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Momentum Machines Overview

San Francisco, CA
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
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 worked at Momentum Machines as a contractor (Less than a year)


    Momentum values their employees as people. They are supportive and willing to provide training to expand team members skill sets even for short time contract workers. Flexible hours, good company culture and a hardworking team. Great lunches and team meals. I enjoyed my time working for them immensely.


    Occasional long hours, noisey shop atmosphere where design stations are located, access to delicious food dangerous to my waistline.

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    Mechanical Engineering Interview

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Momentum Machines in March 2016.


    It was a phone screening interview, took around 30 minutes.
    I applied online, and got notified about the interview schedule after three weeks.
    They were typical behavioral questions.
    Asked me 5-6 questions.
    Interview questions were not really difficult, but I had a problem with communicating in English as I'm an international student..
    He tried to make me feel relax and comfortable. Really nice.

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