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ChefHangout.com
Chapter Two

Who will be the next owner?

Hello everyone,

We launched ChefHangout.com here on Google+ with great fanfare as a place to take live cooking classes from the comfort of your own kitchen using Hangouts. We accomplished awesome things (covered below) and proved that a magical and delectable experience with repeat customers could be delivered via webcam effectively.

Today, I’m very excited to announce the sale of ChefHangout.com and with great anticipation, I look forward to seeing who the right buyer will be. Chapter two will begin soon as we embark on finding the right company or individual to take it to the next level.

Reason for sale.
My work at ChefHangout was that of creator and builder, visionary and dreamer. It now requires a company or an individual who will bring full time leadership and the resources necessary to realize the fantastic potential that ChefHangout possesses.

Another reason I’m selling is that my primary business, Merger Partners, has become very successful and is growing. We’ve created something new in the investment banking industry, and as a result, very substantial growth is underway and I’m hiring. It requires my full dedication and focus. Therefore,  I cannot devote the time necessary to take ChefHangout to the next level.  

Two Types of Buyers for ChefHangout.com

Strategic buyer - A company
The right strategic buyer could acquire ChefHangout.com and very rapidly scale it to hundreds of chefs teaching thousands of classes. There are dozens of strategic buyers that we’ve identified and will be approaching. There are compelling reasons why ChefHangout is an interesting fit for each one of these companies. Some include +Blue Apron (how about it +Matt Salzberg?) You said that more educational content could be a part of Blue Apron’s future plans. Why not offer some of your meals with a cooking class?), +Sur La Table, +Munchery, +Plated, +Whole Foods Market, +Epicurious, Central Market, +Yummly  …… and even +Helpouts by Google, but I imagine Google will be more interested once an entrepreneur grows the company to over 1,000 chefs. Do you have ideas for companies that would be strategic fits? Please me know.

Entrepreneur
The right entrepreneur can grow the company into a phenomenal destination and would do the things necessary to create a very successful business. As Chef +Adam Massimo Mazzocchetti said, ChefHangout.com should be the first place anyone on the planet thinks of when they want to take a cooking class. I will work with the right entrepreneur to grow the company into a cash flowing success that can either be sold to a strategic buyer or grown through venture funding when certain metrics are achieved. VCs are pouring money into food startups and this one could be very appealing once a larger cash flow stream is maintained and strategic partnerships are formed with bigger brands.

Are you an angel investor who’s intrigued? I know one individual here on +Google+ who is an extremely capable guy and with the right backer, could grow this business dramatically. Let’s connect you two.

The Process
I’ve hired an advisor to lead the effort in selling ChefHangout.com. That firm will field inquiries from here along with our own contacts we are making to prospective buyers.

The process is very simple. After my advisor has conversations with interested buyers, we will schedule conference calls with my advisor and myself, and exchange any confidential and detailed information.

We will assess indications of interest and term sheets from various buyers and choose one during the month of November with a December closing targeted.

Contact Info
Please contact me at JoeSaad@ChefHangout.com and we will respond to inquiries. Feel free to ask questions by commenting here if you like.  There is certain private, proprietary and confidential information that I will not be able to answer publicly, but I’ll certainly address privately with credible buyers.

Stories of Success & Awesome Things

Date Night Investor
A husband and wife bought a date night cooking class with our amazing +Chef Dennis Littley. The couple are friends of mine and twenty minutes after the class, I received a call from John. He was practically giddy! He went on and on about how much fun they had and then dropped the news. He and his wife had saved $50,000 and they wanted to invest in ChefHangout.com. While I didn’t take their investment, it told me a lot. The experience was so much fun and so awesome, that they wanted to immediately invest.

William Burdette from NoSatiation.com
+William Burdette is a podcaster at No Satiation, “a podcast for food nerds”.
After taking a cooking class at ChefHangout.com, he of course did a podcast about it and said, “I left my kitchen kind of euphoric. When people talked about the promise of the internet, 10, 15, 20 years ago, this is what they were talking about.”  

ZAGAT and ChefHangout.com at SXSW
We did a cooking show (photos below) with +ZAGAT so take a peak at the YouTube video of it here: http://youtu.be/hZT_XC79qZE

Here’s How it Works
http://youtu.be/0yBB3vW5ZcY

One Chef. Three Cities. One Family.
This family likes hanging out together. But, separated geographically, it's challenging to meet sometimes. So, they decided to have a private cooking class at ChefHangout.com. They laughed and had fun while making an amazing meal together, and when our chef left after class, they dined together, family to family, face to face. Watch some of it here: http://youtu.be/CJwkEiId868

Great media coverage, including this from +The Next Web
“ChefHangout is a Genius Use of Google+ and Could Actually Make Money”
goo.gl/D7Kga Thanks to +Drew Olanoff for recognizing us!

