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Momentum Machines Overview

San Francisco, CA
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
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 (More than a year)


    - Even if it's Day 1 on the job for you, your feedback is valued.
    - Humble coworkers who are extremely helpful at any area of the company that calls for improvement.
    - The company promotes a culture of learning and puts in the resources to support it. There are also a lot of mentorship opportunities.


    - We've had to become creative with the space since we're growing fast.

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    This has been one of the most open, creative environments I've been apart of with a group of people who have a great rate of follow-through. I hope we can keep it going as we expand.

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Momentum Machines Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Momentum Machines.


    Applied online and received an email from the internal recruiter to schedule 30-45min phone screen. The phone screen consisted question about my resume, such as leadership, working independently, stress situations and situational questions. Overall it went well and I was moved to the next stage of interviews with a senior engineer. The interview with the senior engineer was average, but I felt like I was being probed for free consulting advice during the later parts of the interview.

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