If you lived in the Greater Boston area from 1987-2015, you’re probably familiar with food delivery company DiningIn.com.
The company was a pioneer in the food delivery industry and it became a nationally recognized brand, starting in Boston, then expanding to Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and the Twin Cities. The company’s growth peaked when founder Michael Hackel sold DiningIn.com to food delivery behemoth Grubhub in 2015 as part of a deal worth a reported $80 million.
On this episode, we tell the story of how Hackel went from an unsure Boston kid to a successful entrepreneur. We also hear about what obstacles he faced on the way to selling his business and how he’s spending his time off now. We also talk with Hackel’s attorney and advisor, Bernkopf Goodman’s Todd Goldberg.
Jesse Baerkahn is an expert in urban planning and placemaking. He’s been called a “city maker” by one publication for his company’s work which focuses on meaningful ground-floor programming. Most notably, he was one of the visionaries behind the revitalization of the Kendall Square area. Currently, Baerkahn and his company, Graffito SP, are shaping the way Bostonians live, connecting landlords to unique tenants from East Boston to Allston, creating exciting, new neighborhoods.
Breaking Ground host and Bernkopf Goodman’s Jeannette Riendeau caught up with Baerkahn to talk about his philosophies and the future of Boston, which he sees on the water. After the conversation, Breaking Ground talks with Bernkopf Goodman attorney Eric Allon.