Shelf Engine

Shelf Engine is on a mission to reduce food waste through automation.

Founded 2016
51-200 employees
  • Hardware, Internet of Things, & Electronics
  • Food & Drink
  • Analytics & Business Information
  • Headquarters address
    720 3rd Ave, 8th floor, Seattle, WA 98104
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    Founding Story of Shelf Engine:

    There’s got to be a better way... Stefan had discovered the problem of food waste first hand while running Molly's, a grab & go food company he started in 2009. By 2014, Stefan had grown the company to over 400 regional retail locations. But ordering accurately proved to be challenging, as growing Molly’s food waste was at 28% and was eating into their bottom line.

    Hungry for a better solution, Stefan talked to his friend (and co-founder) Bede Jordan about the problem. At the time, Bede was working at Microsoft as the HoloLens Principle Software Engineering Lead. With Stefan’s actuarial science background and Bede’s engineering brilliance, they were able to build a model and app to considerably improve perishable food forecasting.

    The result? Cutting Molly’s food waste in half, down to 13%. In 2016, Stefan and Bede quit their day jobs to launch Shelf Engine—with the mission of transforming the food supply chain by helping grocery stores reduce waste and increase sales through intelligent forecasting. They were fortunate to have funding since day one, thanks to Initialized, Liquid2, and the Founders Co-op.

    Today, Shelf Engine is managing orders for the best grocers in thousands of stores nationwide. Drastically increasing their customer’s profits by eliminating shrink and out-of-stocks.****

    Tech stack

    C#, TypeScript, Azure, MSSQL Server, AngularJS, ASP.NET, Entity Framework


    Compensation and retirement

    Our compensation structure consists of base salary, equity in the form of pre-IPO stock that vests over a period of four years with a one year cliff, and benefits. We also offer 401k although we don't match (yet).
    Stock Options
    Commuter assistance plans

    Health and wellness

    We're an early-stage, series-A startup that's putting a lot of emphasis on the well-being of our most prized asset, our employees. We cover 100% of our employee's premiums and recently, we've added 50% premium-coverage for dependent care along with the addition of FSA.
    Health insurance
    Dental insurance
    Vision insurance
    Life insurance
    Disability insurance
    FSA (Flexible Spending Plan)
    On-site fitness center

    Vacation and time off

    We have a culture of accountability, autonomy, mutual respect, and teamwork. We also have a results-oriented work environment and trust you to manage your work in a way that works best for you, in partnership with your manager and colleagues.
    Unlimited time off
    Paid holidays
    Flexible working hours
    Work from home flexibility
    Maternity benefits
    Paternity benefits

    Personal development

    Job training