MPA16 Finalists: An interview with Munchery’s Nari Shin



In the latest in our series of interviews with our wonderful MPA16 finalists we chat to Munchery’s Nari Shin.

App Summary: Connecting customers with locally sourced chefs who’ll produce fresh, home cooked meals on demand before having them delivered straight to your door. For every meal ordered one is donated to local food banks.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what are your interests?

I born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I always liked math and science when I was young, and had a chance to participate in a Robot Soccer Contest when I was in high school. Since then, I studied math and computer science in college, and now I live in San Francisco as an Android developer.

Who was involved in the building of the app, what were their roles?

I built Munchery’s Android app from scratch and kept adding new features all by myself. We have three iOS developers who work very close with me, and bunch of backend developers did a really good job building all the behind scene of Munchery.

How many users do you now have and where are they located?

Our service is available in SF, Bay Area, Seattle, New York and LA in the US. In company itself, we have about half million users, and 25K users use Android platform.

What are you working on now? Any new additions to the app, or perhaps something new?

I’m currently working on a pretty big project which will allow users to experience an improved menu browsing and educate them to understand our product better.

What would winning the MPA´s mean to you and your app?

First off, that would be super cool! Me and all my co-workers will be really happy, and I would be really proud of myself. Coming from Korea and living in the US wasn’t an easy journey, and I would feel I achieved a really big goal in my life. For Munchery app, I hope we could get a lot of press attention and marketing chances so that we can grow even further!

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