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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.