Greenfield Robotics is pleased to announce that Eric Uhrhane, a Silicon Valley angel investor with a number of high-fliers in his portfolio, has made an investment in the company.
Eric was an engineer at Google for over a decade, from pre-IPO till 2017. As a generalist engineer, Eric worked on a plethora of projects over the years, including Chrome, the Linux kernel, and drone avionics for Makani (Google[X]). He is currently a principal engineer at Elemeno Health, a company that is using technology to enable and drive best practices in front-line care. He began angel investing in 2009, and a number of companies in his portfolio have recently raised rounds or exited with valuations in the $100M-$1B range, including Astranis, Relativity Space, Segment, PlanGrid, and Fivetran.
“Over the past few years I have been focusing my investments on companies that have the potential to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people,” says Eric. “Agriculture has been a particular interest of mine, with recent investments in Pyka, Pheronym, Picktrace, Thrive Agric, and Kisan Network. With global population projected to reach 10 Billion in 2050, current agricultural systems aren’t going to be able to meet the growing need for food without taking an even greater toll on the environment. We must figure out new ways to feed humanity. Greenfield has a truly audacious goal of eliminating chemicals from food, sequestering carbon on a huge scale, and improving farmer profitability along the way - turning agriculture into a business that is sustainable both environmentally and economically.”
“When I first met with Eric, something immediately clicked,” says Clint Brauer, Co-Founder/CEO of Greenfield Robotics. “His intellectual curiosity regarding our business along with his passion for the mission signaled that he would be a great partner. When I learned about his track record as an investor, I knew that we wanted to be part of that terrific portfolio.”
Greenfield Robotics is developing robots to replace chemicals in agriculture, and to enable large-scale implementation of carbon farming, a new system of farming that holds the promise of sequestering carbon in farmland on a global scale.