Today I have Raf Peeters who owns his own quality technology company. These guys basically solve problems on the quality control realm of things
Here’s a quick bio on their company
Qcify is a young and dynamic company built by an enthusiastic group of industry experts. For many years our founders have worked closely with food processing companies in the fields of automation and imaging technology.
Our team has bridged the gap between the technological wonders of Silicon Valley and the much needed Quality Control improvements the majority of food processors in the Central Valley and other global food producing areas were waiting for.
Qcify strives to be the leading global innovator, developer and provider of quality inspection solutions that will transform the way our customers and their business partners gather, manage, distribute and communicate quality control information.
By providing digital fingerprints of the produced food, our patented technology (patent pending) and services can be used for quality control, processing line optimization and automation as well as inventory management, among other applications.
Raf’s a pretty awesome dude. We really get into a talk about how technology and food will keep on converging and we’ve only just scratch the surface
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About Raf Peeters
Raf Peeters is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Qcify Inc, a Silicon Valley technology company that strives to be the leading global innovator, developer and provider of quality inspection solutions that will transform the way their customers and business partners gather, manage, distribute and communicate quality control information. By providing digital fingerprints of the produced food, Qcify’s patented technology (patent pending) and services can be used for quality control, processing line optimization and automation as well as inventory management, among other applications.
Raf is also President and CEO of Innova Food Tech, a consulting firm that’s active in the food industry and more specifically food processing equipment.
Prior to this he held the position of Area Sales Manager and Director US Operations at Visys from 2007 to 2013. After relocating for the company from Belgium to California he realized an annual sales of >$4M within 2 years. Due to this expansive sales Visys was able to merge with Key Technology, a Nasdaq listed company, in 2013.
Whenever Raf has time he likes to travel and experience other cultures. This year he’ll be able to check one more thing of his bucket list: visit 40 countries before his 40th birthday.
- Why Raf’s technology makes quality more accurate
- How minimum wage will sprout more technology
- Why Raf goes all in in his ventures
Steps it took to get to where you are today: Graduated as a electronics engineer, service tech in the food optical industry, joined a young startup, then they got acquired, and they started their own
What makes Qcify unique?: 360 degree vision system (most use 2D). It takes the whole inconsistency out of the equation
What’s the best way to convince someone to use your product?: Take it on the road
Let the product do the talking
My Food Job Rocks: It feels like I’m not working. When you’re really passionate, you can overcome everything
Trends and Technology: There is so much data in the food industry and we’ve just scratched the surface in collecting it. There are a lot of people in the food/tech realm and it will take a while for the winners to show.
What’s one thing you’d like to know more about?: Spend more time traveling and closely follow up on trends on different continents
Who inspired you to get into food?: My parents. Also passionate about passionate people
Favorite Kitchen Item: An Oven
Any Advice on how to start a business?: You have to be passionate about it. Also know what your audience wants, Know the basics, do your homework, and go for it
What’s next?: Expand the company, we’re active in 3 countries. Long term: to keep coming up with new technologies.
Favorite Conferences: International Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, Almond conference in Sacramento, California League of Food Processors,