CoInspect Collaborative Excellence Blog

Aaron Cohen

Recent Posts

360 Degrees of Food Safety

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 17, 2018 5:31:57 PM


Today's consumers demand fresh, locally sourced food and that means ingredients are now more susceptible to food safety issues than at any point in recent history. Here are some recent lowlights:

  • Recent (massive) romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak - and subsequent product recall
  • Tainted produce in McDonald's salads which recently sickened hundreds of consumers
  • Bacteria in pre-cut fruit - the list goes on and on. 
Read More

Topics: Food Safety

Romaine, Blockchain, and the Future of Food Safety

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 11, 2018 4:29:49 PM





Read More

Topics: Food Safety, blockchain

Will You Make the Grade?

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Dec 14, 2017 9:27:26 AM



Consider two restaurants. Both serve the same kind of food, both have friendly staff and are in an excellent location. But one is full of customers and the other nearly always empty. Why? The answer to this riddle is their letter grade: one has an A, and the other a B.  

Read More

Topics: restaurant grading, restaurant letter grades, Restaurants, Brand Standards, foodborne illness, Operations, restaurant inspection, Compliance, Food Safety

Motivating Millennials with Mobile

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Dec 12, 2017 5:42:10 AM


Millennials love their mobile devices. Are you leveraging that passion in the workplace with mobile productivity tools?

Millennials comprise the largest demographic in the restaurant workforce. You’d bet a lot of your wealth that they all carry smartphones. Yet, unlike the white-collar world, almost none of them use that device for work beyond scheduling. What about training? Operations? Compliance?

Read More

Topics: Restaurants, featured, Millennials in Restaurants, Operations, restaurant, restaurant employee, Compliance, Millennials, Mobile, mobile productivity, mobile technology

The Next Restaurant Tech Wave: IoT

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 28, 2017 7:07:25 AM

For the past 3 years, American restaurant chains have invested in a series of technologies designed to boost revenues and improve customer loyalty.  Atop every front counter is a loyalty program tablet-based payment system. Signage encourages you to download the company’s new delivery app and every other television ad drives you to engage with the company’s digital presence.  The most recent technology cycle has focused on revenue growth through digital innovation. As that cycle matures, operators need new sources of economic opportunity and the next wave -- the Internet of Things -- is surging towards the kitchen.   

Read More

Topics: food safety technology, iot in restaurants, Restaurants, Tech, featured, iot, Operations, restaurant chains, restaurant tech, Food Safety, internet of things, Quality Management

4 Reasons American Food Companies Use Pen and Paper as Their Core Safety Technology

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Aug 29, 2017 9:41:58 AM

The 5 trillion dollar food industry takes safety exceptionally seriously.  Customer health and safety depend on rigorous, continuous protocols. Mistakes have devastating financial and cultural consequences for these companies.

Read More

Topics: Operations, Quality Assurance, restaurant chains, Technology, Compliance, Food Safety, pen and paper, safety and quality inspections

Could Paul Graham Fix Government?

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jul 14, 2014 8:26:52 PM

What can government learn from the recent history of tech startups?

In 2001-2, company incubators/accelerators nearly became extinct after the market collapsed and the internet industry experienced a malaise. Ten years later, thousands of proto-company organizations have opened around the world. Mostly, they owe their existence to YCombinator, the company behind the founder-friendly blueprint that mentors entrepreneurs at scale and has given birth to over 1000 companies.

Read More

Topics: Legal, CoInspect Updates, Government

The USV Thesis Lesson

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jul 8, 2014 8:24:09 PM


Deanna Cameron’s Pinterest


For nearly a decade, Brad Burnham and Fred Wilson have periodically published and updated the Union Square Investment Thesis on Aquick search reveals 13 posts that reference “investment thesis” by 8 current or former USVers and a handful of others such as Hunter Walk.

For years, I struggled to appreciate the value of a sharpened thesis. When I look back on my career I was guided by this:

“The internet will change everything, so let’s create companies.”

Read More

Topics: CoInspect Updates, Government

The MeWe Manifesto

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jul 8, 2014 8:20:41 PM




Nearly 40 years ago, Muhammad Ali addressed Harvard’s class of 1975 on senior day. Famed Paris Review editor and sportswriter George Plimpton attended and remembers the fighter prodding students to use their elite educations to “change the world.” When Ali concluded, a student called for the Greatest of All Time to give them a rhyme. A hush fell over the crowd as Ali recited what would become the shortest poem in the history of the English language:

Read More

Topics: CoInspect Updates