Kip Tom, a seventh-generation family farmer, is as much a chief technology officer as he is a farmer. Where his great-great-grandfather hitched a mule, “we’ve got sensors on the combine, GPS data from satellites, cellular modems on self-driving tractors, apps for irrigation on iPhones,” he said.
Cutting Edge Capital's CEO Jenny Kassan presented this pdf to the Stay Local! & Urban Conservancy's "Invest Local" symposium on Nov 20, 2014. It gives an overview of Direct Public Offerings - DPOs - which allow an unlimited number of unaccredited (retail) and accredited investors directly own shares in a company. A DPO is like an IPO, just way simpler, way cheaper, way faster, and doesn't need any Wall Streeter-type involvement.
ConAgra spokesman Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, predicts a growing desire for "bold flavored foods that also offer health benefits". Has the year of kimchi arrived? See Phil's Top 8, but oddly enough, natural organic food from a local farmer isn't on it. Hmm, maybe that was #9 and just didn't make the list?
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