Happy Repeat Customers
+Jeff Karpinski our number one customer, bought ... well let’s just say, over a dozen classes. When I asked Jeff one day why he bought so many classes given he was already a pretty darn good cook, he said this. “Because I’m willing to try cooking things I never would have tried by myself. With a chef standing with me in my kitchen, I’m willing to try things like tiramisu.”

Master Classes
Ten Classes. One Subject. Be an Expert.
There is nothing else like this in the market, and it serves a need for those who crave deeper culinary knowledge and want more than just one class, but aren’t interested in going to get a formal education in culinary arts. Once completed, the customer gets a ChefHangout chef jacket and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve accomplished a level of expertise in one particular area of cooking.

Our brand age here has over 1.6 million followers
Check it out here: +ChefHangout.com 

Massive thank you to our chefs!
Our chefs inspired me throughout the process of building something great. They signed on before they even saw a website. Our first developer just couldn’t build the sort of site we needed and the chefs hung in there. Our second developer was nothing short of genius as they were able to build things that people to this day, can’t seem to replicate and approach me to buy.

Our chefs motivated me and more importantly, many of them became my friends. Chef +Jake Croston, the popular, handsome and funny chef whose skills should be on TV, +Chef Dennis Littley's wisdom and knowledge proved again and again to be of great value, Chef +Haylee Otto, +Mary Helen Leonard, +Stormy Sweitzer, +Jessica Chiasson Wood, +Jackie M, +Adam Massimo Mazzocchetti, +Jenny Kelley, +Janice Mansfield and many more were all instrumental in building something brand new and unique.

And, a huge thanks to all of you!
There have been tons of awesome relationships built along this path! I’ll never forget the launch day announcement Hangout with +Sarah Hill on the news, a pioneer and trailblazer here for human media, many Hangouts with +Bruce Garber, the co-creator of +Virtual Photo Walks™,  strategy discussions with +Peter G McDermott, +Chris Hill, +Michael Sitarzewski & +Chris Yates and hanging out at +SXSW in Austin with +Amanda Blain, +Daria Musk and so many others. Hangouts with +Laurie DesAutels, +Mike Downes, +Kim Beasley, +Elaine Lindsay, and even superstar +Mark Cuban! I’ll never forget those early creative discussions with +Paul Allen founder of Ancestry.com. I’m grateful for friends from Google like +Loren Groves who was valuable and supportive as we developed ChefHangout. +Vic Gundotra you’re inspiring and thank you for your kind words not long ago in Dallas, +Anne Espiritu your knowledge of PR and marketing is second to none. +Denis Labelle  your insight and wealth of information on Google+ has been massively valuable and the same to +Ronnie Bincer  – hanging out with you in Austin was a blast! +Pelpina Trip what an amazing video you did for our site! +Dan McDermott's  outstanding expertise here has been of great value! You and many more like you have been huge parts of building this, and I’m deeply grateful for each of you.

Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart!

First in social media?
Has any business ever been both launched on a social network and sold there too?

Have you ever seen someone announce the upcoming sale of their business via Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks? +Robert Scoble have you? +Danielle Gould maybe you know? I never have, and nobody I’ve spoken to has but after careful consideration, we thought, why not. :)

Media, please cover this if you deem it newsworthy, +The Next Web, +TechCrunch, +Mashable, +Inc., +Jason Salas, +Amber Mac, +Cali Lewis, +Mike Elgan, +Leo Laporte, and others! :)

Share please
There are oodles of entrepreneurs and companies who might have an interest in buying this business, so please share away. Let’s make history as the first company both launched and sold on Google+!
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 26
Happy National Chocolate Pudding Day!
Happy National Chocolate Pudding Day!
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ChefHangout.com
Mar 1
10 Unique Ways to Serve Poached Eggs for Brunch!

Get the recipes: http://yumm.ly/1mMZZ0j
Photo: Polenta with Spinach, Sausage, & Poached Eggs from The Kitchn
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ChefHangout.com
Oct 11
Pan Seared Chicken Breasts in a Mushroom Cream Sauce

Please join our wonderful chef +Mary Callan in this class that's selling fast. Get your seat while seats remain.

October 15 at 6:00 pm CST.

Click here for more info:
http://www.chefhangout.com/hangout/detail.php?id=406&date=1381878000
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ChefHangout.com
Aug 15
This hollandaise sauce is as foolproof as you're going to get.  As long as you own a blender it will work like a charm. Smooth and flavorful, you're going to be pouring this on everything.  I'm so glad it worked because I was in need of a bolstering breakfast after a tricky start to the day.  

I was drifting off into a contented sleep last night when daughter number three bust into the bedroom,

"Mum" she shrieked "you HAVE (?!) to take me to driver's ed tomorrow morning at 7am!"

"What! Where?" 

As it turned out a good thirty minutes drive from here.

"But that means we're going to have to get up at 6am and I've got up at 5:30am all week driving your sister into NYC for dance camp and it's Saturday morning and lets not forget it's summer and supposed to be restful!" I wailed.

