Madison is already packed with companies creating mobile apps for foodies, coffee connoisseurs, and cocktail enthusiasts. Recently, two more have entered the fray: Cork and Drip.
The DNA of both the products is identical. Both seek to change the way people pay for drinks at coffee shops and bars in Madison. They’re both built by the same team of twentysomethings working out of StartupBloc, a startup center on the Near East side of Madison.
“They are completely different companies, but we founded them under the same hood,” explained Jack Pavlik, CEO of the two ventures.
Pavlik is a 23-year-old entrepreneur with a history in food and beverage-based tech startups, particularly those targeting college campuses. Three years ago, he co-founded LineLeap, a “fast pass” option for customers who want to jump ahead of long lines at popular bars, restaurants, and clubs. When he was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he helped run Madison operations for a Los Angeles food delivery startup called Envoy Now, which hired student drivers exclusively.
“We can go to libraries, we can go to hostels,” Pavlik said. “We can beat other delivery services, simply because we had that kind of access.”
With Cork, the company co-founded with its CTO Avery Durant in 2018, Pavlik created a subscription service for bar-goers: Pay a $10 monthly fee, and one user per visit to any participating bar. The day is able to receive a free drink. Cork Network – 18 locations in Madison, and four locations in Ames, Iowa and State College, Pennsylvania. It’s just a question of showing the bar and the server the app to redeem the drink.