Co-Founder and Managing Partner, ClearGrape LLC &Treasure Brands LLC
Timothy Childs is a serial entrepreneur, super-taster and award-winning innovator whose personal approach to creative disruption champions the deployment of new systems to update archaic industries.
A pioneer in the food+technology space, Timothy is currently co-founder and co-managing partner of Treasure8, a San Francisco-based food innovation and technology company on a mission to solve the nutritional challenges and environmental stresses of a growing global population. Timothy and his team develop, produce and deploy game-changing, delicious food ingredients, processes and products that are healthier for people and the planet. They also create engaging consumer experiences that encourage better food choices.
Timothy is a participant in the Google Innovation Lab for Food Experiences, a global collaborative network for leading thinkers and doers in the food space who apply their knowledge and passion towards imagining and shaping the future of food. He also is the founder of World Headquarters, a 52,000-square-foot collective design, art and innovation lab on Treasure Island, and the co-founder of ClearGrape, an importer and distributor of pisco from Peru.
In 2006, Timothy co-founded TCHO Chocolate in San Francisco. As chief chocolate officer, he was the creative force behind the company’s vision and strategy, including TCHO’s flavor-driven approach to chocolate making and TCHOSource, an innovative project to improve farmers’ livelihoods and generate prosperity throughout the cocoa value chain. Working in partnership with USAID, TCHOSource has become a model for sustainably focused programs in South America and beyond.
Before he brought his Silicon Valley start-up mentality to the food industry, Timothy founded a company that developed machine-vision systems for NASA’s Space Shuttle program. His background in technology is deeply rooted in the pre-web internet and early real-time computer graphics fields. Timothy was directly involved in many early stage internet/computer graphics and virtual reality companies, and co-founded the non-profit, community-building organizations VeRGe and Web3D RoundUP. He continues to embrace these tools in all his businesses.
Timothy is a founding member of the board of Illuminate the Arts—presenting organization of The Bay Lights—and a member of other advisory boards, such as OSC2 and the Ferry Bocce League. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and has been featured in hundreds of print, broadcast and online stories by major media outlets, including The Economist, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wired, Time and NPR.