Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Seo.
Hi Kevin, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I wish my entrepreneurial story was super exciting. I wish I was braver and took the crazy leap earlier like many successful people I have met in my journey.
But that’s just not my story.
I didn’t leap nothing haha! It was like a slow crawl if anything.
I spent 9+ years at Fortune 500 companies to start-ups climbing the corporate ladder. Starting with your “white picket fence” dream of making it into college, getting that management training role and moving all the way up.
I had a corporate car, a company expense car, a comfortable six-figure salary. I even traveled to Hawaii twice a year on the company dime. Yup, that was me. Miserable.
Sorry to anyone I offend, the money wasn’t enough, the titles meant nothing. Something about this life wasn’t for me. I just wasn’t living. I chased titles and stability and when I got it I realized I was just living for me.
So it started with a yearning to learn, grow and change. I learned how to sell and buy online. Starting with flipping Coach bags to selling my own products on online marketplaces. Which lead to finally opening my own import, export logistics business, to pivoting to media and food, to opening my own food concepts, to events and entertainment and finally today as the co-founder of the first NFT Restaurant group Food Fighters Universe.
During the past few years, the two most important people I met were my business partners, Andy Nguyen and Phillip Huynh. It started with a simple idea, create a fund to build amazing food concepts and bring them to life! Which let us down a rabbit hole and ended up in the world of NFTs and Web3.
Once we learned about the technology and the ability to create unique food experiences, utility and connection with communities I immediately changed everything I was doing in my life and dove right in.
Long story short as we started this journey to build something the world has never seen, we built the first NFT restaurant with Bored and Hungry in Long Beach California. We utilized our Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT and themed our restaurant around crypto payments and token gating.
By being the first to do anything, opportunities will come flooding!
Quickly are team started to grow and now we have been blessed with strong partners and we are becoming one of the fastest-growing companies in the Food and Beverage industry, with partners like Snoop Dogg, Champ Medici, Bun B, Baron Davis and Spottie Wifi.
Food Fighters Universe is the world’s first NFT Restaurant Group, and as it’s supposed to sound weird because it’s new. We strive to innovate, bring cultures together and hope to save the restaurant industry.
Look forward to our upcoming brands Champ Medici’s Bored Taco and Dr. Bombay’s Sweet Exploration. I can’t wait to eat with everyone!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Creating a lane in a brand new industry is scary. No one really knows what you’re doing or even understands it. NFTs and Blockchain technology is seen as too new, unstable and risky. So we are constantly scrutinized, and it feels like people are waiting for us to fail.
For those that are watching, keep watching because we’re not going anywhere.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Food Fighters Universe?
Food Fighters Universe is the world’s first NFT Restaurant Group. We are funded through a community that purchased our digital assets and funded our future restaurant brands we create under our umbrella.
As a holder of Food Fighters NFT, you share guided governance in our restaurant decisions, like location, design, chefs, menu and beyond.
You get extensive access to all special events revolving our food brands.
You get free access to our Food and Music festival filled with other discounts and line hoppers.
Access to our Hidden restaurants, where we highlight award-winning chefs globally.
You belong to a world-class community of foodies and Web3 fanatics that want to build with us, the oncoming change to the current world through food and community!
Who else deserves credit in your story?
I move at the speed of my relationships. So starting with my mother’s incredible entrepreneurial work ethic of raising two children on her own while running a small business, to my mentors that taught me to find crazy ideas and invest in myself and just go for it. I would like to give gratitude to my peers that push and challenge me every day.
As a father of two crazy boys, my wife is my anchor in all that I do, without her I would not be able to pursue my passions, and I feel blessed every day that I get to share my talents with my communities and with my family.
Finally my two business partners and their families that have to sacrifice their time and energy as we continue to build things that will change the face of our industry and eventually the world.
- Website: www.foodfightersuniverse.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekevinseo/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thekevinseo