Technology Report with Matt Roush
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JESSE VOLLMAR is founder and CEO of FarmLogs in Ann Arbor. FarmLogs is an agricultural tech startup that helps farmers digitally manage their farm to increase yield and profitability. FarmLogs’ web and mobile apps bring critical farm data online in real time to help farmers manage and analyze the large amounts of heretofore underutilized data collected from their fields in order to make smarter, more efficient, and more profitable farming decisions. Vollmar grew up on his family’s fifth-generation organic row-crop farm in Michigan and started an IT consulting business while still in high school. Under his leadership while a full-time student, FarmLogs grew to more than $350,000 in annual revenue and five employees in less than five years. The company was accepted into Silicon Valley’s startup accelerator, Y Combinator and raised $5 million in capital from several notable technology investors. In less than two years, FarmLogs expanded beyond web to mobile and its software is being used by thousands of commercial farms throughout the United States and in 130 countries. The product is used by more than 5 percent of U.S. row-crop farms. FarmLogs recently closed a $4 million Series A round of financing led by Drive Capital with the participation of investors Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, and Hyde Park Angels. Vollmar serves on the advisory committee for the technology and computer curriculum at the Tuscola County Technology Center. He was recently selected by Forbes as one of its 30 under 30. Vollmar received his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Saginaw Valley State University.
So here we are at Wednesday, and the prediction for this morning was not good. But look at it this way… AccuWeather, which is usually pretty reliable out to about 10 days or so, says back into the 50s by next week. So laugh at this white glop on the ground… it’ll be gone soon! And now, your favorite blend of local, national and global tech news…
A handheld radiation camera developed by University of Michigan engineering researchers offers nuclear plant operators a faster way to find potentially dangerous hot spots and leaky fuel rods.
A new report on Michigan’s 2013 tourism industry from the Toronto-based tourism research firm Longwoods International says the state’s Pure Michigan campaign drove more than 4 million trips last year, producing $1.2 billion in economic impact.
So long suburbs. Global Telecom Solutions has relocated its company headquarters from St. Clair Shores to the former Archdiocese of Detroit print shop in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.
Employers in the Detroit area, West Michigan and the state as a whole are expected to hire at a brisk pace during the second quarter, according to the latest Employment Outlook Survey, released Tuesday by the Milwaukee, Wis.-based temporary help firm Manpower Inc.
A federal judge’s ruling last week that the Federal Aviation Administration has no jurisdiction over small drone aircraft means a Commerce Township florist will resume testing flower delivery by drone.
After two years as runner up, Kettering University has taken the gold in the internal combustion division of the 2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Canada’s McGill University won the electric division.
Strategies for accelerating the state’s economic transformation took center stage in East Lansing Monday, as nearly 500 business and policy executives came together to discuss ways to build the next Michigan economy.
Ann Arbor-based Merit Network Inc., the provider of advanced networking services to Michigan’s education and nonprofit community, has become a participant in the Internet2 NET+ Regional Partner Program.