest market: Kansas City’s hungry talent pool, Taylor added.

“When we announced that we were opening an office in KC, I mean the flood gates opened and I think people were just really excited that, you know, a tech company from L.A. was investing in and building an office and bringing jobs to the community,” she said. “We’ve experienced a lot of excitement, a lot of open arms, a lot of people willing to kind of help navigate the talent and navigate the space.”

Taylor expects roughly 50 jobs to be created in Kansas City over the next year. Hundreds more could follow as the company finds its footing in the midwest, she said.

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