Consoling myself with the thought that once she has actually passed driver's ed she'll be able to drive herself wherever she needs to go, I grumbled myself back to sleep.  6am arrived sooner than I thought possible and after a gallon or so of shockingly strong coffee I stumbled into the car. My daughter sat in the passenger seat glued to her phone, then she groaned, then she looked at me with a horrified expression on her face, then started giggling - GIGGLING!!

"Mum - don't flip out - I got the wrong day, it's starts on Monday!"

So I used the time to make hollandaise sauce from Simply Recipes and a couple of poached eggs. I didn't go for the traditional Eggs Benedict with the muffin and the ham but if you're inclined look no further than here. 




Easy Hollandaise Sauce.

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

10 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 egg yolks.

Melt the butter.

Blend the eggs, lemon juice and salt very well until the eggs have become light in color.

Pour the melted butter in a thin stream, into the egg mixture with the blender on until fully emulsified.

That's it!!

Now I'm off to take my daughter driving!
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ChefHangout.com
Jul 16
Black Bean Falafel Tacos with Salsa and Fruity Avocado Salad

Taught by +Mary Helen Leonard using Google Hangouts, while you cook along with our chef, from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Click here today for details: http://goo.gl/86lWF

First, we'll prepare a delicious fresh salsa made with crisp jicama, sweet corn, and tart lime and tomato.  Next, we'll put together an easy Avocado Salad full of unexpected flavors that will absolutely delight your taste buds. Then, she'll show you how to create delicious black bean patties that you can use to fill tacos, top salads, or stuff burritos.

#cookingclasses   #chefhangout   #tacos  
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ChefHangout.com
Jul 15
In awe of the gorgeous rainbow of colors on this Heirloom Tomato Pizza from +Heather Christothoulou! (Almost) too pretty to eat!



recipe: http://bit.ly/15foJ4r #pizza #heirloomtomatoes #rainbow #colors
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ChefHangout.com
Jul 11
Learn how to cook Cajun style Saturday afternoon!

Here's a great chance to learn from the author of Cajunlicious, +Jessica Chiasson Wood as she teaches this awesome ChefHangout class on Saturday, 1:00 pm CST.

Click here for details: http://goo.gl/bEAsr

If you haven't tried a cooking class in the comfort of your own kitchen, you don't know how much fun you're missing! Give this one a shot!

#cajun   #cookingclasses   #hangouts   #spices  
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ChefHangout.com
Jul 2
Popcorn is beautiful #throughglass   :)
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ChefHangout.com
Jul 1
Have you seen how tech support will be changed forever?

Check out this short video

www.TechSupportHangout.com

+TechSupportHangout
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 22
Calling all Techies!

We're calling on techies, geeks and revolutionaries to be Explorers with us as we build the best place on the planet for face-to-face tech support! Check out our video for +TechSupportHangout!

www.TechSupportHangout.com

#techsupporthangout  
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 20
Calling all Techies!

We're calling on techies, geeks and revolutionaries to be Explorers with us as we build the best place on the planet for face-to-face tech support! Check out our video for +TechSupportHangout!

www.TechSupportHangout.com

#techsupporthangout  
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 20
Calling all Techies!

We're calling on techies, geeks and revolutionaries to be Explorers with us as we build the best place on the planet for face-to-face tech support! Check out our video for +TechSupportHangout!

www.TechSupportHangout.com

#techsupporthangout  
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 12
Teaching another #Homebrewing  class at +denhac this Saturday. While this class will focus on beginners / extract brewing, there will be homebrew to sample! Great excuse to swing by and check out Denver's #Hackerspace .
Learn to Brew w/Karpinski
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 10
Have you tried a cooking class in the comfort of your own kitchen?

Black Bean Falafel Tacos with Corn Jicama Salsa and Fruity Avocado Salad

+Mary Helen Leonard teaches this fantastically fun and delicious class on June 19 at 6:00 pm CST (Chicago Time).

Click here for info: http://goo.gl/iqBFb

Learn to make an amazingly satisfying vegan or vegetarian supper using a few simple techniques.  First, we'll prepare a delicious fresh salsa made with crisp jicama, sweet corn, and tart lime and tomato.  Next, we'll put together an easy Avocado Salad full of unexpected flavors that will absolutely delight your taste buds. After that, she'll show you how to create delicious black bean patties that you can use to fill tacos, top salads, or stuff burritos.
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ChefHangout.com
May 12
Cooking classes in the comfort of your own kitchen.

This soup was inspired by Vietnamese Pho, but instead of being beef based, this delicious soup draw its flavors from mushrooms. 

In this class with our outstanding chef +Mary Helen Leonard:

* Learn a simple soup recipe and discuss the many ways it can be altered with different flavors and ingredients.
* Discover an easy method for creating fresh salad dressings.
* Practice your knife and garnishing skills as we create a beautiful, Asian themed side salad.
* Cook a complete meal of soup and salad, enough to serve four.

