Ontain Corporation was incorporated in 1999 as a digital pioneer in the Food & Beverage industry. The venture-backed company was headquartered in Washington State and conducted business in both Canada and the U.S. during its five years of operation. While its platform would eventually power both Subway’s and Boston Market’s Gift and Loyalty programs, Ontain was better known for its pioneering work in the Order Ahead space. The company powered the first Platform-as-a-Services (PaaS) solution for Mobile Commerce and Web-based Online Ordering in the Food & Beverage industry. Among its early customers were McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Boston Market and Subway.
Ontain built and deployed Starbucks’ first city-wide pilot of Mobile Commerce, which allowed Starbucks’ customers to order, pay, and skip the line to pick up their favorite beverage. Before mobile apps, smartphones, or widely available broadband, Ontain enabled Starbucks Express customers to use their mobile phones to order and pay for more than 100,000 transactions.
Unfortunately, the company ceased operations in 2004 as the business model was premature.
From the very beginning of Ontain’s operation through to its closure, Jason Strashek held roles as both a Technical Product Manager and a Client Services Lead. Today, Mr. Strashek retains all of Ontain’s Order Ahead intellectual property and other assets in his company, Cardant Holdings Ltd.