Startup to Watch: Chompus


Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Eva Roa and Soon Khen Owyong about their startup, Chompus. Now, obviously I’m biased since they’re really good friends of mine from AIESEC San Jose, but I truly do think their startup has potential so I hope you’ll take the time to check them out online.

Eva and SK are 2nd and 3rd from the left respectively.

I tried out this cool recording app called iTalk to record our interview but the 20 minute file was too big to transfer so you unfortunately won’t get the chance to hear it.

I started out writing out a transcript but it was taking so long I finally gave up, so instead you’re getting the highlights!

Chompus is an application that connects event planners and students. Eva and SK have somehow discovered how to kill 2 birds with one stone: end student hunger and help event planners reach attendee targets.

Student hunger is a huge problem in the US, much more so than is commonly believed. I remember meeting SK shortly after he moved here from Malaysia. He lived off of $1 Burger King…. now he’s graduated to $1 carrots (kidding!) The point is, student hunger is a very real problem. Tuition is expensive, rent is expensive, and prices in general just keep going up!

The flip side is student organizations on campus. The easiest way to get students to attend events is to offer free food, but in Eva’s own words ” Everyone and their mother is advertising to get people to come to their events.” (Lol, love you Eva <3)

Chompus sends subscribees text message reminders of events offering free food. Badabing, Badaboom! (More eva right there ;D) Students can get food and students orgs can get more attendees!

I don’t want to make this too long so I’ll save the stories for another post — you can look forward to some advice on entrepreneurship as well as some really nice stories about what it was like starting Chompus in the next weeks.

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That’s all for now folks. Make sure to “like” Chompus on Facebook =]

PS: Chompus is hiring! Check out their marketing internships.

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Pedro’s, the Cool Bar / Restaurant Down the Street From Work


I discovered the coolest place upon joining Astreya. Pretty much every week, my recruiting colleagues go out for drinks and free food at Pedro’s Restaurant & Cantina.

 

This place is so chill! The outside is super pretty and you see local engineers from Intel and whatnot hanging out outside, taking in some sun with their dogs.

I really love how this place looks. I’ve never been to Mexico, but I imagine this must be what rich people’s homes in Mexico must look like (wonder where I get that from — Zorro maybe?)

 

The inside is really well decorated too! Check out the lobby…

 

 

I kind of forgot to take pictures of the free buffet (there are animal style fries in there, some chicken wings…. ) but here’s the bar instead!
This place is great for cheap drinks with coworkers after you get off! And their margaritas are only ~$5 on Wednesdays O=] (they have strawberry margaritas! Yum =3)