Chuck Templeton is passionate about early stage and emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. He has had the pleasure of being involved with over two-dozen startups as an investor, board member, or advisor, but spends the majority of his time helping impact companies as the Managing Director of Impact Engine.
He took his first big step as an entrepreneur in San Francisco when he founded OpenTable, which went public on the NASDAQ in May of 2009 (OPEN). He helped build an industry leading company that changed the way full-service restaurants manage their top-line growth and diners make their dinner reservations. While CEO, he recruited and hired the first management team, obtained and allocated company resources, led the business and product strategy, and carefully crafted a highly dedicated culture. OpenTable is the global leader in restaurant reservations with customers in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries.
He used that experience to support the GrubHub team as an Advisor and Director. They grew to be a national leader in providing hungry diners with food delivery and take-out options, while also helping independent restaurants use technology to operate more profitably.
Chuck serves as Chairman of the Board for GrubHub and is on the Board of Directors for Getable.com, TaskRabbit, and PVPower.
He spent three years serving in the US Army, becoming Ranger and Sniper qualified. Most importantly, he has an amazing wife and two awesome daughters.
Jun 16, 2014 - Current (over 2 years)
Apr 1, 2012 - Current (over 4 years)
|May 26, 2016||Boston Tech Flash - Investors dish on food-tech startups that tantalize|
|Jan 15, 2016||Chicago Tribue - The Friday Exit: What's ahead in 2016 to shape the future of Chicago|
|Jan 11, 2016||Chicago Tribue - Organic, local, sustainable. But can startups make sure food is safe?|
|Nov 4, 2015||Chicago Tribue - The big money of changing food and agriculture tech|
|Oct 20, 2015||WSJ Blogs - New Food and Agriculture Fund S2G Ventures Launches With $125 Million|
|May 25, 2015||Tech Cocktail - Impact Engine: New Accelerator Opening in Chicago for Social-Impact Startups|
|Mar 27, 2015||Inc.com - What Do Locals Eat? Meet the Company Inviting You to Dinner from Oslo to Auckland|
|Mar 24, 2015||Tech Cocktail - G2.fm Wins midVentures25 Pitch Competition|