Interview with Thomas Lapham, CEO at CHEQ

Thomas Lapham is CEO of CHEQ mobile solutions. CHEQ is a technology platform dedicated to helping restaurants and sports and entertainment venues flourish and to giving guests amazing experiences at those venues. Prior to CHEQ, Thomas served as CEO of Asia Clean Capital. ACC is a renewable investments platform with hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar projects under management. Core clients include Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Unilever, Nestle, Danone, Hitachi, and other multinationals. Thomas has work experience around the globe and is fluent in English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. Tom is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, having graduated from their OPM Management Program. Tom also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Whitman College in Washington State. He is a member of the YPO network and has been a featured speaker at the International Monetary Fund, DFI, and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Interview questions:

Career | From 2013 to 2018, you were CEO of Asia Clean Capital. In March of 2021, you became CEO of CHEQ. Can you provide the highlights of your career, exits, and decision to co-found CHEQ?

CHEQ | Please provide a snapshot of CHEQ and its mission. What is social gifting?

Co-Founders | Tell us how you and the other co-founders Jake Stone (CRO) and Jim Castillo (CTO) connected.

Stadium Industry | How is CHEQ revolutionizing the stadium industry? Who are some of your clients?

Funding | According to Crunchbase, CHEQ has closed two rounds of funding for $13.5 Million. Who are your funders?

WestRiver Group and The Yard Ventures.

Partnerships | CHEQ has established partnerships including Liberty Sports Group; can you highlight some of the partnerships?

Growth | What are the growth plans for CHEQ?

Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn

CHEQ is the first mobile payments platform for the restaurant and hospitality industry to enable social purchasing and gifting, allowing users to pay for and send drinks to one another for on-premises consumption. CHEQ allows friends to send food and drinks to each other in real-time from anywhere in the world. It connects consumers and businesses to create frictionless, amazing in-person experiences. CHEQ’s universal ordering and payment app can be used by any restaurant, café, bar, or stadium to make transactions fun, easy, and worry-free. To learn more about CHEQ visit or follow us on Instagram, @CheqPlease

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