MATT BARNARD

CEO, PLENTY INC.

Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Plenty – an indoor farming company building a global network of field-scale indoor farms to transform produce from a boring commodity to a delicious movement. Located near communities around the world, Plenty farms will utilize cutting-edge growing technologies and proven plant science to deliver industry-leading yields of locally-grown, backyard-fresh produce. By shaving thousands of miles and weeks off the journey from farm to table, Plenty will transition agriculture to a reliable, predictable, and resource-efficient model.

Before Plenty, Matt worked to found, build, grow and scale multiple high-growth technology companies in the areas of core network, CDN, telecom, water, electric and gas utilities in addition to corporate development work for Nest, Dropcam, Mightybell and others. Matt’s roles included Whalen & Company where Matt served as President and COO of a $100MM specialty engineering firm that designed and deployed the core networks for all major wireless carriers in the U.S., Search Fund Capital which was founded by Matt by raising $15MM to head a single-industry private equity fund, 523 Capital where he served as Managing Operating Partner of a fund that delivered an 80% annual return to investors, and SmartSynch – a cellular smartgrid company where he worked as VP of Deployment to scale the firm to a 100% growth rate before it was acquired by Itron for $100MM.

Matt earned an MS from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and both a BA and BM from Northwestern University.


See Matt speak at the 6th Annual Indoor Ag-Con on May 2-3, 2018 

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