Empower our customers in the restaurant industry throughout the world to realize their full potential.
Deliver the best-in-class restaurant technology platform and services that are innovative, intelligent, and reliable.
We listen, we care, we serve.We care about our customers because they are central to what we do.
We trust and respect each other.We are respectful in our interactions and assume good intent.
We innovate to constantly improve.We are best in market because we are curious and creative, and we invest in tomorrow’s future.
We create a healthy and optimistic work environment.We are intentional in taking care of our people.
We leverage diversity as a core strength.We embrace our differences knowing they make us better.
We are our word.We do what we say, and we say what we’re going to do.
Lavu is headquartered in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the beautiful American Southwest. Our headquarters are literally on Route 66, which brings a sense of both history and progress to our surroundings.
Being in Albuquerque gives us a Wild West spirit. We like to think we bring that to what we do: Like our predecessors here, we break the mold. We are pioneers and innovators. We were the very first restaurant point-of-sale system for the iPad in the App Store, and since then, we have grown tremendously to become the largest mobile point-of-sale system for restaurants in the world.
Our growth started with an aha moment. While tech entrepreneurs Andy Lim and Corey Fiala were eating dinner at a restaurant one night, they noticed how frustrated the restaurant owner was with his point-of-sale system. Lim and Fiala realized that existing POS options didn’t meet restaurant needs—and they could build one that would. Andy Lim founded Lavu in 2010, naming the company after his son’s pronunciation of “Lav yu, daddy.”
When Lavu launched, it offered restaurants a totally new POS solution: one you can hold in your hand. Our innovation quickly caught on, and in just a few years, we have expanded into 80+ countries on 6 continents. You can use a Lavu POS everywhere from Slovakia to Mauritius.
Since our founding, we have achieved several milestones:
In 2015, Lavu received a $15 million investment, the largest Series A venture investment in New Mexico state history. Aldrich Capital Partners bestowed the investment, with Aldrich partner Mirza Baig noting that “Lavu is a best-of-breed solution in the mobile POS space,” letting restaurants be completely focused on their unique needs.
In 2016, Lavu announced a partnership with PayPal that would provide establishments with industry-leading rates. Since then, restaurants have saved thousands of dollars in transactional costs.
Also in 2016, Ohad Jehassi was named president of Lavu, bringing with him years of experience in the tech industry. Our workforce doubled in the span of 12 months and continues to grow. (Interested in joining the Lavu team?)
Where do we go from here? The answer is simple: more growth, more innovation, and more empowerment of restaurateurs to grow and innovate in turn.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mirza Baig, the founding partner of Aldrich Capital Partners, joined Lavu in 2015. He is a dedicated investor in technological innovation, having previously been involved in scaling operations and growing sales at numerous tech and healthcare companies.
As a co-founder of Imaging Advantage, Legal Advantage, and Tech Fetch, he built these companies from zero revenues and fewer than 10 employees to well over $100 million in revenues and over 500 employees globally. Previously Mirza held executive positions in investment and financial management at AOL Time Warner. He serves as a board member for the Young President Organization of Northern Virginia, Medicaid of Virginia, and Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Mirza is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School; he received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell.
Andy Lim is the co-founder and former CEO of Lavu. He started Lavu in August 2010. Currently he is the founder and CEO of AddMi, a business-networking app. Previously Andy was the founder and CEO of Lim Web Design, a web design agency based in Albuquerque. Andy serves on the Board of the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation and the Alumni Council Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of New Mexico.
Corey Fiala is a co-founder and former CTO of Lavu. After starting his career developing content management systems and touch-screen museum kiosks, Corey started a database and web consulting business called Meyerwind. Shortly after, he co-founded Event Rental Systems, a SaaS software for rental companies. He later teamed up with Andy Lim to start Lavu in 2010. Corey currently serves on the Lavu board, and he is also an Event Rental Systems board member. When not working in the software field, Corey enjoys hiking, skiing, and playing guitar and/or drums with his band.
Ohad Jehassi has over fifteen years of international product-centric general management and marketing experience. He has launched four start-ups and been the CEO or founder of three, leading the rapid growth of digital media, marketplace, and marketing services businesses. Throughout his career, Ohad has focused on technological innovation and entrepreneurship: He has served as Operating Advisor to Aldrich Capital Partners, President of Marketflex, CMO and COO of AnyClip, CMO of Takkle (sold to Sports Illustrated and Alloy Media), and Director and COO of Interactive Marketing at America Online, among other industry-leadership positions. Ohad graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard Business School. He is a business mentor with Endeavor and serves on the executive committee of the New World Symphony.
Director of Technology
As Director of Technology, Gerone Conyers’ mission is to grow a high-functioning technology organization through innovative rapid development, while implementing practices that foster stability, scalability, and ease of use. Gerone has more than 20 years of experience in software and product development, solutions architecture, and enterprise IT operations within retail POS applications, as well as in healthcare software, insurance, and financial systems. His titles have included VP of Technology at Tillster, CTO at Nxpoint Solutions, and Lead Electronic Engineer and QA Analyst at NCR. Gerone is from Stone Mountain, Georgia, and he enjoys golfing and building custom classic cars.
Director of Sales
Steve Brown has been a key Lavu player since day one, having founded the first Lavu resale partners, Zephyr Hardware and Table Talk Technologies. As Director of Sales, Steve is responsible for the inside sales, outbound sales, reseller channel and deployment teams. He also works directly with many Lavu chain and enterprise accounts. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Steve previously worked at Savoy/Brown Food Service Consultants and co-founded CuliQuip, a nationwide food-service equipment supply company. He’s an avid snowboarder, hardcore lacrosse fan, and, above all, a family man.
Director of Customer Care
Dan Klein started his career in hardware, and he switched to software about 15 years ago. For the past decade, he has worked in client services and customer success and care, most recently as VP of Operations and Client Services at Melita Group. Before that, he was an executive in the Customer Success Department at CA Technologies. Dan, a Seattle native, enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants and breweries, renovating historic homes, and rooting for the Cowboys.
Director of Human Resources
Prior to joining Lavu, Pamela Moore was a licensed mental health counselor at Turning Point Recovery Center in Albuquerque. She has also worked in project management, general management, and engineering. She has a master’s certificate in human resources management, an MA in counseling, and a BS in industrial engineering. Pam’s engineering and managing career began at Intel in Arizona. A New Mexico native, Pam loves spending time with her family and is a voracious reader of books.
Director of Product
Robbie Knutson-Ratto has run product teams at numerous companies in and around Silicon Valley. She brings extensive knowledge of SaaS and mobile software to Lavu, as well as a versatile background in product vision, strategy, and execution. Robbie was most recently VP of Product Management at Revel and has also held senior-level positions in Product Management at OpenEdge, SugarCRM, CA Technologies, and Niku Corporation. When she’s not coming up with new features, Robbie spends her time training for marathons by running along the Rio Grande.