Team HappyCow

Our purpose is to make healthy food easy to find and more accessible.
Founded in 1999, HappyCow was created as a public service to assist travelers and people everywhere find vegan, vegetarian, and healthy food. Today, our online community has grown to include members from around the world who are passionate about the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle as a healthy, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable way of living. More than simply a restaurant and health food store guide, HappyCow is an ever-evolving online hub that serves millions worldwide as a one-stop resource for everything VEG.
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Eric Brent Eric Brent, Founder and Director
The idea of HappyCow started in 1997 when I first learned that the only world guide to vegetarian restaurants and vegan restaurants on the internet at that time (now defunct) was no longer being updated. However, I had put the idea on hold until November 1999. I was living in India at that time, and although I wasn't sure exactly how a project like this could be managed, I felt compelled to take it on. As a world traveler who's lived, worked, and visited more than 50 countries, I had encountered much difficulty looking for "safe" food each time I arrived at a new town or city. So, I taught myself html, paid for web hosting, and HappyCow was born. As a 20+ year vegan, having this resource has made eating vegan simple.

Nancy Chen Nancy Chen, Senior Design Consultant and Designer
A New Zealand based, life long vegetarian - Senior designer with experiences of working on major international brands such as Air Zealand, Westpac, Hyundai and Jevic. Nancy is committed to using design for good and with that in mind, she is dedicated in helping out with HappyCow's website design refresh.

Cameron Green Cameron Green, Software Engineer
Cameron resides with his wife Cathy in Brisbane, Australia. Having worked in a variety of professions, he eventually got a Bachelor of IT and went on to do stints at the Environmental Protection Agency, Global Action Plan, The University of Queensland, and Google. Cameron went vegetarian in 1996 influenced by his love of animals and Buddhist philosophy, and then went fully vegan in 2000. Before working with HappyCow Cameron was a devotee of the site, having written a number reviews and being the HappyCow Ambassador for Brisbane. Cameron started one of the largest Vegan social groups in the world, the 3000 member strong London Vegan Meetup and appears in the Vegan Society documsentary Making the Connection. As both a traveler and previous owner of a vegan restaurant he understands what a great service HappyCow is providing to the community worldwide.

Evelyn Hays Evelyn Hays, Listings Editor
Evelyn became a vegetarian in 1987 and evolved to veganism in 1997. She brings to HappyCow a desire to make the world a healthier place and how fitting it is that she is adding restaurants and stores worldwide to our directory. She also bakes vegan, gluten free, and organic desserts in a professional capacity. Massage therapy was her full time occupation for 20 years and now is a part time venture. We are happy to have her working with us; she is a true asset.

Diana and Shanti Diana Hsieh, Editor
Prior to meeting Eric, I had come across the HappyCow site once while searching the internet for a vegetarian restaurant recommendation. Then in 2005 I began to volunteer just a few hours a week to help manage the growing popularity and demand for this service. Through volunteering I've learned some fundamental skills in web management and witnessed what goes on behind the scenes (a whole lot). Presently I assist the team in tasks like editing web content, responding to visitor emails, and producing our monthly vegin' out e-newsletter, MooZine. Playing with children and watching plants grow are my joie d'vivre.

Ashwin Navin Ashwin Navin, Advisor
A friend to HappyCow, Ashwin is presently the co-founder and CEO of Flingo and a founding partner of I/O Ventures; formerly co-founder and president of BitTorrent, where he commercialized the technology, struck monetization and licensing relationships with advertising, media and hardware companies.

Liza Resurreccion Liza Resurreccion, Editor
I've been veg for the past 10 years and have experienced how the vegetarian and yoga lifestyle has been very good for my health and my life in general. During my free time, I love cooking up nutritious recipes which I like to share with everyone, and hope others can benefit from my lifestyle. I'm also an active volunteer for environmental and socio civic projects in my community. I love traveling and visiting veg restaurants in other countries as well.

Rob Rohan Rob Rohan, Software Engineer
Rob discovered plant based eating in 2005, yet in 2011 read the book "Eating Animals" which sparked his journey down an ethical path. He loves to backpack, run, and build crazy things with computers. In 2012, he stumbled upon HappyCow when planning a trip overseas, and found it to be an invaluable resource. Rob is a 15 year startup veteran who has successfully helped build many medium sized startups in the US and Australia. Rob did some modest code contributions to HappyCow in the past, but is now taking a more prominent role in evolving the site. He is very excited to help nurture the happy cow!

Ken Spector Ken Spector, Marketing and Ideas Man
Ken is a fountain of knowledge who is interested in everything life has to offer, from the psychology of business marketing to organic gardening to website/graphic design. He has consulted for or worked in upper management for numerous companies including Microsoft, Hollywood.com, Eco Vision Packaging, and LivingECO.com. He is dedicated to living a vegan, holistic, sustainable lifestyle. You may have seen him zooming through the streets of Los Angeles on his bicycle.

Nate Williams Nate Williams, Content Editor
Shortly after going vegan, I found HappyCow on my smartphone. It has helped me discover so many wonderful restaurants. I started out as a volunteer through the Ambassador program. Communicating and interacting with the other Ambassadors from all over the world is something that I love. I have a degree in psychology and a Master of Social Work and maintain a full time career helping victims of crime. When I'm not working, I enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling, meeting others, running, cooking, and spending time with my loving family. I'm proud to be a part of the HappyCow team.

The HappyCow Cookbook The HappyCow Cookbook: Recipes from Top-Rated Vegan Restaurants around the World
The HappyCow Cookbook shares the history and evolution of over 40 of the highest member-rated restaurants, provides Q&As with the owners, and teaches you how to make some of their mouthwatering foods.

Available May 2014. Pre-order now through Amazon.com.

HappyCow has also benefited from dedicated Ambassadors, members and volunteers, like Irene A., John E., Kenneth B., Lex, Longina, Stevie, and many others.

HappyCow is a free-to-use site, non profit in nature but not 501-c status, and our manpower and resources are, at times, limited. Yet each day, the HappyCow site grows and evolves with continuous flow of positive feedback and contributions from our visitors and members. Together with members, partners, and volunteers worldwide, we have new ideas for the future of this site.

Feel free to read more about us in our interview with Earth Balance (Dec 2010) and with VegParadise (July 2007).

If you would like to be involved, please email us.

We welcome investors and financial support, guest writers and bloggers, sponsors, programmers and graphic artists, and volunteers to help distribute flyers.

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