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Technology has transformed the way food is produced, managed, and distributed. Many startups in the growing field of agtech (agricultural technology) are utilizing new advances in robotics, AI, deep learning, IoT, drones, satellites, and biotech to shape the future of agriculture. AgTech first became an investment sector a few years ago and is one of the fastest growing areas of innovation. AgTech is still in its infancy and anumerous opportunities for innovation and investment lie ahead.
A distinguished panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders will discuss the latest innovations in agtech. Please come with questions and comments.
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Panel Discussion, Q & A
8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking
About the Panelists:
(More panelists TBA.)
- Jordan Wahbeh is a partner at Andra Capital and a managing partner at Bay Angels. Jordan has a strong background in engineering, business, SW development, IT, Hi-Tech, customer management, AI, big data/analytics, industrial IoT, smart home, and manufacturing. His engagements include venture capital firms, angel investor groups, accelerators, and corporate venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, across the US, Korea, Dubai, Brazil, MENA region, Kuwait, and Europe.
- Justin Butler is a partner at Eclipse Venture Capital. Justin has a deep understanding of translating basic science into successful commercial operations. His passion for full-stack investing stems from the belief that disparate hardware and software creates significant friction, and frustration, for users. He enjoys collaborating with founders who design integrated, elegant solutions resulting in a more seamless — and useful — experience for the end user. Justin is particularly interested in novel approaches to complex issues such as healthcare, multi-layer security, and distributed computation systems to support artificial intelligence.
-Salil Pradhan is a venture partner with Draper Nexus, an advisor to a number of private & public companies and has served on a number of academic boards including UCLA's WINMEC and UCSD's center for wireless communications. In his previous life, Salil was the founder and chief technology officer for HP's Enterprise RFID efforts, focused on retail and healthcare. A recognized thought leader, Salil is the founder of two startups and has been issued 43 US patents.
Salil has a Masters degree in computer science from Northeastern University and bachelors degree in engineering from the University of Poona.
About the Moderator:
Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include international emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.
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