WE BUILD TECHNOLOGY THAT empoweRS the world to minimize food waste.

Spoiler Alert is a Boston-based, venture-backed technology startup helping food manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and grocery retailers manage unsold inventory more effectively. We offer 1) a business intelligence solution that allows companies to get a better handle on food recovery and waste diversion efforts, as well as 2) a controlled, relationship management portal that facilitates real-time food donations, discounted sales, and/or organic byproduct redistributions.

Born out of MIT in June 2015, Spoiler Alert is an alumni of Techstars and MassChallenge (two of the leading startup accelerator programs in the U.S.) and is backed by some of the nation’s leading food, ag and supply chain investors. The company prides itself on its collaborative culture and mission-driven aspirations, and values transparency, personal growth, and results.

Meet the team

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Ricky Ashenfelter

Chief Executive Officer

Ricky Ashenfelter is a Co-Founder and the CEO of Spoiler Alert, where he is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the company. As CEO, Ricky advocates extensively on the role that emerging technologies can play in recovering value from unsold inventory and organics and is a frequent public speaker on food waste solutions in the U.S. and across global supply chains.

Ricky has spent his career in software, sustainability, and startups and at the intersection of how private sector innovations can tackle the world’s largest energy and environmental problems. Before starting Spoiler Alert in 2015, Ricky was a key member of Deloitte’s Sustainability practice, where he led energy and supply chain analyses for major food, retail, and CPG companies, including Walmart, US Foods, WhiteWave, Darden Restaurants, Nike, and SC Johnson. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was an early employee at ClearCarbon Inc. (a fast-growing sustainability and software startup acquired by Deloitte in 2010) and worked with the U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

Ricky is a Philadelphia native, holds a bachelor's in Finance and Environmental Studies from Georgetown University, earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2017.

Emily Malina

Emily Malina

Chief Product Officer

Emily Malina is a Co-Founder and the Chief Product Officer of Spoiler Alert. She is responsible for driving the vision, strategy, and delivery of the company’s products and services and oversees the Product and Customer Success functions of the business. Emily manages many of the company's largest corporate and nonprofit partnerships, advising clients on strategies to maximize operational efficiency, sustainability, and profitability across their supply chains.

Emily has spent her career using technology and process innovation to deliver operational improvements and impact. Before founding Spoiler Alert, Emily worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she specialized in technology adoption and supply chain transformation. Much of her client work focused on helping public sector organizations transform their operations through emerging technologies and business process improvement. Emily also has a product marketing, sales, and analytics background from her work at Yammer (acquired by Microsoft) and the Corporate Executive Board (acquired by Gartner).

Originally from New York, Emily has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from Emory University.


Art Dirik

VP, Customer Success

Art Dirik serves as Spoiler Alert’s Vice President of Customer Success, responsible for scaling customer operations and driving continued value for food businesses through bottom line results and addressing the food waste challenges that persist across the supply chain.

Art brings more than 25 years of customer-centric experience within the supply chain software, retail analytics, and professional consulting industries, having worked with leading Fortune 500 companies, including Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour, Walgreens, Wendy's, ASDA, IBM, and DuPont.

Before Spoiler Alert, Art was the Chief Customer Officer at Profitect, a provider of SaaS-based prescriptive analytics tools for retailers. At Profitect, he built and scaled their customer success team and processes during a period of 200+ percent year-over-year growth. Previously, Art held product and service leadership positions at Nielsen, IRI, Demantra (acquired by Oracle), i2 Technologies (acquired by JDA) and PRTM (acquired by PwC). Art holds an MBA and MS in MIS in from Boston University, as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.


Adam Goldstein

VP, Engineering

Adam Champagne Goldstein is the Vice President of Engineering at Spoiler Alert, where he is responsible for the company’s technical strategy and execution of the product roadmap. In this role, Adam is building a team of engineers and data scientists to deliver a software solution that analyzes, manages, and mitigates the financial impacts of food loss and waste throughout the supply chain.

Adam has a track record of building happy, effective teams to create cloud products that have real-world impact and scientific validation. Prior to Spoiler Alert, Adam spent 3 years at MeYou Health as a Managing Software Engineer, where he helped scale the team from 20 to 70 while expanding the portfolio from 2 to 5 products. Before that, he worked as a Senior Software Systems Engineer at MITRE, writing cloud-based security research and open source healthcare products advocating interoperability and population health. Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Brandeis University and earned his Master’s in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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