Fascinating conversation with Frederik Taarnhøj cofounder of FaunaPhotonics, a startup with advanced insect monitoring technology for agriculture. We discussed the importance of paternity leave to the early days of FaunaPhotonics, how they developed their early sensor prototypes, what they learned working with farmers on trials, the positive sustainability impacts their technology has on farming, why Denmark is a fascinating country for agtech startups and much more!
Great to chat with Martijn Lukaart founder of Odd.Bot a startup that builds autonomous robots (a weeding robot!) for farms. We discussed how a EU directive coupled with a hackathon drove the initial decision to start Odd.Bot, why they chose carrots as their first use case, the incredible time and labor savings their robot can generate, how they are able to couple data science with in-world robotics, how they think about the future of agtech and more!
Great to chat with Cosmo Pepe co-founder of Soonapse, a company whose products make farming more efficient with a particular focus on smart irrigation. We discussed how they combine data from multiple sources to give recommendations on when to irrigate to the farmer, the challenge of balancing software and hardware in agtech, their go-to-market strategy, what it is like building a company in Italy and more!
I learned tons about biochar from Henrietta Moon, CEO and cofounder of Carbo Culture, a company which makes high quality biocarbons from waste, and puts this biochar to use in soils, agriculture and urban environments. We discussed how biochar is created and why it is such a stable form of carbon, what the process of verifying carbon sequestration is like, how biochar intersects with regenerative agriculture, how large corporates are starting to think about offsets, the importance of “containers” to help people find their place in climate work, how scouting and sailing drove her love of the environment, starting a company in Finland and much more!
Learnt so much about aeroponics speaking with Lucas Moreira, CEO of CBA Sementes, a Brazilian startup that grows potatoes in air! We discussed how aeroponics differs from hydroponics, why seed potatoes are such a great use case for aeroponics, the importance of sensors, the pros of building a startup with your family, the Brazilian tech scene and more!
Two great guests on the podcast this week in Ryan Slabaugh and Sarah Day Levesque of Acres USA, North America’s oldest publisher on production-scale organic and sustainable farming. We discussed how to better communicate the importance of soil health for sustainable farming, the lessons regenerative agriculture can learn from organic farming, soil carbon sequestration markets, how to better engage conventional farmers on sustainability, the agtech landscape and more!
Great to chat with Alexander Gillett, CEO and co-founder of HowGood, a company with the world’s largest food product sustainability database. We discussed what it took to build such a unique dataset (14 years!), the importance of decision making to actionable sustainability, the challenges for sustainability across the developed versus developing world, their go-to-market strategy, why trust is so important for early startup teams and more!
Very enjoyable chat with Patrick Henry CEO of GroGuru, a company using soil sensors to give farmers AI-based recommendations for crop irrigation. We discussed why their soil sensor is a massive leap over existing solutions, how agtech companies can incorporate sustainability into their products, why strong distribution channels are essential to agtech companies, their approach to building an amazing team, why listening is one of the most important founder skills and more!
Great to chat to Philip Briscoe, COO at Rezatec, a remote sensing company which helps companies manage critical infrastructure at scale. We discussed their start in forestry carbon credits, the important role satellite imagery can play in managing risk (including climate risk), the boom in the space industry, why their HQ is perfectly located, the importance of being a mission driven company and more!