Meet the AgFunder Team

AgFunder was founded in 2013 by Michael Dean and Rob Leclerc. Based in Silicon Valley, we're one of the most active foodtech and agtech VCs globally. Through our media and research arm, headed by Louisa Burwood Taylor, AgFunder has become the global epicenter for agrifood tech investing with a global community of over 60,000 subscribers, giving us one of the most well conntected networks help support our portfolio companies. Robin Chauhan heads our technology team that has assembled a knowledge based of nearly 30,000 agrifood tech startups. Robin and his team are also building Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms to help our investment team exhaustively patrol for new investment opportunities.

Michael Dean, LLM
Michael Dean, LLM
FOUNDING PARTNER

Michael is an entrepreneur and investor with a background in agriculture, finance and law.

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Rob Leclerc, PhD
Rob Leclerc, PhD
FOUNDING PARTNER

Entrepreneur, scientist, and engineer. Rob is a leading expert on agtech with a PhD from Yale University.

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Tom Shields
Tom Shields
VENTURE PARTNER

Tom has started two tech companies with over $100m exits and was MD at a $300m early-stage VC fund.

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Louisa Burwood-Taylor
Louisa Burwood-Taylor
HEAD OF MEDIA & RESEARCH

Louisa is a journalist and editor with experience covering Asian, European, and US financial markets.

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Robin R Chauhan
Robin R Chauhan
HEAD OF ENGINEERING

Lead developer, data scientist, program manager. Robin specializes in SaaS platforms, e-commerce, and machine learning.

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John Denniston, JD
John Denniston, JD
INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

John is a former Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins and is Chairman of Shared-X which is closing the Yield Gap in Emerging Markets

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Paul Matteucci, MBA
Paul Matteucci, MBA
INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Paul Matteucci is a Partner at US Venture Partners and founder of FoodCrunch.

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Leonardo Fonseca
Leonardo Fonseca
INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Leo worked as CFO and FP&A manager for various GE Industrial and Financial Services businesses in the US, Europe and Latin America.

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Quinten Eggink
Quinten Eggink
INVESTMENT ANALYST

Quinten studied math and economics and interned at SOSV's biotech accelerator IndieBio before joining AgFunder.

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Lauren Manning, LLM
Lauren Manning, LLM
JOURNALIST

Lauren is a Food & Ag Attorney, and Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Arkansas and a Cattle and Sheep Rancher.

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Manuel Gonzalez, MBA
Manuel Gonzalez, MBA
SENIOR ADVISOR

Manuel is Founder of Global RIFF and Former Head of Innovation at Rabobank

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Patrick Vizzone, MBA
Patrick Vizzone, MBA
SENIOR ADVISOR

Patrick is the Asian Head of Institutional Banking at National Australia Bank and is a Board Member of COFCO's China Agri-Industries Holdings.

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Justin Bruch, MBA
Justin Bruch, MBA
ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN

A leading agronomist, Justin has managed large-scale farms on four continents and is a frequent speaker at global Ag conferences.

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Brad Farquhar
Brad Farquhar
SENIOR ADVISOR

Co-founder and CFO of Input Capital Corp., the world's first agriculture streaming company.

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Adam Hanft
Adam Hanft
SENIOR ADVISOR

An internationally-known marketing and branding expert, Adam is founder and CEO of Hanft Projects, a boutique, special-opps brand strategy firm.

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John Simon, Ambassador
John Simon, Ambassador
SENIOR ADVISOR

Served as US Ambassador to the African Union, Special Assistant to the President, and Executive VP of the Overseas Investment Corp.

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