Click here for details: http://www.chefhangout.com/hangout/detail.php?id=376&date=1368658800
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ChefHangout.com
May 4
I also do the occasional tech video on my other channel for anyone who is interested in Tech, so please feel free to subscribe. Here is the latest video i have done. I just brought this not long ago and you will be seing the difference in my latest cooking video as im now using this for the audio.

Video link: ZOOM H1 - Unboxing
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 29
This class is filling up fast! Hurry and get your seat!

Do you love Ravioli? But hate buying the frozen stuff?

Too intimidated to try and make it yourself? Fear no more! +Jake Croston will assist you in this fantastic class, as we hand craft pasta, beef filling, and fresh tomato sauce into a dish you will never forget!

You’ll never go back to buying processed, pre-made ravioli after you find out how great tasting, and easy this is. Join us!
Gastropub Series - Agnolotti:Hand Crafted Ravioli by Jake Croston on ChefHangout.com - Cooking Classes via Google+ Hangouts!
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 22
Poke Chops

Didn't feel like smoking the brisket tonight, so quickly I dry-brined hand cut chops w/ fresh rosemary, onion, garlic, and meyer lemon.

Grilled at 450, with smoked corn on teh cobz and asparagus drizzled w/ blood orange olive oil. 

I love spring
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 9
Quick, Easy, and Delicious

In our busy lives, sometimes it is hard to get a second to think about even what to eat! In this class by Chef +Gareth Mark, he shows you an easy and delicious recipe for Oven Grilled Tuna Steak!

Join him on April 20th to see how you can incorporate fantastically tasting foods into an already busy schedule. 

http://www.chefhangout.com/hangout/detail.php?id=384&date=1366495200
Oven-Grilled Tuna Steak by Gareth Mark on ChefHangout.com - Cooking Classes via Google+ Hangouts!
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 5
Caveman Wings

Okay folks, gonna bust out the big guns here soon. I need some super G+ Power to propel me to victory!

Go here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Epicurious/posts
and vote for my name in the comments!!

Here is another shot, showing you why these are called Caveman Wings!

Calling out my G+peeps. I don't usually ask for anything, but just asking for a simple +1 now ;) Sorry for bugging you :)

+Nikki Crome 
+Tiffany Henry 
+Johan Edstrom 
+Jon Madsen 
+Michael McConnell 
+Denise Morgan Kalicki 
+Yllona Richardson 
+Shinae Choi Robinson 
+Jason Salas 
+Jason Joseph 
+Jens Graikowski
+Jenny Kelley 
+Jennifer Field 
+Toni Dash 
+Terry McNeil 
+Kimberly Hayworth 
+Rory Swan
+George Rodenbaugh 
+Dirk Reul 
+Dirk Talamasca 
+Amanda Blain 
+Amanda K Brookhouse 
+Bobbi Jo Woods 
+Billy Wilson 
+Bill Blonigan 
+Allen Johnson 
+Hilah Johnson 
+Deborah Trammel 
+Chef Dadisi Olutosin 
+Chef Adam Massimo 
+Chef MoniQue Shaldjian 
+Ian Dixon 
+Michael Anderson 
+Rodney Pike 
+su ann lim 
+J.C. Kendall 

Thanks for anything you do guys :)
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 5
Triple Pork Fancypants Nachos

I finally have the recipe posted from the other day, full blown!
Triple Pork Fancypants Nachos
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 2
New blog post! I just shared my recipe for Smoked Chocolate Ice Cream on +Mary Makes Dinner. This recipe was the foundation for my entry at this year's Austin Smoke Experiment.

If you were there, and tasted my dish, THANK YOU!! If you couldn't make it, this recipe can help you recreate the magic. 

Recipe: http://marymakesdinner.typepad.com/marymakesdinner/2013/04/smoked-chocolate-ice-cream.html

#IceCream   #recipe   #smoke   #atxfoodex   #foodexperiments   #foodex2013  
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 1
Paella with Rabbit and Artichokes >> http://epi.us/10irGyr
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ChefHangout.com
Mar 26
Why you should buy your kitchen its own iPad.

The Apple iPad is the fastest-growing consumer electronics device in history. But what's it for? Where do you use it?

As a hard-core iPad fan since day one and a certifiable foodie, I can tell you that the kitchen is the single best place to use an iPad. Sure, you can bring your iPad into the kitchen. But you really should buy your kitchen its very own.

Don’t think of it as a needless expense; think of it as the cheapest possible way to transform your kitchen into the futuristic smart kitchen of tomorrow. For less than $600, you can give your kitchen abilities that even the most optimistic futurists never dreamed of. It's a wonderful time to be a gadget-happy foodie.

And the kitchen is a GREAT place to do Google+ hangouts!

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2409030/_trid=c3V6YW5uZWIxMTY7cUBlbGdhbi5jb20/list/Why-Your-Kitchen-Wants-Its-Own-iPad
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ChefHangout.com
Oct 13
 Joe Saad originally shared this post.
ChefHangout.com
Chapter Two

Who will be the next owner?

