A serial entrepreneur with a track record of creating new business models in food, music, and technology, six-time restaurateur John Litz has a unique vision for the restaurant industry, changing the way people experience casual dining. To elevate food, service, hospitality, and the aesthetic of casual dining creates a new model with the forward-thinking concept, Noosh.
Known for refining industry standards, his strategic vision delivers a novel top tier in the casual dining space with mindful attentive service, value-driven delicious food, friendly, genuine hospitality, and a higher design aesthetic compared to other quick service concepts.
Prior to Noosh, Litz has built a career creating innovative business models with multiple revenue streams spanning restaurants, technology, music merchandising, artist management, live music, publishing and real estate development.
His wide-ranging ventures include: Lazy Bear, San Francisco based two Michelin-star dinner party concept; Thumbkandi, an instant messaging application being the first to market with audio, haptic hand-drawn emojis and partnering with some of the largest international futbol teams and tournaments; Inbred Threads, a niche music merchandiser producing custom work-shirts for national and platinum artists that counted Metallica as its first big client.
In addition to his genetic entrepreneurial gumption, Litz also brought success to the corporate world, turning around two large multifaceted corporate food and music concepts-House of Blues San Diego and Yoshi's SF-while overseeing a team of 18 managers and directors, more that 180 staff members, and $12 million in revenue at each venue respectively.
Litz is an active member of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley's longest running angel investment group. The exclusive Band of Angels is comprised of more that 150 former and current high-tech executives, investing time and money, mentoring, and providing value to new, innovate startups. The Band of Angels reviews more that 1,000 deals per year. In 2018, the Band members invested in more than 22 startups. The Band of Angels has helped seed over 277 companies with 61 profitable M&A exits and 11 Nasdaq IPOs.
John is a proud native of Chicago, holds a degree in Computer Animation and a minor in Interior Design.