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 [...]

By | 2015-09-22T23:57:06+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Drone Swarms|Comments Off on Watch How Drone Swarms Build a Bridge

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

Rob LeClerc, Founder of AgFunder 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 Leclerc, investment in AgTech was relatively flat before 2013. Innovation in agriculture was concentrated in seed and [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00 September 14th, 2015|AgTech, Events|Comments Off on VLAB Moderator, Rob Leclerc, Crowns AgTech the “New Queen of Green”

John Deere Executive Offers Sound Advice for AgTech Entrepreneurs

SeedStar technology at work. Image courtesy of John Deere 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 amount of land and probably less water, is a huge challenge that needs [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00 September 14th, 2015|AgTech|Comments Off on John Deere Executive Offers Sound Advice for AgTech Entrepreneurs

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00 September 7th, 2015|AgTech, Events|Comments Off on OnFarm Systems CEO Joins AgTech Panel

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on VLAB Welcomes KPCB Partner to AgTech Panel

CEO of Blue River Technology Joins AgTech Panel

image courtesy Silicon Valley Business Journal 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 Precision Agriculture.   Blue River has a great story that you won’t want to miss and registration [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00 August 30th, 2015|AgTech, Events|Comments Off on CEO of Blue River Technology Joins AgTech Panel

Will bacteria in the gut lead to new breakthroughs in personalized medicine?

A recent panel discussion at VLAB event at Stanford University examined the role microbes might play in human health. Mark Bunger, Senior Research Director at Lux Research, moderated the event. As an introduction, Bunger shared some information on what would define a microbiome, where it resides, and how big is a mircrobiome. Microbiome is an [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00 March 11th, 2015|Biotech, Event Summary, Food Technology, VLAB|Comments Off on Will bacteria in the gut lead to new breakthroughs in personalized medicine?

Young Entrepreneurs: Changing the Game (Part I)

“I saw a problem and wanted to solve it.” “I didn’t realize I was starting a company; I looked at it like I was working on a project.” “I didn’t want to work for anyone else.” Whatever the motivation, all five of the panelists on our January “Young Women Entrepreneur| Unbroken” panel have become successful [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00 February 6th, 2015|Entrepreneur Spotlight, Event Summary, VLAB, Young Entrepreneurs|Comments Off on Young Entrepreneurs: Changing the Game (Part I)

Building an Enduring Business: Startup Culture

Gene Early co-founded a billion dollar genetics company, and now he’s teaching others what he learned in the process. Several years ago he joined the founding team of Genomic Health, a genetics and diagnostics company with a current market capitalization of over $1 billion. At the time he joined, he was tasked with guiding, nurturing, [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00 January 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Building an Enduring Business: Startup Culture