Team Tock

We are an extremely passionate group dedicated to changing the world of restaurants. Maybe that sounds crazy but we've amassed a team capable of making it happen.

Tock Office Chicago, IL


Nick Kokonas
Nick Kokonas
Founder and CEO

Nick brings domain expertise and 20+ years of founders level entrepreneurial experiences across several industries. Nick spent a decade as a founding partner in a proprietary derivatives trading firm specializing in equity, currency, and yield-curve options and futures. Pricing and market discovery is in his DNA. He began investing in internet start-ups in 1996. Nick Co-Owns the Alinea Group which he co-founded in 2004. 5 Restaurants, 350+ employees, 4 Michelin Stars. 12 James Beard Awards. 2 Award winning books. Awards: Alinea: 5 times named Best Restaurant in the US. Next: Best New Restaurant in the US 2012. The Aviary: Best Bar in the US. And lots more.

Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick
Founder and CTO

Brian Fitzpatrick has over 20 years of experience building and running software engineering teams. Prior to joining Tock he started Google's Chicago engineering office, conceived and launched several key Google policy products, and acted as a spokesperson for the company. Fitz also led teams at Apple, wrote several books on software engineering and collaboration, and is a longtime member of the Apache Software Foundation.

Steve Bernacki
Steve Bernacki

Steve studied business administration and art history at The University of Michigan. After graduating in 2006, he moved to Chicago to join Bain & Company as a management consultant. While at Bain, he took advantage of the externship program to work for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group in New York City. At USHG, he fell in love with the hospitality business. In 2009, he joined The Alinea Group as its first business team member. Since then, Steve has built The Alinea Group’s business team to 16 members. He is now a partner in The Alinea Group and serves as the CFO for both The Alinea Group and Tock.

Jeff Kaplan
Jeff Kaplan

Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer at Tock, Jeff Kaplan spent 15 years as CEO of two highly profitable data analytics SaaS companies, where he successfully built and led the teams responsible for sales, marketing, and account management. After spending the early part of his career with GE Capital and Audience Science, Jeff went on to become the Chief Strategy Officer of ZirMed, Chief Executive Officer of MethodCare, and President of Apollo Data Technologies.

Emily Groden
Emily Groden
General Counsel

Emily Groden serves as Tock’s General Counsel. Prior to joining Tock, Emily practiced private equity and mergers and acquisitions at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She spent the early part of her career as an litigation consultant at Analysis Group, Inc. Emily graduated cum laude from both Yale College and Harvard Law School.


Born in the late Cretaceous period of the late-early Internet, Otee once roamed the hospitality hills and valleys uncontested. The bigger they come, the harder they fall. Otee now stands proudly in the Tock offices, a reminder that we are all one comet away from extinction.

Hospitality advisors and investors

Tock’s mission is to provide amazing, innovative software to the restaurant and hospitality industries. We’re proud that some of the best chefs, restaurateurs, and industry professionals have chosen to not only work with us to make Tock great, but also invest personally in our efforts.

Chef Grant Achatz
Chef and Co-owner, The Alinea Group
Chef Thomas Keller
Chef and Proprietor, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group
The Melman Family
Owners, Lettuce Entertain You
Chef Ming Tsai
Restaurateur and Host, Simply Ming
Chef Andrew Zimmern
Restaurateur and Host, Bizarre Foods
Gavin Kaysen
Chef and Owner, Spoon and Stable
Phil Rosenthal
Host, I'll Have What Phil's Having

Institutional investors

Tock is proud to be working with innovative venture organizations.

Valor Equity Partners
Venture Capital Firm
Origin Ventures
Venture Capital Firm
Chicago Ventures
Venture Capital Firm
Hyde Park Venture Partners
Venture Capital Firm
Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Venture Capital Firm
Salesforce Ventures
Venture Fund

Individual investors

We are pleased to have an amazing group of individual investors that we rely on for critical ideas, advice and feedback.

Matt Maloney
Co-Founder & CEO, GrubHub
Richard Thaler
Professor, University of Chicago
Jason Fried
Founder and CEO, Basecamp
Keith Shapiro
Chairman and CEO of Karlov Street Capital
Amanda Lannert
CEO, The Jellyvision Lab
Dick Costolo
Former CEO, Twitter
James L Brooks
Director, Producer, and Screenwriter
Howard Tullman
CEO, 1871 Managing Partner, High-Tech Investment Partners
Kimbal Musk
Co-Founder, The Kitchen Community Board Member, Tesla, SpaceX, and Chipotle Mexican Grill