At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top San Francisco based CEO’ operating in the AgTech space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
CEO & Co-Founder of Farmers Business Network
Amol is CEO and Co-Founder of the FBN network and has a passion for helping feed the world and helping farmers. Amol has spent the better part of his career in and around agriculture at start-up companies, large companies, such as Cargill, and most recently as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Cau feld & Byers. Amol has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Cornell, where he was a Park Fellow.
Follow Amol Deshpande:
About Farmers Business Network: FBN is an AgTech and commerce platform that helps its members make confident decisions to ensure the economic viability of their farms.
Co-Founder & CEO of Silo
Ashton Braun is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Silo.
Follow Ashton Braun:
About Silo: Silo is a wholesale food marketplace that enables customers to buy and sell produce, protein, dairy, and shelf-stable food quickly.
Chairman & CEO of FarmX
Tushar Dave is the Chairman & CEO at Enlighted inc
Follow Tushar Dave:
About Enlighted, FarmX: FarmX offers a precision agriculture platform for optimizing costs and increasing yields for farmers.
Founder / CEO of Carbon Robotics
Follow Paul Mikesell:
About Carbon Robotics: Carbon Robotics develops robots for agriculture-related applications.
Founder & CEO of SESO
Michael Guirguis is Co-founder and CEO at SESO.
Follow Michael Guirguis:
About SESO: SESO is a labor marketplace for agriculture.
Co-founder & CEO of FarmWise
Before co-founding FarmWise, Sebastien worked as a mathematician for IBM Research and a data scientist for Facebook. He holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from MIT, where he studied machine learning and recent advances in computer vision. While at MIT, he won the Machine Learning for the Digital Economy competition. He is passionate about developing technologies that address long-term environmental sustainability problems. He was one of the winners of Innovators Under 35 Europe 2018 from MIT Technology Review and named to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Follow Sébastien Boyer:
About FarmWise: Feeding our World, and our Future.
Co-founder & CEO of Releaf
Follow Ikenna Nzewi:
About Releaf: Releaf is an agriculture company that develops novel industrial processing technology in Africa’s sustainable oil palm sector.
Founder, CEO of Bear Flag Robotics
Follow Igino Cafiero:
About Bear Flag Robotics: Bear Flag Robotics is an AgTech company developing autonomous technology for farm tractors to increase productivity and improve safety.
Co-Founder | CEO of Yarden
Founder of PowerPlay.
Follow Jason Coleman:
About Yarden: Yarden designs, installs, and maintains vegetable gardens
Founder & CEO of Akorn Technology
Follow Anthony Zografos:
About Akorn Technology: Akorn uses upcycled, non-GMO corn by-products to manufacture edible coatings that makes the shelf life of fresh produce last.
Co-Founder and CEO of Andes
Gonzalo Fuenzalida is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Andes.
Follow Gonzalo Fuenzalida:
About Andes: Andes empowers biology to enable positive action against climate change.
CEO of Vence
Follow Frank Wooten:
About Vence: Vence was founded to improve the affordability and availability of sustainable animal protein.
CEO of Pivot Bio
For years, Karsten has been fascinated with the limitless potential of the unseen microbes that inhabit our world. While earning his Ph.D. at University of California, San Francisco, his graduate research focused on enhancing the nitrogen-fixing potential of soil-borne microbes. Seeking to produce “more than scientific journal articles” and driven by the desire to create meaningful change in the world, Karsten partnered with his friend and colleague, Alvin Tamsir, to create Pivot Bio.
Follow Karsten Temme:
About Pivot Bio: Pivot Bio is an agricultural tech company improving the microbiome by taking nitrogen from the air and making it available for plants.
Co-Founder & CEO of Telesense
Expert in the Silicon Valley startup process. Defining market opportunity, fundraising, business plan development and building teams. 24-years of experience in mentoring entrepreneurs, starting companies and scaling them for success. Worked at seven startups, CEO for four of them. Currently leading Bitzer Mobile, a hot Silicon Valley startup in enterprise mobility space & teaching Entrepreneurship at Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley. Authored several books on entrepreneurship that can be seen at www.Startup-Advisor.com. Specialties:Strategy for startups. Creating innovation ecosystems in companies. Advising governmental agencies on how to jump start entrepreneurship in their countries. Social businesses.
Follow Naeem Zafar:
About Telesense, TVLP Institute Silicon Valley: TeleSense is an AgTech company providing environmental monitoring and control solutions for the food and grain industry.
CEO and Co-Founder of InnerPlant
Shely Aronov is the Co-Founder and CEO of InnerPlant.
Follow Shely Aronov:
About InnerPlant: InnerPlant is an ag-tech company that features a data platform that increases field health and drives value throughout the supply chain.
CEO of VIBE Imaging Analytics
Follow Ron Hadar:
About VIBE Imaging Analytics: Vibe Imaging Analytics is a digital rice and grain inspection and analysis for better and safer food.
Cofounder and CEO of Boost Biomes
Start up veteran and entrepreneur that assembles top notch talent and develops platform technologies that are capable of solving big problems.
