Empower restaurants to do more of what they love. With solutions that work.
Lavu is headquartered in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the beautiful American Southwest. Our headquarters are literally on Route 66, which brings a sense of both history and progress to our surroundings.
Being in Albuquerque gives us a Wild West spirit. We like to think we bring that to what we do: Like our predecessors here, we break the mold. We are pioneers and innovators. We were the very first restaurant point-of-sale system for the iPad in the App Store, and since then, we have grown tremendously to become the largest mobile point-of-sale system for restaurants in the world.
Our growth started with an aha moment. While tech entrepreneurs Andy Lim and Corey Fiala were eating dinner at a restaurant one night, they noticed how frustrated the restaurant owner was with his point-of-sale system. Lim and Fiala realized that existing POS options didn’t meet restaurant needs—and they could build one that would. Andy Lim founded Lavu in 2010, naming the company after his son’s pronunciation of “Lav yu, daddy.”
When Lavu launched, it offered restaurants a totally new POS solution: one you can hold in your hand. Our innovation quickly caught on, and in just a few years, we have expanded into 80+ countries on 6 continents. You can use a Lavu POS everywhere from Slovakia to Mauritius.
Since our founding, we have achieved several milestones:
In 2015, Lavu received a $15 million investment, the largest Series A venture investment in New Mexico state history. Aldrich Capital Partners bestowed the investment, with Aldrich partner Mirza Baig noting that “Lavu is a best-of-breed solution in the mobile POS space,” letting restaurants be completely focused on their unique needs.
In 2016, Lavu announced a partnership with PayPal that would provide establishments with industry-leading rates. Since then, restaurants have saved thousands of dollars in transactional costs.
Where do we go from here? The answer is simple: more growth, more innovation, and more empowerment of restaurateurs to grow and innovate in turn.
Saleem has a “founders mentality”, with a track record of working with high-growth software companies. He is a rare breed of someone who is both a hands-on leader and a strategic visionary and brings with him a myriad of inspiration, technical acumen, and a passion for our products, services, and customers. Prior to Lavu, Saleem successfully launched software and hardware products at start-ups via Y Combinator and managed a $79 billion investment portfolio on behalf of the United States Department of the Treasury. Saleem earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor.
Steve Brown has been a key Lavu player since day one, having founded the first Lavu resale partners, Zephyr Hardware and Table Talk Technologies. As Vice President of Sales & General Manager of Albuquerque Corporate Offices, Steve is responsible for the inside sales, outbound sales, reseller channel and deployment teams. He also works directly with many Lavu chain and enterprise accounts. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Steve previously worked at Savoy/Brown Food Service Consultants and co-founded CuliQuip, a nationwide food-service equipment supply company. He’s an avid snowboarder, hardcore lacrosse fan, and, above all, a family man.
Alex Collazos is the Director of Customer Care at Lavu. With more than 20 years of domestic and international customer service experience, Alex has managed large organizations as well as smaller startup operations. His passion for developing talent and challenging his staff to become their best selves, has consistently resulted in exceptional client experiences and high morale.
Alex hails from South Florida, where he has enjoyed mountain biking, road riding and rooting for his favorite Hockey Team, the Florida Panthers. He has also coached Special Olympics and enjoys spending time with his wife and children. Alex looks forward to riding the mountains in his new home in New Mexico as well as becoming a fan of all things the beautiful city of Albuquerque has to offer.
Daniel Gaines is the Vice President of Product Management at Lavu. In his role as Vice President, Mr. Gaines oversees the design and development of Lavu’s POS platform. He brings to the job more than 25 years of technical and product leadership delivering solutions across multiple industries.
Before joining Lavu, Mr. Gaines has held executive leadership roles in software product development and information management organizations such as CareCloud (VP of Product Management) , Accenture, The Advisory Board Company (Sr. VP of Engineering), Knightsbridge Solutions/HP (CTO –Health and Life Science) , Answerthink (Sr. Director) , and MediQual Systems/Cardinal Health(Director, Product Development).
Mr. Gaines received a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Applied Mathematics from Hofstra University in 1985.
Ricardo Morales serves as Vice President of Product Development at Lavu, driving innovative and robust customer-oriented software solutions. Ricardo is a seasoned technologist, with over 20 years of experience in increasingly challenging and successful positions in the software industry. Ricardo holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Simon Bolivar University and an MS in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Florida. He thrives in start-up environments and has a passion for solving complex problems. When not working hard in Lavu’s Miami offices, Ricardo enjoys riding his mountain bike, road bike, or motorcycle.
Board of Directors
Mirza Baig, the founding partner of Aldrich Capital Partners, joined Lavu in 2015. He is a dedicated investor in technological innovation, having previously been involved in scaling operations and growing sales at numerous tech and healthcare companies.
As a co-founder of Imaging Advantage, Legal Advantage, and Tech Fetch, he built these companies from zero revenues and fewer than 10 employees to well over $100 million in revenues and over 500 employees globally. Previously Mirza held executive positions in investment and financial management at AOL Time Warner. He serves as a board member for the Young President Organization of Northern Virginia, Medicaid of Virginia, and Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Mirza is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School; he received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell.
Andy Lim is the co-founder and former CEO of Lavu. He started Lavu in August 2010. Currently he is the founder and CEO of AddMi, a business-networking app. Previously Andy was the founder and CEO of Lim Web Design, a web design agency based in Albuquerque. Andy serves on the Board of the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation and the Alumni Council Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of New Mexico.
Corey Fiala is a co-founder and former CTO of Lavu. After starting his career developing content management systems and touch-screen museum kiosks, Corey started a database and web consulting business called Meyerwind. Shortly after, he co-founded Event Rental Systems, a SaaS software for rental companies. He later teamed up with Andy Lim to start Lavu in 2010. Corey currently serves on the Lavu board, and he is also an Event Rental Systems board member. When not working in the software field, Corey enjoys hiking, skiing, and playing guitar and/or drums with his band.
Lavu Team – US Headquarters – Albuquerque, NM
Photo credit: Kathryn Burn