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Monsanto Harvests Big-Data Startup
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Re: Shrinking farmland
  • 10/22/2013 3:08:22 PM
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The saddest thing to hear is how much our agriculture is shrinking. Hopefully some new data driven techniques can help them bounce back a bit.

Re: Shrinking farmland
  • 10/17/2013 9:41:27 PM
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@Beth Well,  Monsanto said it will keep the company on as its own entity, so they shouldn't have much big company culture cramping their style -- at least not right from the outset.  As they're highly specialized, the data scientists may not find the anything comparable to what they have at Climate Corp. elsewhere. So leaving would be a major career transition, I'd imagine. Of course, some turnover is inevitable in takeovers.

Re: Shrinking farmland
  • 10/17/2013 9:22:34 PM
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I was thinking more the opposite -- that even if asked to stay they'd want to leave the big company behind!

 

Re: Shrinking farmland
  • 10/17/2013 2:43:06 PM
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@Beth they were a bit circumspect about revealing their plans for the future of the company, as the deal is not to be completed for a few months. My guess is that they will keep them on. 

Re: Shrinking farmland
  • 10/17/2013 2:39:49 PM
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Ariella, did Monsanto speak of any plans for The Climate Corp. founders? I wonder if they'll stick with the company or take their big-data-inspired entrepreneurial spirits elsewhere. 

Re: Shrinking farmland
  • 10/17/2013 2:23:18 PM
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@Beth well, my impression was that they consider this an expansion move, adding on that key component of weather to what they already have for soil, seeds, etc. They considered it more economical to acquire the company that already has the weather analytics down than to develop it on its own.

Re: Shrinking farmland
  • 10/17/2013 2:11:39 PM
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@Ariella, Monsanto definitely has put a lot of effort into sustainability -- that's true. So should we take its acquisition of The Climate Corp. for more data as a sign that those efforts aren't netting it the insight/results it desires or that it's simply expanding its view? I wonder....

Re: Very interesting
  • 10/17/2013 12:21:55 PM
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@tomsg could well be, though with price tags close to a billion dollars, not everyone will be able to afford them.

Re: Very interesting
  • 10/17/2013 11:18:14 AM
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Maybe we should take a look at the innovative companies in this area- they may be targets!

Re: Very interesting
  • 10/17/2013 10:18:17 AM
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@tomsg I'm sure it does, now that it will have the weather component of Climate Corp to offer others as a service.

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