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Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen co-founded CoInspect to make food safer and filing cabinets obsolete. CoInspect software powers food safety, quality assurance, and standards management for restaurants and food manufacturers. The company's obsession: Make software that is fast, flexible, and easy-to-use.

Recent Posts

Healthy Eating Trend Equals Greater Risk for Foodborne Illness

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Oct 4, 2018 5:35:42 PM

Restaurants must take food safety seriously—every employee, every day, on every shift.

Today’s consumers are seeking fresher, healthier food, focusing more on salads and other produce versus more processed, high-fat convenience foods. As Americans demand healthier products, restaurants and other food businesses are responding with fresher ingredients. And this is a big reason that we’ve seen a huge uptick in foodborne illnesses lately. It’s a great irony that produce and other fresh foods are healthier for consumers to eat, but they inherently carry more food safety risk.

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Food Safety

Walmart's Blockchain Solution Offers Food Safety Lessons

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 30, 2018 8:58:38 PM

Earlier this spring, the CDC started issuing warnings about an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. Since many food businesses rely on antiquated pen and paper record-keeping, as opposed to digital technologies, it was challenging to pinpoint exactly where the tainted lettuce came from and where it was shipped, sold and served.

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Food Safety, Blockchain

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. 
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Topics: Food Safety

Romaine, Blockchain, and the Future of Food Safety

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





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Topics: Food Safety, Blockchain

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?

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Topics: 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.   

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Topics: Internet of Things

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.

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Topics: Operations, Quality Assurance, Technology, Compliance, Food Safety, Safety and Quality Inspections

A Father's Legacy Lives On

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Mar 9, 2016 9:52:50 AM

At MeWe, we’re building powerful, easy-to-use mobile tools to help organizations manage quality, safety, and compliance – in order to make communities better and safer for everyone. We’re working with leading businesses and dozens of government agencies across the country.

How did we end up here? It’s been quite a journey. Along the way, we have drawn inspiration from figures ranging from Thomas Jefferson to Muhammad Ali.

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Topics: CoInspect Updates

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.

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Topics: Legal, CoInspect Updates, Government

The USV Thesis Lesson

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


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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.”

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Government