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Cherian Thomas


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Cherian Thomas is the Co-Founder & CEO of Spotluck Inc., taking it from a Master’s capstone assignment to the #1 “dining” app on the iTunes App Store. 

In 2013, Cherian co-founded the Georgetown WASTENOT Initiative in Cape Town, South Africa that links poverty-prone areas to local manufacturers through recycling buy-back centers. In 2016, he co-founded Ridecentive--now Play Octopus--a location-based advertising platform for ridesharing vehicles.

Cherian received his M.B.A. from Hood College and Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Recently, Cherian delivered the 2017 Graduate School Commencement at Hood College, becoming the college’s youngest recipient of an Honorary Doctorate since 1893. He’s on the Board of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance and serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the McDonough School of Business. He is an active member of the Board of Associates at Hood College and advises several early-stage companies and non-profits in areas specific to technology, mobile marketing, fundraising and corporate social responsibility.

Cherian commutes to work via his Spotluck green electric skateboard, bringing his equally electric energy to his team. Pop in for a visit at Spotluck HQ and Cherian will certainly issue you a challenge in ping pong, cornhole, foosball, or VR. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Catherine and their son Devassy.

About Spotluck

Spotluck brings dynamic pricing to the restaurant industry, pioneering dynamic discounts that fluctuate based on day, time, and weather. A gamified spin on “deciding where to eat” makes the app fun for users while its proprietary software maximizes restaurant occupancy (and profits) through smart discounts that change. Spotluck has raised ~$10M in venture capital and partners with thousands of local restaurants throughout the East Coast. Spotluck has also been featured on NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, Bloomberg, The New York Times,, MSNBC, and several other media outlets throughout the U.S.
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