Mo Sloan, founder, EZ-Chow
Sometimes companies emerge from a need for convenience. For Mo Sloan, it started with a penchant for a certain pizza and an easier way to order it. Sloan is the founder of EZ-Chow, a company that provides restaurants with a branded, multi-channel POS integrated API system.
Louisville Future spoke with Sloan about how EZ-Chow came about and his plans for the future.
What is your origin story?
Sloan: It started with my love for BoomBozz Pizza. I ordered their pizza a lot but noticed they didn’t have an online ordering mechanism. So I sent them an email asking if they’d ever considered adding the feature. Boombozz responded that they had looked at integrating their online ordering with their POS system but hadn’t been able to find a solution yet. I explained that I used to work for Papa John’s International and said I would see what I could do.
As I was getting closer to what I thought they could use, Boombozz told me they were going to launch a hot chicken concept called Joella’s and asked to use my platform for that.
So you did the tech behind it?
Sloan: Yes. I wrote the code for the platform. I didn’t really plan on necessarily starting a business. I just kind of stumbled on it.
How was starting the business?
Sloan: I didn’t know what I was doing from a startup perspective. I learned a lot in those early days. I was doing product/market fit but didn’t realize that’s what it was called. I was just bootstrapping in the beginning until it got to the point where I had a business and needed to go out and raise funding.
Why is there a need for a platform like yours?
Sloan: Basically the dilemma we're solving is not so much a technical problem as it is a business problem. We work with multiple merchants in the on-demand space. This is any merchant that sells a product or goods that you want now, either to be picked up or have it delivered. Restaurants were using third-party marketplaces, such as the Grubhub or DoorDash.