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Christine Marcus, SF '12

Co-founder and CEO, Phoodeez

Christine Marcus, SF '12Christine Marcus, SF '12

When Christine Marcus, SF ’12, left her job as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the United States Department of Energy to pursue an MBA at MIT Sloan, she never imagined that she would emerge one year later as the co-founder and CEO of an online corporate catering company. “I was never thinking about entrepreneurship,” she explains of her mindset when she first enrolled at the School. “I knew that going back to school would have an effect on my career, but I thought it would send me down a much more traditional path, perhaps to an energy company in the private sector.” Instead, inspired by a chance conversation with classmate and restaurateur, Sal Lupoli, MBA ’12, Marcus found herself changing trajectory midway through her year as a Sloan Fellow. Whereas her first semester was spent in finance and management classes, she spent her second semester enrolled in entrepreneurship and technology courses to prepare for the launch of her new company.

Now, Marcus, in partnership with her co-founder Lupoli, is the CEO of Phoodeez, a web-based service intended to streamline the process of ordering catered food for meetings and events. They are currently working to expand their services from the Boston area to Washington, D.C. Although running Phoodeez has consumed her time since her graduation from MIT Sloan in 2012, Marcus has not strayed far from the School. She remains active in the entrepreneurial community at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and makes an effort to mentor and share her experiences with current MIT Sloan students. “It really is a special community,” she says. “When I was a student, people were very open about sharing mistakes and outcomes, and everyone was, and still is, so supportive. That is why I try to stay involved and give back myself now, as an alum.”