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JULIE ANN FINEMAN


Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Sustainability Officer

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JULIE ANN FINEMAN


Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Sustainability Officer

After 30 years as a professional photographer, shooting ad campaigns and editorials for the entertainment industry, I was compelled to embark on a new journey.   I craved something very different, challenging and to my surprise, life altering.  I had the good fortune of landing an internship at Rainbeau Ridge, a year round produce and goat cheese farm in Bedford Hills, New York.  Suddenly, I was part of a whole new world, the local progressive food scene a la Michael Pollan.   It wasn’t long before I was learning organic farming, developing husbandry skills and making award winning goat cheese that I sold weekly at local farmers’ markets, delivered to restaurants and traditional markets.  I was hooked.

While the experience at Rainbeau Ridge was very special, I grew quite aware of the incredible amount of food not sold during peak season, and it was upsetting. This waste was due to a lack of time and manpower for cold call selling to restaurants and markets, let alone making deliveries to the food bank a few miles away.   

Another thorn was learning of a few restaurants that occasionally purchased the goat cheese and “eco-fibbed” featuring the prized cheeses on their menu for months. Unfortunately this was and is a prevalent problem across the nation.

Grabbling food waste, hunger and eco-fibbing are anything but appealing.  But, as a problem solver, this inspired me to do something about it.  And there was no time to waste.  Peak Plate was created for farmers to efficiently move product, and for innovative chefs and passionate diners demanding transparency and outright clean food.   The embodiment of getting sustainable food in a way that guarantees trust and transparency while supporting chefs and sustainable farmers, ranchers, fishers, specialty food purveyors and food banks, is our mission.   

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SERDAR COPUR


Founder, Chief Product Officer

SERDAR COPUR


Founder, Chief Product Officer

Over the last three decades, I’ve had a very fortunate career in digital product development, beginning at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Through the mid to late 1990s, I developed simulation games like SimCity and The Sims at Maxis Software and Electronic Arts, under the incomparable Will Wright. That led to a chance meeting with the great Steve Jobs, which resulted on my work through the mid-2000s on film industry applications at Apple Computer, during which time my team won an Emmy Award for Final Cut Pro.

Despite this success, the call to making games was just too strong, and I returned to game design with the talented folks at Cryptic Studios, helping to build City of Heroes, the premier superhero massively multiplayer game. My growing excitement for online games opened up an opportunity to work with the legendary John Romero at Gazillion Entertainment, developing free-to-play online games. As the newest generation of mobile games began to captivate the industry, I joined Tapulous, a mobile game trailblazer that was revolutionizing the music game genre on mobile devices with Tap Tap Revenge. I helped grow the startup through its sale to The Walt Disney Company and took on the role of Disney Mobile’s Studio Head in Palo Alto.

In order to learn and grow into the mid-2010’s, I said YES to every interesting opportunity that crossed my path. As a result, I’ve been helping build everything from casino games, to apps for students, to virtual reality products. No project is too small or too challenging. I believe that we are on the verge of doing something really meaningful at Peak Plate and I can’t wait to share it with the world.