Hello everyone,

We launched ChefHangout.com here on Google+ with great fanfare as a place to take live cooking classes from the comfort of your own kitchen using Hangouts. We accomplished awesome things (covered below) and proved that a magical and delectable experience with repeat customers could be delivered via webcam effectively.

Today, I’m very excited to announce the sale of ChefHangout.com and with great anticipation, I look forward to seeing who the right buyer will be. Chapter two will begin soon as we embark on finding the right company or individual to take it to the next level.

Reason for sale.
My work at ChefHangout was that of creator and builder, visionary and dreamer. It now requires a company or an individual who will bring full time leadership and the resources necessary to realize the fantastic potential that ChefHangout possesses.

Another reason I’m selling is that my primary business, Merger Partners, has become very successful and is growing. We’ve created something new in the investment banking industry, and as a result, very substantial growth is underway and I’m hiring. It requires my full dedication and focus. Therefore,  I cannot devote the time necessary to take ChefHangout to the next level.  

Two Types of Buyers for ChefHangout.com

Strategic buyer - A company
The right strategic buyer could acquire ChefHangout.com and very rapidly scale it to hundreds of chefs teaching thousands of classes. There are dozens of strategic buyers that we’ve identified and will be approaching. There are compelling reasons why ChefHangout is an interesting fit for each one of these companies. Some include +Blue Apron (how about it +Matt Salzberg?) You said that more educational content could be a part of Blue Apron’s future plans. Why not offer some of your meals with a cooking class?), +Sur La Table, +Munchery, +Plated, +Whole Foods Market, +Epicurious, Central Market, +Yummly  …… and even +Helpouts by Google, but I imagine Google will be more interested once an entrepreneur grows the company to over 1,000 chefs. Do you have ideas for companies that would be strategic fits? Please me know.

Entrepreneur
The right entrepreneur can grow the company into a phenomenal destination and would do the things necessary to create a very successful business. As Chef +Adam Massimo Mazzocchetti said, ChefHangout.com should be the first place anyone on the planet thinks of when they want to take a cooking class. I will work with the right entrepreneur to grow the company into a cash flowing success that can either be sold to a strategic buyer or grown through venture funding when certain metrics are achieved. VCs are pouring money into food startups and this one could be very appealing once a larger cash flow stream is maintained and strategic partnerships are formed with bigger brands.

Are you an angel investor who’s intrigued? I know one individual here on +Google+ who is an extremely capable guy and with the right backer, could grow this business dramatically. Let’s connect you two.

The Process
I’ve hired an advisor to lead the effort in selling ChefHangout.com. That firm will field inquiries from here along with our own contacts we are making to prospective buyers.

The process is very simple. After my advisor has conversations with interested buyers, we will schedule conference calls with my advisor and myself, and exchange any confidential and detailed information.

We will assess indications of interest and term sheets from various buyers and choose one during the month of November with a December closing targeted.

Contact Info
Please contact me at JoeSaad@ChefHangout.com and we will respond to inquiries. Feel free to ask questions by commenting here if you like.  There is certain private, proprietary and confidential information that I will not be able to answer publicly, but I’ll certainly address privately with credible buyers.

Stories of Success & Awesome Things

Date Night Investor
A husband and wife bought a date night cooking class with our amazing +Chef Dennis Littley. The couple are friends of mine and twenty minutes after the class, I received a call from John. He was practically giddy! He went on and on about how much fun they had and then dropped the news. He and his wife had saved $50,000 and they wanted to invest in ChefHangout.com. While I didn’t take their investment, it told me a lot. The experience was so much fun and so awesome, that they wanted to immediately invest.

William Burdette from NoSatiation.com
+William Burdette is a podcaster at No Satiation, “a podcast for food nerds”.
After taking a cooking class at ChefHangout.com, he of course did a podcast about it and said, “I left my kitchen kind of euphoric. When people talked about the promise of the internet, 10, 15, 20 years ago, this is what they were talking about.”  

ZAGAT and ChefHangout.com at SXSW
We did a cooking show (photos below) with +ZAGAT so take a peak at the YouTube video of it here: http://youtu.be/hZT_XC79qZE

Here’s How it Works
http://youtu.be/0yBB3vW5ZcY

One Chef. Three Cities. One Family.
This family likes hanging out together. But, separated geographically, it's challenging to meet sometimes. So, they decided to have a private cooking class at ChefHangout.com. They laughed and had fun while making an amazing meal together, and when our chef left after class, they dined together, family to family, face to face. Watch some of it here: http://youtu.be/CJwkEiId868

Great media coverage, including this from +The Next Web
“ChefHangout is a Genius Use of Google+ and Could Actually Make Money”
goo.gl/D7Kga Thanks to +Drew Olanoff for recognizing us!

Happy Repeat Customers
+Jeff Karpinski our number one customer, bought ... well let’s just say, over a dozen classes. When I asked Jeff one day why he bought so many classes given he was already a pretty darn good cook, he said this. “Because I’m willing to try cooking things I never would have tried by myself. With a chef standing with me in my kitchen, I’m willing to try things like tiramisu.”

