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  • Watch How Drone Swarms Build a Bridge

    OK, so you’ve seen drones flying in parks or at the beach, heard news stories about the drone that crashed into the stands at the U.S. Open tennis match, or even consumers that inadvertently interfere with wildfire emergency response. Flown by remote control or using a smartphone for control, these consumer drones are distant cousins…

  • VLAB Moderator, Rob Leclerc, Crowns AgTech the “New Queen of Green”

    [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Dr. Rob Leclerc is the cofounder of AgFunder, the premier online marketplace connecting accredited investors with quality Ag related companies from around the globe in this $6.4 Trillion industry. According to…

  • John Deere Executive Offers Sound Advice for AgTech Entrepreneurs

    [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Over the next 35 years, the world population is expected to increase by nearly one-third — more than 2 billion people. Providing enough food for these folks, with about the same…

  • OnFarm Systems CEO Joins AgTech Panel

    VLAB is pleased to welcome Lance Donny, Founder and CEO of OnFarm Systems, to our stage  on Sept. 15. Donny grew up on a farm in California where his family grew table grapes. After college, he spent 20 years in software before coming back to AgTech.  After realizing that many farmers were having a hard…

  • VLAB Welcomes KPCB Partner to AgTech Panel

    We are pleased to welcome Brook Porter from Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers  to the panel for our upcoming event, AgTech: Sand Hill Bets on Precision Agriculture. As a partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund, Porter supports young companies that are creating sustainable solutions by developing disruptive technology. Porter’s knowledge of environmental technology will provide…

  • CEO of Blue River Technology Joins AgTech Panel

    [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] We are pleased to have Jorge Heraud, CEO of Blue River Technology,  as a panelist for our first event of the season. Join us on September 15 for AgTech: Sandhill Bets on…

  • Human Augmentation: Blurring the Line Between Biology and Technology

    Restoring and augmenting hearing capacity. Augmenting cognition through the use of a Brian Computer Interface. Using a human exoskeleton to augment movement. Enhancing sensory processing.

  • Big Data from Space: Actionable Intelligence on Earth

    “Space is no longer being defined by larger, more established companies, but rather new companies that are extending the boundaries.” Amaresh Kollipara The Industry Value Chain On Dec 7, 1972, the Apollo 17 crew took the first picture of the whole Earth, entitled “The Blue Marble.” The industry involving space has evolved greatly since that…

  • Click to Fit: How Startups are Personalizing Fashion

    Click to Fit: How Startups are Personalizing Fashion

    Scalable Fashion and Personalization. What is personalization? Fabric? Check. Tailor? Check. Fashion, particularly men’s fashion, started out highly personalized. After choosing fabric from a vast selection, the clothes were tailored to a perfect fit, after which personalized changes could be made to the design before the product was hand delivered. By the late 18th century,…

  • Self-Driving Vehicles – Startups (Already) on the Road

    The big question: Are we there yet? Thilo Koslowski,  the panel moderator, is truly a pioneer in the automotive industry. He has been an active participant in industry since 1997, starting the automotive division at Gartner – 16 years ago before becoming their Vice President & Automotive Practice Leader. Gartner serves as the largest technology advisory…