Momba: Help for Your Transition to College Life

Sometimes, even just finding something you already have in a dorm room can be difficult.

By Josh Frank

College students: we’ve all been there. Tearing our dorm room apart to find our missing gloves, knocking on our neighbor’s door to borrow shampoo or toothpaste when we’re out, or beating ourselves up when we forget to bring back extra white t-shirts while on break. However, there’s now a solution when these minor crises come up—Momba!

Transitioning from somewhere where you have constant access to things you need to somewhere where you don’t can be difficult.

Before attending college at Westfield State University, I grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, where most chain retail stores were within walking distance of my house. Now, I attend a college where the closest CVS is about two miles away.

At times, the transition has been challenging: I didn’t have a car on campus, and didn’t know many people who owned cars. If only a Momba machine was in my freshman dorm building to rely on, many of my freshman year logistical challenges could have been avoided! Continue reading

Better Late Than Never: Momba’s New Year’s Resolutions

By Momba

Momba writes her first “weblog” post!

Hi, kids! Slowly but surely, I’m learning how to “surf the Web” and navigate “social media” with the help of my team, and the most recent addition to my e-arsenal (as I’ve come to call it) is “web-logging” — or, as I’ve been told I should call it, “blogging” (but that’s a nonsense word, so I prefer to spell it out for those who aren’t as keen on the lingo)! So, even though we’re more than a month into 2013 (wowee, time flies!), I want to make a resolution that I think I can boil down into one sentence: we will continue to improve the Momba experience. 

You’re probably asking, “Momba, what do you mean?” Well, dears, here are a few specific ways are trying to improve your experience when you visit a Momba machine: Continue reading

Jobs, Profits & Compassion: Momba, a 21st Century Business

By Heather Duque 

Building Sandcastles - Momba - College Vending Machines - Heather Duque

What we’re trying to do

Before Steven and I knew that we would start Momba, like a lot of new couples, we had a lot of long discussions about our lifetime goals. We also talked a lot about the challenges young people face in today’s economic environment and potential solutions to move our country forward. Our beliefs and goals — and so, the company we’ve started — have a lot to do with who we are and how we were raised.

Dream Big - Momba - College Vending - Heather Duque

Where we’re coming from

We both come from families where dreaming big was encouraged and hard work was practiced. Steven and I are both extremely hard workers, and we believe that, with enough hard work, anything is possible for us to achieve.

We also come from families where compassion for others was encouraged. My grandmother, a young girl during the Depression, told me that her mother always gave food to hungry women and men who asked her for help, knowing what it was like to be in need herself. Continue reading

[VIDEO] The Making of a Momba Machine

A lot of love goes into making Momba machines, in addition to preparing the products we serve. Our aim is to make you feel as though you’re visiting a second Mom away from home. Check out this video on what goes into making a Momba machine. And, if you feel so inclined, ‘Like’ Momba on Facebook, and follow Momba on Twitter!

Data-driven decisions: finding the right product mix

By Steven Duque

As we near placing the first set of Momba vending machines on university campuses across New England and the northeastern United States, we’re thinking hard about the product selections we make. The limited space within our vending machines to serve our products makes smart inventory selection even more pressing. Most who know me will agree that my natural tendency is to act on my intuition, but experience (including my work at Bullhorn) has taught me that using data to inform our decisions can help us act more wisely and productively than we would without it.

Data-driven decisions and doing the “right” thing

Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong.” Although Longfellow was likely referring to ethical decisions, the adage applies to the Momba’s approach to identifying the “right” product mix to best serve students’ needs. Rather than shooting first and asking questions later, we conducted a survey last month to help us identify which products we should initially serve in our machines. Continue reading