Master Classes
Ten Classes. One Subject. Be an Expert.
There is nothing else like this in the market, and it serves a need for those who crave deeper culinary knowledge and want more than just one class, but aren’t interested in going to get a formal education in culinary arts. Once completed, the customer gets a ChefHangout chef jacket and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve accomplished a level of expertise in one particular area of cooking.

Our brand age here has over 1.6 million followers
Check it out here: +ChefHangout.com 

Massive thank you to our chefs!
Our chefs inspired me throughout the process of building something great. They signed on before they even saw a website. Our first developer just couldn’t build the sort of site we needed and the chefs hung in there. Our second developer was nothing short of genius as they were able to build things that people to this day, can’t seem to replicate and approach me to buy.

Our chefs motivated me and more importantly, many of them became my friends. Chef +Jake Croston, the popular, handsome and funny chef whose skills should be on TV, +Chef Dennis Littley's wisdom and knowledge proved again and again to be of great value, Chef +Haylee Otto, +Mary Helen Leonard, +Stormy Sweitzer, +Jessica Chiasson Wood, +Jackie M, +Adam Massimo Mazzocchetti, +Jenny Kelley, +Janice Mansfield and many more were all instrumental in building something brand new and unique.

And, a huge thanks to all of you!
There have been tons of awesome relationships built along this path! I’ll never forget the launch day announcement Hangout with +Sarah Hill on the news, a pioneer and trailblazer here for human media, many Hangouts with +Bruce Garber, the co-creator of +Virtual Photo Walks™,  strategy discussions with +Peter G McDermott, +Chris Hill, +Michael Sitarzewski & +Chris Yates and hanging out at +SXSW in Austin with +Amanda Blain, +Daria Musk and so many others. Hangouts with +Laurie DesAutels, +Mike Downes, +Kim Beasley, +Elaine Lindsay, and even superstar +Mark Cuban! I’ll never forget those early creative discussions with +Paul Allen founder of Ancestry.com. I’m grateful for friends from Google like +Loren Groves who was valuable and supportive as we developed ChefHangout. +Vic Gundotra you’re inspiring and thank you for your kind words not long ago in Dallas, +Anne Espiritu your knowledge of PR and marketing is second to none. +Denis Labelle  your insight and wealth of information on Google+ has been massively valuable and the same to +Ronnie Bincer  – hanging out with you in Austin was a blast! +Pelpina Trip what an amazing video you did for our site! +Dan McDermott's  outstanding expertise here has been of great value! You and many more like you have been huge parts of building this, and I’m deeply grateful for each of you.

Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart!

First in social media?
Has any business ever been both launched on a social network and sold there too?

Have you ever seen someone announce the upcoming sale of their business via Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks? +Robert Scoble have you? +Danielle Gould maybe you know? I never have, and nobody I’ve spoken to has but after careful consideration, we thought, why not. :)

Media, please cover this if you deem it newsworthy, +The Next Web, +TechCrunch, +Mashable, +Inc., +Jason Salas, +Amber Mac, +Cali Lewis, +Mike Elgan, +Leo Laporte, and others! :)

Share please
There are oodles of entrepreneurs and companies who might have an interest in buying this business, so please share away. Let’s make history as the first company both launched and sold on Google+!
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Apr 30
 Franoise Gailhaguet originally shared this post.
Although I've never been to the US and Canada yet (sniff), I enjoy baking #pancakes for breakfast. They are so yummy with maple syrup! Here is a #glutenfree recipe with whole rice and quinoa flours , complete with cane sugar, almonds milk and a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy!

http://www.saveurscroisees.com/2014/04/pancakes/
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Mar 1
 Amanda Blain originally shared this post.
A  Digital Cutting Board - A Chefs Dream Come True

This totally awesome prototype cutting board will tell you how much the food weighs, pull up YouTube or recipes, is washable, and tells you that it is sanitized from food contamination!

Why yes.. I would like you in my Kitchen. Now. Come on Technology now your talking! Make this a reality!

#technology   #food    #gadgets   #cuttingboard   #technologytuesday   #ab  
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Aug 16
We're very excited to be in Lifehacker today!

Here's the excellent article written by +Alan Henry!

#innovation   #cookingclasses   #chefhangout  
Five Google Hangouts You Can Join to Learn Something New (or Have Fun)
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Jul 18
 Janice Mansfield originally shared this post.
Easiest dairy-free chocolate frosting ever!

Trust me!  This is one of those things where once you know your basic techniques, you can vary the inputs and come up with something pretty fantastic.  Whipped dairy-free chocolate ganache made with 2 (count-em, 2!) ingredients: chocolate and coconut milk.

I like to use a coconut milk without added stabilizers - ArroyD is one brand that is fairly inexpensive, and doesn't have added guar or xantham gum. or if you're really ambitious, you can make your own. (but really sometimes, its nice to just be able to pull a tin out of the pantry!)

