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“We have three kids, two cats and a dog,” said Charles Edge, chief technology officer at Bootstrappers.mn, a venture capital firm in Minneapolis. “It’s a busy household in the morning, with kids and animals screaming for food and needing to be driven to school or daycare.” A wide array of smart kitchen tools is making Edge’s life—and his mornings—easier. “We can have better food and the things we need without as much work at those high-traffic crunch times,” he said.

From smart ovens to Amazon Echo–enabled refrigerators, kitchen appliances are no longer the utilitarian staples of yore. Kevin Yu lauds his touch-screen ventilation system. “I have meetings in all time zones and the GE Hub is a dream to have,” said Yu, founder and CEO of SideChef, maker of a voice-activated cooking app. “I use [the Hub] every morning to check my calendar, and even program it to make my morning coffee. I can take video calls even while cooking.”

We spoke to Edge, Yu and a handful of other tech leaders about how they’re using kitchen smart tech to multitask and optimize their cooking experiences.

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