We provide tools for indoor farms and their customers to create a more profitable and sustainable future.
We cover all aspects of indoor farming operations, generating highly accurate carbon scores. With CarbonBook, customers can identify areas for improvement, and track and report on progress over time.
As supply chain companies commit to more ambitious sustainability goals, and reward responsible growing, the ability to track and reduce carbon footprint is essential.
The people behind Carbonbook
We are a group of thought leaders, technical gurus, support specialists and creative entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help indoor farming become both more sustainable and profitable.
Dr. Daphne Preuss is an entrepreneur focused on bringing innovation to food and agriculture systems. She has led Motorleaf since 2020, focusing the company on the role it can play to standardize carbon reporting in the indoor agriculture industry. Daphne previously founded, built, and served for eleven years as President and CEO of Chromatin Inc., a crop breeding and seed company that delivered sorghum – a water-efficient sustainable grain crop – to dry-land farmers in over 50 countries. She has often served as a board member or operating partner to guide startups through commercialization and intellectual property strategy, value inflections and exits, with a particular focus on innovations that reduce the use of natural resources while improving agricultural productivity. Daphne was previously a Professor and Howard Hughes Investigator at the University of Chicago where she led public and private programs to bring genetic improvements to crops.
Aline Glick is bringing her expertise in software product management and marketing, as well as her passion for sustainable solutions to Motorleaf, where she heads the company’s marketing activities. Aline previously served for fifteen years as Chief Product Officer at SnapGene from its foundation in 2004 to acquisition in 2019, helping to build a userbase of over 600,000 researchers in virtually every major research institution, pharmaceutical and biotech company worldwide. Prior to her work at SnapGene she served in software product management and marketing roles in a variety of companies, from start-up to Fortune 200 firms. Since exiting SnapGene, she has focused on building and marketing products for a more sustainable planet. She holds a B.S from Northwestern University.
Dr. Eugene Losev is a seasoned executive who previously co-founded, built, and sold a Software-as-a-Service company, SnapGene, focused on innovative technology for biological research. At SnapGene, Eugene was responsible for commercial operations to support over 600,000 customers in pharma, biotech and academic labs. Prior to SnapGene, Eugene spent 3 years working at L.E.K. Consulting in their Life Sciences consulting practice. He also spent 8 years at Baxter Healthcare in various marketing, business development and strategy roles. Eugene enjoys working with startups to develop their commercial operations and has been working for the last two years with software companies focusing on agriculture and sustainability. At Motorleaf he leads the company’s commercial effort, as well as internal operations. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago.
Vana Patel has extensive experience in building innovative software products, initially through management positions at Motorola and Yahoo, and more recently at companies focused on agriculture and sustainability. Through collaborative project management and software planning, design, and launch she is driving a change in the tools used to improve agriculture. Previously, she led product development for as the Chief Operating Officer for Agrible, a precision agriculture company that sold to a large multinational input provider. At Motorleaf, she leads the international team developing and formatting CarbonBook℠ to function across all kinds of indoor agriculture facilities. Vana holds a M.S. in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Kyle started his career as a grower in both aquaponic and hydroponic operations focusing on leafy greens and lettuce production. After joining the BrightFarms greenhouse team in 2015, he was promoted to Key Account Manager for the company, focusing on the sale of produce to supermarket chains and distribution channels. Kyle later took a position with Hort Americas as a Sales Manager focusing on substrates, fertilizers, and LED lighting sales to CEA growers. In 2019, Kyle partnered with CropTalk Media to create #KyleTalksAgTech, a podcast segment that focuses on CEA, vertical farms, and greenhouse technology as well as CEA leaders. Kyle also advises multiple CEA companies, associations and trade shows.
Scott Dickson Dagondon
We are guided by a diverse team of seasoned industry veterans
Kirk Haney - Managing Partner – Radicle Growth
Kirk Haney is the Founder & Managing Partner at Radicle Growth and is passionate about food, health and sustainability. Under Kirk’s leadership, Radicle Growth has become a market leader in early-stage ag and food tech company building, partnering with great entrepreneurs to bring disruptive innovations to market while accelerating them by leveraging the Radicle Platform. A serial entrepreneur, Kirk has raised over $200M in venture capital, private equity and corporate capital and has had three successful exits. He’s worked in technology, venture capital and ag & food his entire career and has a clear understanding of what early-stage companies need to be successful. Previously, he served as President and CEO of SGB, an agricultural biotechnology company and was the Chairman and President of Green Millennium, the largest sustainable forestry project in the Americas. He also serves on many portfolio company boards and is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization.
Alan Rottenberg is a proven business leader with a record of transforming technology companies into industry leaders. During his 13 years at Cognos (now an IBM company) he was a senior vice president of marketing and business strategies, business intelligence, and analytical applications and was Chief Marketing Officer at Ceridian. Alan launched William Harris Venture Fund to finance startups in software, fintech and agritech, and he frequently mentors and provides operational guidance to the portfolio companies. Among those companies was Rypple Inc. which was acquired by Salesforce in 2012. Alan was appointed chairman of the board of N-able Technologies in 2011, a global leader in remote network and systems management software that was acquired by Solar Winds Inc. in 2013. Alan also held positions at Simware Inc., Comshare Ltd. and Computer Sciences Corp. Alan holds of Bachelor of Arts from the University of McGill in Montreal, Quebec.
Sharon Berberich has more than 25 years executive level experience in leading agribusiness companies, where she has held positions in R&D, regulatory science & affairs, licensing and M&A, business development, venture capital investment, specialty crops, field operations, and other crop-focused and crop protection businesses. Her track record includes roles at Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and start-up agtech companies Chlorogen, Kaiima Bioagritech, Plastomics and Aker. In those roles she has focused on business development and is well-known for her expertise in bringing small company innovation to larger players in the agriculture industry. In her role as a Board member of Motorleaf, Sharon has been instrumental in driving collaboration with the Danforth Plant Science Center, where the company is testing the carbon and yield impact of different indoor growth strategies. Sharon has a B.S. in Agriculture and Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Chris Hurst has over 35 years of Sales, Business Development and Operations leadership with a track record of building teams, growing businesses and markets across a range of products and services, including acquisition due diligence, integration and driving change across diverse teams. More recently, he has been advising early-stage companies on strategy, go-to-market approaches and partnerships; he excels in developing clear customer value propositions and in working with sales teams to refine their forecasts and processes. In his previous role at Cisco Systems, Chris led the Sales Strategy and Planning teams for the Global Service Provider business and the Americas Region. Prior to joining Cisco, Chris held key leadership positions at Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, Juniper Networks and spent 16 years in leadership roles at Sun Microsystems helping the company grow from $100M to over $18B in revenue. Chris has a BSBA in Finance from the University of Tulsa.
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