Use a dairy-free chocolate such as Enjoy Life, which comes in teeny chips so you don't even have to chop! (OR if you're feeling especially indulgent, you can get some bean to bar chocolate (Mast Brothers makes a 2kg bar, Valhrona makes pastilles, and my friends Marisa and Kent produce some great ones under the +organicfair brand)

Heat your coconut milk til it is boiling (you can go a bit hotter on this than you might with heavy cream).  Pour the hot coconut milk over an equal weight of chocolate  ...  1 tin = 400 grams, so simply measure out 400 grams chocolate in a heatproof bowl.

Cover, and let stand 10 mins, then gradually whisk the whole shebang together.  It will get lovely and dark and glossy as you do.

The trick here is doing this ahead of time enough that the ganache cools and starts to become thick and firm-ish before you start to whip it.  On a hot day, I'll cheat and stash in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.  You should get something stable enough to pipe onto cupcakes, or fill the inside layers of a cake (if you do the latter, chill each layer as you go,

#protip   #kitchentips   #dessert   #chocolate   #yourewelcome   
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Jul 15
 Chef Dennis Littley originally shared this post.
If you've never had Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms you don't know what you're missing!  They are little bites of heaven...sigh

Follow the link for the recipe:
http://goo.gl/kHfAu

#zucchiniblossoms   #askchefdennis   #italianrecipes  
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Jul 12
Learn how to cook Cajun style Saturday afternoon!

Here's a great chance to learn from the author of Cajunlicious, +Jessica Chiasson Wood as she teaches this awesome ChefHangout class on Saturday, 1:00 pm CST.

Click here for details: http://goo.gl/bEAsr

If you haven't tried a cooking class in the comfort of your own kitchen, you don't know how much fun you're missing! Give this one a shot!

#cajun   #cookingclasses   #hangouts   #spices  
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Jul 9
Here's your chance to try a cooking class with our wonderful Chef +Mary Callan!

Wednesday evening, July 10 at 6:30 CST (Chicago time)

And, it's only $12 for this magically fun experience so ask your friends to join you!!!

#chefhangout   #cookingclasses   #hangouts  
Pan Seared Chicken Breasts in a Mushroom Cream Sauce by Mary Callan on ChefHangout.com - Cooking Classes via Google+ Hangouts!
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Jul 1
Cooking Classes in the Comfort of Your Own Kitchen

This is going to be fun!

Please join our fantastic chef, +Mary Helen Leonard.

This soup was inspired by Vietnamese Pho, but instead of being beef based, this delicious soup draw its flavors from mushrooms.  Learn to make this easy soup and a simple vinaigrette salad dressing for a fresh, comforting meal that you can make anytime.

Click here http://goo.gl/j5WA9 to check out this class at ChefHangout.com!

#cookingclasses   #chefhangout   #asianfood  
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 30
Cooking Classes in the Comfort of Your Own Kitchen

This is going to be fun!

Please join our fantastic chef, +Mary Helen Leonard.

This soup was inspired by Vietnamese Pho, but instead of being beef based, this delicious soup draw its flavors from mushrooms.  Learn to make this easy soup and a simple vinaigrette salad dressing for a fresh, comforting meal that you can make anytime.

Click here http://goo.gl/j5WA9 to check out this class at ChefHangout.com!

#cookingclasses   #chefhangout   #asianfood  
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 21
 Dan McDermott originally shared this post.
Two GREAT guests on Google Plus Week tomorrow night: +Joe Saad about +TechSupportHangout and +Aaron Tweedie all about his new Kickstarter project!

+Joe Saad of +ChefHangout.com is getting ready to launch a Hangout on Air network for folks looking for tech experts. (Yes, he's looking for "techsperts." And if you have circled me that likely means YOU!) You can find out more at http://techsupporthangout.com/

And I've known +Aaron Tweedie for twenty years. I taught his brother in high school! I am so proud to see he has his first +Kickstarter project for the Man-PACK . More about that here:  http://kck.st/10CgAtc

(I can't wait to learn more about the whole Kickstarter process!)

Hope you'll join us! The show will go live around 8:30 pm Eastern, 5:30 pm Pacific tomorrow (Friday) on Google+ and YouTube Live!

If you missed last week's show, check it out here:  http://bit.ly/10ChfuC

And here's the latest Our Android Week:  http://bit.ly/10ChiGK
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Jun 20
 Joe Saad originally shared this post.
Calling all Techies!

We're calling on techies, geeks and revolutionaries to be Explorers with us as we build the best place on the planet for face-to-face tech support! Check out our video for +TechSupportHangout!

www.TechSupportHangout.com

#techsupporthangout  
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 20
 Joe Saad originally shared this post.
Announcement - TechSupportHangout.com!

I'm proud to announce today that we're launching a new site as a part of HangoutPlanet. TechSupportHangout.com will be the best place on the planet for face-to-face tech support.

