Amplify Your Business


Episode 191: The Public Food Hub Co.

Featuring Ken Bautista of The Public Food Hub Co.

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For Episode 191 of Amplify Your Business, we’re joined by Ken Bautista, the co-founder of the Public Food Hub, and founder and co-partner of Makespace. The Public combines the community of farmer’s markets with the innovation of drop-shipping to bring delicious food makers and mixologists into industrial kitchens where they can make their wares and food lovers can come to get their favourite dishes or brands. It’s a small food hub for those who want their favourites but don’t want to have to trek all the way downtown to a restaurant. 


In short, The Public is a Facebook marketplace or Etsy for makers. Through a combination of physical retail spaces, neighbourhood pickups, and popup markets, The Public is helping more than 400 brands reach a growing community of customers.

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00:00 - Intro 

01:18 - What are three things that every entrepreneur needs to know?

05:20 - Do you have any advice for new entrepreneurs about how they can balance having hope but also understanding the math of entrepreneurship?

07:21 - Can you tell us a bit about the problem that the Public Food Hub is trying to solve?

10:22 - What is the makeup of these food hubs?

13:31 - Is all of this done through a centralized ordering application?

16:25 - This seems like a way for these makers to move into new locations and consumer demographics without having to physically open new locations.

20:42 - How does the Public Food Hub fit into the broader Makespace initiative that you have?

24:23 - Where do you find this limitless energy to constantly be boosting the entrepreneurial community, and where do you get your inspiration?

28:34 - With all of the experience you have, what’s easier for you now than it would have been in the earlier days of your entrepreneurial journey?

31:27 - Do you get bored easily? Or is it just that you have this curiosity and desire to learn?

34:04 - What does success look like to you?

36:59 - If your wife were to describe you as an entrepreneur, how would her description of you be different than that of one of your co-founders or collaborators?

40:59 - If you had the ability to send a letter back in time to your pre-entrepreneurial self, what would it say?

44:41 - If any of our audience wanted to connect with you, how could they go about doing that?

45:27 - Outro

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