Follow Jamie Bacher:
About Boost Biomes: Boost Biomes develops microbial products to sustainably improve food production and shelf-life.
Founder & CEO of Bountiful
Follow Megan Nunes:
About Bountiful: Bountiful is an agtech company that helps farmers understand what impacts crop production in the field and at scale.
CEO of AgBlox
Co-Founder Performance Livestock Analytics
Follow Tom Blair:
About AgBlox, Performance Livestock Analytics: Artificial intelligence-based commodity trading
Founder & CEO of AgShift
Miku Jha is the founder and CEO of AgShift. She grew up planting mango trees on a 4th generation family farm – in a Smallholder farming community – in Northern India. Miku is a passionate entrepreneur and product executive with a proven track record. She has led multiple startups from founding stage to successful acquisitions & mergers with companies such as IBM and Xyratex. As a product executive she has launched large scale enterprise products in mobile and internet of things for companies such as VMware and IBM. Miku helped build and scale multiple storage, mobile software startups into well-known global companies. She was instrumental in growing the storage business as a Founding engineer at Ariodata, which was acquired by Xyratex Inc. She helped grow and scale mobile business and product at Worklight, which was acquired by IBM. She has lead several mobile and IoT initiatives at IBM – under Mobile First portfolio. She was responsible for successful execution of Mobile virtualization initiative at VMware under the office of the CTO. At AgShift, Miku manages a nimble team of data scientists, researchers and technologists driven by a single passion – to digitize food supply chain with cutting edge innovations in deep learning and data science – which results in better transparency, better food quality and reduced food wastage. Miku serves on the advisory board of BetterMDM, PlainMark and MergeLane. Miku has a MBA from Cornell University and a BS (Hons.) in Computer Science from University of Mumbai. With AgShift, she is inspired to apply technology to solve real challenges in Agriculture, globally. She is also passionate about women in technology. She has lead multiple corporate initiatives to help young women entrepreneurs succeed. She continues to be a mentor to many young women entrepreneurs in technology – inspiring and guiding them to success!
Follow Miku Jha:
About AgShift: AgShift is on a mission to reduce food waste across the food supply chain. Our medium of choice is AI.
Dr. Pratik Desai
CEO and Founder of Titodi
Pratik Desai is the CEO and Founder at Titodi.
Follow Dr. Pratik Desai:
About Titodi: Titodi provides analytics and direct to consumer platform for agriculture producers, traders and retailers.
Founder & CEO of Planetarians
Aleh Manchuliantsau joined PLANETARIANS as Founder and CEO in 2017.
Follow Aleh Manchuliantsau:
About Planetarians: PLANETARIANS is the next platform for alternative meats: clean, water-efficient, cheap.
Founder, CEO & CTO of SytemOnSilicon Corporation
– A prolific leadership and management track of 20+ years in hardcore engineering (software & hardware) R&D, product innovation & execution and strategic business/stakeholder management in tech giants as well as emerging startup ventures in digital health
Follow Raj Ray:
About SytemOnSilicon Corporation: IoT, AI.ML and Big Data Analytics powered disruptive solutions for climate-smart & precision agriculture and digital health
Co-Founder & CEO of Pomodyne
Torin Yeager currently works as the Co-Founder and CEO for Pomodyne, Inc.
Follow Torin Yeager:
About Pomodyne: Pomodyne develops crop cultivation technology with the goal of revolutionizing fruit crop cultivation.
CEO & Co-Founder of Avalow
Amanda has been gardening for over 10 years and wants everyone to experience the joy of seeing and tasting food harvested just outside your door. She has worked with some of the most recognized brands in hospitality and technology to create amazing customer experiences.
Follow Amanda Dunker:
About Avalow: The modern gardening brand for a new age
CEO of Atlas AI
Abe’s career has spanned the renewable energy, semiconductor and data for development sectors over close to two decades, including substantial experience living and working in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Atlas AI, Abe was a Principal at Incandescent, a boutique consulting firm where he led a range of engagements for the firm’s social sector and venture clients, with a specific focus on advancing the ‘data for good’ ecosystem. Earlier in his career, Abe was the Director of Business Development for Premise Data, and the Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development for Astonfield Renewables. Abe earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and was named a Presidential Scholar by the Clinton White House. He is a First Mover Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program and serves on the Advisory Board of the program.
Follow Abe Tarapani:
About Atlas AI, Atlas AI: Atlas AI is an analytics platform that guides the deployment of investment and other resource allocation decisions in the emerging markets.
Alu de Urquiza
Co-Founder & CEO of Agrow
Alu de Urquiza is a Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer at Agrow. Prior to founding Agrow, she worked as a Senior Analyst for Credit Management Division at Banco Galicia.
Follow Alu de Urquiza:
About Agrow: Agrow is a digital marketplace that allows buyers and sellers to set up deals.
Chief Executive Officer of Food System 6
Follow Caesaré Assad:
About Food System 6: Food System 6 accelerates innovations that democratize wealth in frontline communities and transition them to a regenerative food system.