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Momentum Machines Overview

San Francisco, CA
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
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Less than $1 million (USD) per year
San Francisco-based Momentum Machines combines the culinary arts with engineering smarts to create impossibly wonderful food experiences.

The team’s first device makes gourmet burgers from scratch. These are freshly ground and grilled to your order ... Read more

Momentum Machines – Why Work For Us?

Founded in 2009 and holed up in the gritty part of San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, we’re a small collective of foodies and engineers with decades of robotics and restaurant experience. In the past five-plus years, we’ve solved many difficult engineering and manufacturing challenges, helped each other grow, and built some interesting intellectual property.

Our first device makes gourmet burgers from scratch with no human interaction. These burgers are fresh-ground and grilled to order and accented by an infinitely personalizable variety of produce, seasonings, and sauces. Serving a burger this great at such affordable prices would be impossible without culinary automation.

We’re building an engineering-focused group of analytic and creative individuals. The team consists of roboticists from institutions including Berkeley and Stanford and firms like Tesla and NASA as well as product managers with restaurant experience.

Momentum is advised by some of the top restaurant operators, culinary experts, roboticists, and designers, including the former Head of R&D at Fat Duck.

Alex Vardakostas


Invented hamburger making robot. Was an engineer at STA. B.S. in physics with research in algorithms for quantum computers.




John McDonald 

Founder and Lead Engineer

Background in product/machine design, prototyping and machining. Studied Mechanical Engineering at University of California.




Steven Frehn


Co-founder @Momentum Machines, revolutionizing fast food.

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    I have been working at Momentum Machines full-time


    Excellent group of people, exciting work, freedom to bring new ideas to the company. Momentum is still fairly small (30 or so employees) but is rapidly expanding. The whole company is very much committed to making this a great place to work throughout that expansion. Very flat employee hierarchy so everyone can have input. Loads of learning opportunities. Burgers.


    Could pay a bit more, but they do OK for a startup. Getting a little crowded in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Don't forget what makes this company a great place to work.

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Momentum Machines Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Momentum Machines.


    Applied online, got an email for a phone interview. Pretty standard first phone screen, except with both HR and an engineer simultaneously. Asked about my experience and why I was interested in Momentum. Next was a set of take-home problems. Third round, video call technical interview. Didn't move on.

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