Silicon Valley Meets Sacramento:
Hot Opportunities in AgTech
The hottest business opportunities at the
crossroads of agriculture, food and technology.
April 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in Sacramento.
VCs, investors, tech entrepreneurs, service professionals and experts -- join us for the latest news and ideas in what's hot in AgTech: which deals are getting done and why, the specific technologies to be watching, and predictions on where investment is headed.
Our Panel of Experts Share Info and Weigh In
These experts will share their knowledge and answer your questions.
John Matthesen Jack Coots
Ephraim Lindenbaum Patrick Dosier
Bob Adams Moderator Roger Royse
John Matthesen began is career in restaurants, first as a chef and then in hotel management. He made the jump to the high-tech scene, working with two zero-to-IPO companies. After working worldwide in tech, John returned to his roots in food and is now promoting the AgTech industry. He started his own urban farm and is a Professor of Urban Farming and Farm to Table in the culinary department at Diablo Valley College. He also works in an AgTech startup. John is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Jack Coots is Founder and President of Professional Grower Servics, LLC. He utilizes technology and professional services to promote a healthy growing environment that benefits crops and promotes sustainable resource management for agricultural producers in Northern California. Jack also serves as AgStart program director for the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance, SARTA. He is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program and the UC David Executive Management Program.
Ephraim Lindenbaum is the Founder and Managing Director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley based venture investment fund and accelerator that invests in seed and early stage startups across three core sectors: sustainability (AgTech, CleanTech, FoodTech); mobility (communications, IoT, mobile); and information technology (enterprise, consumer-facing).
Patrick Dosier is a practicing agronomist with nearly a decade of experience advising growers and selling to the production agriculture market. His practice includes research agronomy on behalf of large growers from Yuma, AZ to Pasco, WA. The majority of his experience has been developed in working with Central Valley tree nut, vine and row crop growers and he has ties to costal vegetable and berry operations. Patrick has a B.S. in agronomy from Cal Poly Pomona, is a Certified Professional Agronomist, and is a California Licensed Pest Control Adviser.
Bob Adams is the Innovation Advisor at the World Food Center, University of California at Davis. He works closely with researchers to translate concepts from the laboratory to market-facing applications and is focused on growing the innovation ecosystem for agricultural and food systems. From 2003-2009, he developed and led the Design for Sustainability initiative at IDEO, one of the world's leading innovation consultancies, where he remains an IDEO Fellow. Bob holds six patents and has been the recipient of several international design awards.
Moderator: Roger Royse of Royse Law Firm, P.C., a business and tax law firm with offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco. He is also the Founder of Silicon Valley AgTech and organizes the RoyseLaw AgTech Incubator and the RoyseLaw Silicon Valley AgTech Conference. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer and is AV Peer Rated by Martindale Hubbell, with a "Superb" rating from Avvo.
HOT Opportunities in AgTech -- Join Us
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Royse Law Firm
Royse Law Firm is a corporate, business and tax law firm with offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Los Angeles.