Toast: Yi Chen


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Yi started his career after Cornell in product engineering at GE Transportation developing self driving freight trains before moving to Boston to attend HBS. While at HBS, Yi decided that he was going to shift from working at a 300,000 person company to a startup called Toast with 4 people working out of a basement in Boston. Yi was drawn to the vision of enriching the food experience for all through the mission of helping SMB restaurant customers by democratizing restaurant technology for all. It so happened that Yi's parents happen to be the ideal customer and was the 7th restaurant to join the Toast platform. This turned out to be both a blessing and a curse since having a direct line to the customer (who are your parents) became extremely powerful and extremely stressful. Today, Yi Chen is the VP of Product at Toast leading the product management & design. Yi joined Toast as a founding team member and has been leading the product organization through the scale Toast from 5 employees to over 1500 employees and from $0 to $2.7B in valuation. Toast is in the top 3 of the fastest growing companies in the US. Toast's mission is to empower the restaurant community to do what they love, delight guests, and thrive.

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