The site will feature instant access to trusted techies to solve peoples' tech problems, frugally and fast. We'll do it right here, using Google Hangouts! Our first site launched last year, +ChefHangout.com offers live cooking classes.

#techsupporthangout   #techsupport   #startup   #hangout  
TechSupportHangout.com Launching Soon Using Google Hangouts
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ChefHangout.com
Jun 12
 Chef Dennis Littley originally shared this post.
I'm proud to announce the First Annual (Virtual) Bloggers Conference  July 12-14, 2013.  (please share this post)

Thanks to all my amazing speakers!  +martin shervington +Joshua Berg +Mark Traphagen +Ronnie Bincer +Hilah Johnson +Ryan Hanley +Chris C. Ducker +Autumn Giles +Stephanie Manley +Joanne Ozug +Adam V. Barnes +Taylor Mathis +Naomi Robinson  +Sally Ekus +Kita Roberts +Valerie R. Coffman +Marla Meridith +Cheryl Sousan  and more to come!

Follow the link for the schedule:
 http://goo.gl/hi4CB
#Gplusbloggersconfernce   #gplusfoodbloggerscommunity   #askchefdennis  
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Jun 4
Given all the rage about The Great Gatsby, have you thought about throwing a Gatsby themed party yourself? Here's some great ideas from +Martha Stewart for a Roaring 20's styled event!

#partyideas  
15 Great Gatsby Party Ideas - Martha Stewart Entertaining
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ChefHangout.com
May 9
Have you joined our vibrant and thriving Cooking! Community?

Check it out!

There are places for recipes and lots of great ideas for what you might make next in the comfort of your own kitchen! And, feel free to ask our members questions!
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May 3
 Angelina Croston originally shared this post.
Watching +Jake Croston make some homemade ravioli for a +ChefHangout.com cooking class! I can't wait to eat them!!
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Apr 26
Last year, +ZAGAT teamed up with two of our amazing chefs, +Mary Helen Leonard and +Haylee Otto to produce this live cooking demo at SXSW.

We haven't shared this in a while, so for all you new followers, have a peek.

We'd love to see you in one of our amazing cooking classes soon!

Cooking Classes in the Comfort of Your Own Kitchen
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Apr 15
 Joe Saad originally shared this post.
The prettiest eggs in the world.

I saw this group of eggs today that were home grown from their own chickens.

I've never been more impressed by a group of six eggs. :)
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Apr 8
 Joe Saad originally shared this post.
A healthy disregard for the impossible

Create products 10X better than the competition.

I'm motivated, inspired and take action based on so many of the things that +Larry Page says and does. Read it here: http://goo.gl/8dBU6

I've included several choice excerpts from this article / interview by +Steven Levy from Wired who covers this story exceptionally well.

Page: "It’s certainly not pleasant. But show me a company that failed because of litigation. I just don’t see it. Companies fail because they do the wrong things or they aren’t ambitious, not because of litigation or competition."

Page: "That’s why most companies decay slowly over time. They tend to do approximately what they did before, with a few minor changes. It’s natural for people to want to work on things that they know aren’t going to fail. But incremental improvement is guaranteed to be obsolete over time. Especially in technology, where you know there’s going to be non-incremental change."
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Apr 5
 Epicurious originally shared this post.
Epicurious hung out with 4 people. #hangoutsonairJake Croston, Larry Fournillier, Greg Wright, and J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
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Apr 2
 Chef Dennis Littley originally shared this post.
I just made a sundae with Sour Cream Vanilla Gelato as the base topped with , Maple Candied Bacon, Sweet and Spicy Pecans, Chocolate Dipped Sea Salt Potato chips, Sour Cream Whipped Cream, and a Bourbon Caramel Sauce"   OMG   and I just finished eating it!  Please go to the +Epicurious Page to vote for me, so I can compete in tomorrow's round!

Follow this link to vote:
https://plus.google.com/106968200752753566855/posts/BKuqnXznEEU

I will post pictures and the list of ingredients later tonight
Epicurious - Google+ - Epicurious hung out with 2 people. #hangoutsonair
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 2
CNN interviews the founder of www.ChefHangout.com, +Joe Saad

(It's just 12 seconds so check it out!)

And, here's the longer piece on SXSW Interactive in Austin recently: http://goo.gl/9N9n2

#sxsw2013   #media   #chefhangout   #cookingclasses   #startup  
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ChefHangout.com
Apr 1
 Jake Croston originally shared this post.
Don't forget!

Today, at 4 PM EST, I will be going head to head against an awesome +Epicurious editor in an epic nacho battle!

What kind of nachos, you ask? I will be making an original recipe:

Triple Pork Fancypants Nachos!!!

It's going to be awesome!
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ChefHangout.com
Mar 25
 Joe Saad originally shared this post.
+Ronnie Bincer interviewed me recently during #sxsw2013  as I talk about building something pretty amazing, right here, using Google Hangouts.
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