Our Story

How four guys got together to change the way the world looks at food.

Soylent started with the basic idea that nutrition shouldn’t be difficult. Our co-founders met in 2013 in Sunnyvale, California, working under the same roof and eating the same diet of frozen corn dogs and instant ramen noodles. After a lot of frustrating meals, founder Rob Rhinehart, alongside co-founders Matt Cauble, John Coogan, and David Renteln, developed Soylent as an experiment. Their hypothesis: Food can be simplified for the better.

Our founders named the product Soylent, in homage to the novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison. It’s a dystopian sci-fi novel that explores population growth and world resources.

Because Soylent started as an experiment, iteration is in our DNA. Soylent went from one mixable powder to a suite of ready-to-drink meals, and we won’t stop there. The sky's the limit for innovating and creating more efficient and plentiful food sources. We believe that these innovations will change the way the world looks at food and the role food plays in our lives. Read more about our philosophy here.

Where we've been.

What started as a simple pouch of powdered food has become so much more. Our portfolio of products now includes Powders, Ready-to-Drink Soylent, and Cafe Soylent. We sell here at Soylent.com as well as on Amazon. In January 2017, Soylent was the #1 Grocery product on Amazon.


Because food voids can happen when you least expect them, Soylent is in retail as well. Find us in stores like Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Kroger all across the US.

Where we're going.

From a viral sensation, to a record breaking crowd-funding campaign, to investors like GV believing in the mission and vision of Soylent, there’s no limit to what we can do. Read more here.

We don’t want to replace all foods, instead we want to replace the food voids in people’s lives with nutritious options. And further, we want to eradicate pervasive issues like hunger and food deserts. Our #SoylentForGood program works tirelessly to help food insecure communities here in the US through food bank organizations and abroad with the World Food Program USA.

Please direct any press inquiries to press@soylent.com. Anything else? Get in touch with us at info@soylent.com.

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