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Where We Grow From Here

Where We Grow from Here offers perspectives and stories focused on innovation by those who are advancing the overall quality and sustainability of the food system. Featured guests include entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts, and policymakers offering unique perspectives on building a food system designed for the 21st century and beyond.

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Lessons From A Society Whose Complexity Rivals Our Own


Dr. Gene Robinson, distinguished professor and director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and recipient of the Wolf Prize in Agriculture, discusses the complexity of society, networks, information exchanges, and social evolution. Including some lessons we can all take away from honeybees.

Lessons From A Society Whose Complexity Rivals Our Own
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Why You Should Trust the Future with Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly has been on the forefront of technology journalism for decades. He cofounded and edited wired magazine, wrote numerous books about the future of technology, and is an unwavering optimist and staunch believer in the long term view of progress. In this episode he shares what makes him hopeful about our capacity to solve big problems.



Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture, VC and Beyond

Ebony Webber, COO of MANRRS, shares what she’s learned over 18 years of working to grow diversity and inclusion in the agriculture industry.



Battleships vs Skateboards: Toyota Ventures' Systems Investing Approach

Jim Adler, Founding Managing Director at Toyota Ventures discusses systems investing, farm robots and the future of autonomy.



A Better Story Starts Here

Katie Marston, CMO at Once Upon A Farm joins this episode to discuss the power of brands as an extension of one's own identity and values, the financial case for building a meaningful brand rooted in purpose, and the evolution of brand identity including talking more about Once Upon a Farm’s recent brand refresh.



Recycled Misconceptions with Footprint

Troy Swope, CEO of Footprint, and Darin Olien, co-host of Netflix’s Down to Earth with Zac Efron, Author of Superlife, and Host of The Darin Olien Show, join the S2G Ventures podcast. From plastics in our food, misconceptions on recycling, and end-of-life considerations for packaging, the problem of single-use plastic stretches across the globe. There is an enormous opportunity for innovation, plant-based solutions, and action. Beyond the mounting plastic problem and how Footprint brings much-needed innovation to packaging, guests focus on empowerment and how individuals can take small steps and find solutions in everyday life.



The Power of Why: A Guide for Growth with Back to the Roots

From their UC-Berkeley college dorms to over 14,000 stores globally, Back to the Roots is on a mission to reconnect every family & kid back to where food comes from by helping them experience the magic of growing it themselves. Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, Co-founders and co-CEO, Back to the Roots join the S2G Ventures podcast to discuss entrepreneurship, starting and growing a business for a new generation of consumers, and how they have used the WHY of their business as the guide for growth.



How to Build Your Brand for Exit

Romitha Mally has over 25 years of Wall Street experience and has led high-profile transactions in the food, beverage, and natural products industry. In this episode, we discuss Romitha’s background and notable lessons in working with founder-led companies to help articulate their vision and stories into strategic sales or IPOs. We touch on notable industry trends and discuss predictions for the year ahead, the evolution of public markets and SPACs, and tips for entrepreneurs and companies considering an IPO.



Abundant Oceans: The Economic and Environmental Opportunity for Ocean Restoration with Oceans 2050

We are delighted to welcome Oceans 2050 leaders Alexandra Cousteau and Megan Reilly Cayten to this episode. Guests discuss the transition from an abundant ocean to the state of the oceans today. We dive into the private sector opportunity ahead and discuss the interconnection of the climate crisis and the oceans. Beyond the issues and opportunities ahead for markets and investors, we discuss actions we can all take today.



How Shiru is Leveraging AI to Feed the World More Sustainably

We are excited to welcome scientist, engineer and entrepreneur Jasmin Hume to the podcast. We discuss Jasmin’s founder story and experience starting a company right before the pandemic hit, including how they continued to grow despite the unexpected challenges. The episode also highlights how Shiru helps food companies innovate away from animal-based solutions towards novel new plant proteins.



Carbon 101 and The Future of Carbon Markets

Alex Rau, Founding Partner of Environmental Commodity Partners LP (ECP) and Climate Wedge, joins us on this podcast episode. We talk about Alex's background, cover carbon 101: what it really means, what it doesn't mean, and explore how this commodity that is increasingly getting structured and formalized is important to several industries, including the food system.


The content in this podcast is for informational purposes only. It should not be taken as legal, business, tax or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security. The content is not directed toward any investor or potential investor in any S2G fund and is not a solicitation of investment.


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