Don Taylor, AmplifiedAg, Inc.
Indoor Ag-Con 2021 speaker Don Taylor is the founder and CEO of AmplifiedAg, Inc. Here, he passionately leads the company with expertise in engineering innovation to develop technology solutions for sustainable farming practices.
A Humanitarian Mindset
Don’s humanitarian mindset is reflected in AmplifiedAg’s mission to provide global access to safe food, while not harming the planet in the process. The company manufactures indoor container farms and technologies to grow nutritious food directly at the point of consumption. AmplifiedAg’s Vertical Roots brand is the largest hydroponic container farm in the world. Its leafy greens available in over 1,600 retailers in the U.S.
A software industry veteran for more than 30 years, Don has developed and provided advanced software solutions to the healthcare. He has also provided software solutions to banking and logistics industries, and now for indoor agriculture.
In 2001, Don founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of BoxCar Central, Inc. BoxCar Central is a multi-tenant suite of SaaS applications for the third-party logistics market. The company has now been absorbed by AmplifiedAg. Before founding AmplifiedAg in 2016, from 2006 to 2015, Don served as Chief Technology Officer for Benefitfocus, Inc.. While at this leading provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions, Don he elevated the company’s platform architecture, security, infrastructure and product strategy.
A Brief Retirement
What was anticipated retirement in 2015 became a brief sabbatical. That’s because Don developed soaring concerns for the planet’s massive environmental and ecological issues and its impacts on growing fresh, safe food across the globe. He recognized an opportunity to apply his years of technology experience toward creating agtech focused solutions. The goal? To help increase the availability of sustainably grown food while decreasing the negative environmental impacts of traditionally grown food.
Before his software career, Don served 4 years in the United States Navy. He was an electrician on a Navy surface ship. Acquired through his service, Don’s applied his expert knowledge of electricity, plumbing, mechanical architecture and closed loop systems in tight spaces to engineering AmplifiedAg indoor farms in shipping containers.
An influential industry leader, Don is a regular keynote speaker at indoor farming and agtech summits and conferences across the globe. Don currently serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Charleston’s Engineering program.