HotBot Beverages founder and CEO James Heczko, shown here with the device he has spent 2 ½ years tinkering with in his garage, were the subject of constructive criticism at this month’s North County Founder Drink Up in Carlsbad. The Keurig-like machine uses induction heating to conveniently warm soups and beverages.

HotBot Beverages founder and CEO James Heczko, shown here with the device he has spent 2 ½ years tinkering with in his garage, were the subject of constructive criticism at this month’s North County Founder Drink Up in Carlsbad. The Keurig-like machine uses induction heating to conveniently warm soups and beverages.

— The crowd at this month’s North County Founder Drink Up was impressed by the Keurig-like prototype James Heczko brought in, especially when he tugged on a custom container and out popped one of the steel cylinders that warms soups and beverages through induction heating...

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