From Film to Food: Hear the Success Story of Director-Turned-Restaurateur Otto Cedeno

From Film to Food: Hear the Success Story of Director-Turned-Restaurateur Otto Cedeno - mbaMission

Otto Cedeno, Founder of Otto’s Tacos

Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? Is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.

Otto Cedeno made the jump from film to food in 2013, when he left his position as director of production at to open Otto’s Tacos, a Southern California–inspired taqueria in New York City. Sam Rosen, a former podcast guest and the founder of MakeSpace, joined Shinewald to interview Cedeno, who shared his entrepreneurial journey thus far, including these details:

  • Why a restaurant kitchen and a film set are “so eerily similar, it’s kind of freaky”
  • How Cedeno was inspired to open a restaurant even before graduating from film school after noticing a lack of Mexican food around the New York University campus at the time
  • Why New Yorkers’ tendency to stick to their neighborhoods when making dinner plans works both for and against Cedeno’s decision to not expand further in the near future

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