Founder & CEO, Planet FWD; former co-founder, Zume
Julia Collins founded San Francisco-based Planet FWD to address two emerging consumer trends in the food sector: a growing interest in climate-friendly food products, and concern for farmland health and the farm owners and workers stewarding it. These themes are manifested though a branded snack line and an ingredients sourcing platform.
In 2015, Julia co-founded Zume Pizza, Inc where she served President. Zume Pizza is a technology-enabled food company whose mission is to make healthier food fast and accessible to every single person on earth.
Based in Mountain View, Zume Pizza has created a team of humans and robots that work collaboratively to create the safest possible environment for food production. Through its investment in automation, Zume Pizza is able to source 100% of its ingredients from local farmers that use sustainable agricultural practices and ethical farming methods. Unlike most food delivery companies, all of Zume’s workers are employees of the company with fully subsidized health insurance. Zume’s pizzas have no added-sugar, and on average contain 40% fewer calories, half the fat and half the cholesterol of competing pizza companies.
As an African American entrepreneur, Julia’s professional focus is on building successful businesses in the food industry that provide great jobs to the communities in which they operate and great food to the people that they serve. After graduating from Stanford Business School, Julia joined Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, working on such brands as Shake Shack where she worked for the company’s future CEO, Randy Garutti.
Prior to founding Zume Pizza, Julia lead the management team of Harlem Jazz Enterprises as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where her team won Best New Restaurant in America in 2014. She is still part of the ownership team that oversees the operation of two restaurants in Harlem: The Cecil, an award-winning Afro-Asian Brasserie and Minton’s an historic jazz supperclub.