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CORE TEAM

Our team is experienced and multi-disciplinary.

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MANU PILLAI
FOUNDER/ CEO

Manu has over 30 years of experience in technology, management, startups and a few patents from camera systems to wireless systems. He has successfully built and sold unique commercial technologies for the agricultural industry like WaterBit Inc. Those who know him say Manu is a "powerhouse of Silicon Valley knowledge, experience, and leadership with respect to all aspects of product development – from proof-of-concept to sales".

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BILL KOUTNY
HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY

Bill has over 30 years of experience in gases, chemicals in chip fabs with several patents and deep expertise in R, data cleansing, machine learning and more. He worked with Manu at WaterBit, and addresses challenges from a physics / thermodynamics point of view. With his background in gases and chemicals, he also runs point on lab safety.

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WARREN HUTCHINGS
BIOMASS SOURCING

Warren has over 30+ years in agriculture across the US West Coast, from agronomy to compliance. He helps identify reliable sources of quality biomass. 

Interested in joining our team? We are recruiting! 

ADVISORS

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STEVEN ANDERSON

Steven is a chemical engineer who is currently an SVP at Gallo/G3. He has over 30 years in chemical engineering projects. He has a background in renewables, environmental compliance, gases, fermentation and scaling. 

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TJ RODGERS, PhD

TJ is the founder of Cypress Semiconductor. During his time as CEO, the company acquired over 30 businesses, partnered with Apple Inc., received thousands of patents, made over $1.6 billion in revenue, and helped establish SunPower. TJ is deeply involved in the green economy, from Enovix to Enphase.

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AARON KNEWTSON

Aaron is a Vice President of Food and Agribusiness at Compeer, in Lakeville, Minn. He brings over 15 years of experience in lending to commercial food, fuel and feed processing industries, as well as public financing for rural health care facilities.

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