Nathan Flatt, a Sacramento mechanical engineer, and Justin Straub, a marketing and business strategy guru, quit their day jobs last year to concentrate full time on BloomBooth, an innovative collapsible photo booth that is picture perfect for event planners (Straub has since sold his share to Flatt). The mobile contraption can be wheeled into a venue on a utility cart and unfolds into a full-size booth equipped with camera, computer and printer. With the ability to run on battery power as well as from an electrical outlet, the booth is adaptable to both traditional and out-of-the-way venues like rooftops and beaches. BloomBooth can be rented for events (accompanied by a photo concierge from BloomBooth) or leased for long-term use at bars, restaurants and other locations. It’s currently available in Sacramento, Napa, San Diego, Indianapolis and Atlanta, with new distribution points to be added by the end of the year.
California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.
Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.