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Motorleaf Adds Agriculture Industry Powerhouse to Board of Directors to Guide Corporate Growth and Technology Advancement
Daphne Preuss to Bring Extensive Agriculture Industry and Company-Building Expertise to Motorleaf
MONTREAL – January 29, 2020 – Motorleaf, the innovators behind the AI-based system that creates customized yield prediction algorithms for greenhouse crop growers, today announced that Daphne Preuss has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Preuss joins Motorleaf’s team at a critical time in its growth trajectory as the company looks to ramp up partnership and co-development efforts and fundraising. She will mentor and support Motorleaf’s management with business development, strategic alignment, executive functions and partnership structure.
“With an extensive network in agtech and a high-level scientific background, we look forward to the mentorship Daphne will provide. Daphne’s extensive business building expertise will help guide our partnership conversations, pricing strategy and network expansion,” said Scott Dickson Dagondon, Co-Founder and Director of A.I. at Motorleaf. “We also look forward to Daphne’s guidance on new applications and use cases for our technology as we continue to develop our customized yield prediction algorithms.”
Preuss founded, built, and served for 11 years as President and CEO of Chromatin Inc, a leading innovator that developed and distributed higher yielding sorghum seed to growers in over 50 countries. In her tenure with Chromatin she built the firm to $40M in annual revenue, acquiring and integrating several seed operations. Prior to joining Chromatin, Preuss was a Professor and Howard Hughes Investigator at the University of Chicago. She served for six years as Chair the NCBI, the NIH's DNA database division, and was a member of BIO's Food & Agriculture Section Governing Board. Daphne has also served as an Executive Board member or Operating Partner leading startups through value inflections and M&A processes, including achieving a high-multiple return for SnapGene, a biology software company.
“I am passionate about taking innovators to the next level by helping them to develop ironclad go-to-market strategies, intellectual property and leading them through major inflection points and M&A processes in their company trajectory,” said Daphne Preuss. “Motorleaf’s AI system is addressing an exciting challenge in sustainable agriculture. With customized algorithms that optimize precise prediction of yield, the company has the potential to transform this rapidly growing industry segment. I look forward to helping the company to achieve its full potential.”
Situated within a global hub of innovation in artificial intelligence, Motorleaf is a Montreal-based AI company whose primary innovation is AI-powered yield prediction that enables growers to know the quantity of their future harvests weeks in advance with unprecedented accuracy. Combining plant science with data science, Motorleaf leverages AI and machine learning to support data-driven decision making. Since the company was founded in 2016, greenhouses worldwide have benefited from actionable insights that growers to optimize resources, reduce costs, minimize waste, and enjoy predictable growth.
Danielle Dougan for Motorleaf