VP of Venture Investments Agriculture

"When I last spoke to [Norman] Borlaug, a few years before he passed away, I asked him about the past criticisms. Critics, he said, never wanted to answer the counterfactual questions: Where would the world be today if we had the same growth in population and affluence but none of the yield increases of the Green Revolution? Overuse of fertilizer, water-logging soils, loading up land with toxic salts from badly run irrigation schemes – these were real issues, he said. But wouldn’t you rather have these for problems than the kind of hunger we had in 1968? He asked me if I had ever been to a place where most of the people weren’t getting enough to eat. 'Not just poor, but actually hungry all the time', he said. I told him that I hadn’t been to such a place. 'That’s the point,' he said. 'When I was getting started, you couldn’t avoid them'" - The Wizard and the Prophet, by Charles C. Mann
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Agricultural technology investment

10 years investing in agricultural technologies

Life science expert

Trying, but usually not succeeding, to keep up with all of the latest breakthroughs in biology and chemistry

Career mentoring

Helping others find as much career happiness as he has found


Doing his small part to maintain a healthy population of pollinators

Derek is still surprised sometimes at how being raised on a small avocado ranch in Riverside, California by two biochemistry professors so fittingly led him to this career.

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