Damian Mogavero is the founder and CEO of DM Ventures, author of The Underground Culinary Tour and founder and former CEO of Avero.

DM Ventures is a hospitality consulting and investment firm that empowers New Guard Restaurateurs through the use of data-analytics, competitive strategy, industry collaborations, and disruptive innovation.
Mogavero started and grew Avero, the leading restaurant analytics software company to 10,000 restaurants across 70 countries aggregating $24 billion. Avero was recently included in Fast Company’s Top 10 Restaurant Innovations of the past century. 

Named “Restaurant Revolutionary” and “Innovator of the Year” by Cornell University’s Hotel School, Mogavero is leading a movement of New Guard Restaurateurs to dynamically transform the way America eats. From Fortune 500 companies to emerging restaurant brands, Mogavero has had the honor of inspiring hospitality professionals around the globe as well as educating top restaurant leaders through his annual Underground Culinary Tour, which uses New York City as a restaurant laboratory to showcase emerging trends. Described by Bloomberg as the “Data-Dining King” and “right-brain foodie with left-brain MBA” by Fast Company, Mogavero has continued to attract international attention as a sought after speaker and thought leader in the hospitality and tech industries. 

After graduating summa cum laude from La Salle University, Mogavero earned his MBA from Harvard University. Before becoming a restaurant-CFO-turned-entrepreneur Mogavero worked on Wall Street as an investment banker at Dillon, Read & Co.

A passionate oenophile and coffee fanatic, in 2008 Damian passed the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate with distinction in Wine and Spirits in addition to the first part of his Barista certification through Counter Culture.

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Damian Mogavero is the author of The Underground Culinary Tour (Crown Business, January 2017), written with Joseph D’Agnese, and the founder and former CEO of Avero, the restaurant analytics software company based in New York City. Avero aggregates over $24 billion in food and beverage data and helps over 40,000 restaurant operators in 70 countries drive profits annually through the use of intelligent data.  

Prior to founding Avero, Damian was CFO of a New York-based restaurant group, where he witnessed firsthand what happens when chefs and managers simply do not have the right tools to run their operations efficiently. Damian recognized that the restaurant industry needed revolutionary, easy-to-use software that could empower food and beverage operators to make faster, smarter and profitable decisions, while providing outstanding service to their guests.

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Damian hosts the annual Underground Culinary Tour, which educates restaurant leaders on emerging trends, using New York City as a restaurant laboratory.  He speaks to hospitality groups throughout the year on trends among what he calls the New Guard Restaurateurs and their constant innovations.

Mogavero was named Cornell University Hotel School’s Innovator of the Year in 2015, and received the Harvard Business School of NY America’s Entrepreneur Award. Damian regularly speaks at hospitality, food and technology conferences including the National Restaurant Association Show and Dreamforce. He addressed the Class of 2017 at Cornell University Hotel School as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.  

A passionate oenophile and coffee fanatic, Damian passed the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits in 2008 with distinction, and successfully completed the first part of his Barista certification through Counter Culture in 2014. Damian graduated summa cum laude from La Salle University and earned his MBA from Harvard University. Before becoming a restaurant-CFO-turned-entrepreneur, he worked on Wall Street as an investment banker at Dillon, Read & Co.

 
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