OpenTable was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1998 by Chuck Templeton. The company makes reservations at local restaurants for their clients. While the company began with a limited number of restaurants in the San Francisco area, today it has more than 30,000 restaurants and operates out of almost every city in the US, as well as a few large international cities in Mexico, France, Germany, Japan, and Canada.
The company was acquired by PriceLine in June of 2014 and operates as a subsidiary. OpenTable had $190 million in revenue in 2013 and more than 600 full time employees.
OpenTable can be used online or via their mobile phone app. The company states that it provides reservations for more than 31,000 restaurants and has seated more than 15 million customers each month.
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream, known to everyone as simply Ben & Jerry’s, was founded in Burlington, Vermont, in 1978 by two college dropouts, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The pair took a $5 correspondence course on how to make ice cream, took their life savings and along with some borrowed money, opened their first ice cream store in a renovated gas station.
Today, Ben & Jerry’s is one of the largest producers of ice cream in the world. The company was sold to Unilever in 2000. Ben & Jerry’s is perhaps best known for its unusual ice cream flavors, chunky ice creams, and unusual ice cream names, such as Cherry Garcia, Chubby Hubby, and Apple-y Ever After.
The company sells ice cream, frozen yogurt, and frozen ice cream desserts in more than 36 countries in stores, supermarkets, and franchise outlets. To celebrate the company anniversary, the company has a “free cone day” at all locations somewhere between late March and early April every year.