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David Benzaquen

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Founder & CEO, PlantBased Solutions, a brand management and marketing agency for plant-based consumer products.

Founder & CEO, PlantBased Solutions, a brand management and marketing agency for plant-based consumer products.

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PlantBased Solutions


Tomato Sushi
Muufri, Inc.
Stray Dog Capital
Radicle Farm Company


Founder & CEO PlantBased Solutions June 2012 - present


New School University Nonprofit Management 2007 - 2009
American University Political Science; Women, Public Policy and Political Leadership 2002 - 2006
Horace Mann 2002

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  • • Social Impact

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Sunitha Ramaiah
We worked together  •  President and Creative Director, Manjoor Estate. Previously Founder and President, Bombay Talkie. Princeton grad. Princeton grad.
David is an exceptional brand manager whose integrity sets himself apart from others in the food/beverage business.
Wm. Christopher Kerr
They're my advisor  •  COO, MIXONIUM Group Holdings, Inc. and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, The Humane Society of the United States.
David understands the strategic importance of early adopters, brand management, and the logistical growth requirements of early stage food c ... ompanies.
James Corwell CMC, CHE
They're my current cofounder  •  Executive Chef, self and Executive Chef, the PUC.
For his knowledge and passion about vegetable based foods that will affect change on a large scale
Perumal Gandhi
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Muufri, Inc. and Graduate Facilities Manager, Stony Brook University.
David has a ton of experience in the food industry & he really has a good understanding of all aspects of a company. He's also built a brill ... iant network that he can leverage to bring about faster change.
Brad Szollose
They're my advisor  •  Senior Managing Director, Liquid Leadership Worldwide. Previously Senior Managing Director, Intrepid DM, LLC.. NYU grad.
David has that innate quality of understanding what customers really want, while understanding the nuances of business development and turni ... ng a startup into a stable business.
Mary McGovern
We worked together  •  Managing Director, PlantBased Solutions. Previously Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Porterhouse Advertising & Marketing.
David is an extraordinary source of knowledge and wisdom! He brings great breadth and depth to every discussion of strategy, branding and/o ... r marketing. He is passionate about plant-based products, and knows more about that market and those consumers than anyone in the industry. His vast network of early-stage start-ups makes him an exceptional resource for entrepreneurs and investors.
Veronique Even
We worked together  •  Senior Brand Manager, VALRHONA. Previously Marketing Consultant, PlantBased Solutions.
David is one of the most trustworthy and committed person I have ever met. He is incredibly talented when it comes to identifying business o ... pportunities and building strong and authentic relationships with partners, may they be colleagues, clients or friends. I am fully confident that, based on the above and his extensive experience as a successful entrepreneur that he would be a resourceful advisor.
Angie Sagnelli
We worked together  •  Regional Marketing Manager - East, KeVita. Previously Field Marketing Manager - New York City, gardein™.
I have known David in a professional capacity for almost three years, which has also grown into a valuable personal friendship. David is a ... smart, intuitive, and passionate leader. He and his company, PlantBased Solutions, have been instrumental in increasing gardein's presence in the Northeast. I would recommend David and his team without reservation.
Mike Seeger
Vice President of North American Sales, Tribe Mediterranean Foods. Previously Founder, Flayk.
David is a great advisor because he possesses the right balance of expertise and objectivity. He has advised me with sound guidance without ... his bias steering the outcome.
Lisa Feria
We worked together
David is very well networked, highly professional, responsible and very smart. We consider him a key partner as we developed the fundamenta ... ls for our company and our brand. He would be an asset to anyone -as a mentor, advisor or partner.

Derek Denckla
They're my friends  •  Founder and Director, Food + Enterprise and Advisory Board, Egg Restaurant. Columbia University in the City of New York grad.
Derek is incredibly knowledgeable about a wide range of topics, including local farming, small food ventures, mission-driven investing and r ... eal estate. He is an avid connector and shares his expertise with others with generosity and humility. He is a strategic visionary. He is one of the first people I think of when I meet entrepreneurs who could benefit from mentorship in the food movement.

Jennifer Love
We worked together  •  Business Navigator/CEO, Entrepreneurist and Advisor & Partner, Loliware.
Jennifer Love is an experienced serial, entrepreneur and advisor to some of the most cutting edge CPG companies. She is passionate about hel ... ping others and has learned how to navigate starting, funding, and running a successful business from the ground up.