Our team spent the last three months researching and monitoring the coronavirus situation and trying to understand the impact on the food system. The research ranges from desktop research to monitoring news outlets and speaking to various experts. We spent time speaking with epidemiologists, healthcare professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other investors to gather insights and develop a perspective on the implications of COVID-19 on food and agriculture.
The question of who is responsible for combating climate change is a loaded question, and one that has generated decades of debate among scientists, government, NGOs and the private sector. But the time for debate – and passing blame – has come and gone, we all need to step up and do our part. We have a unique opportunity to serve as a change agent by backing big, innovative thinking around climate solutions.
To bring true impact, we must build a stable, healthy and trustworthy food system for all people. This core belief is what makes us so passionate about our recent investment in Everytable - a food company with a powerful mission to make healthy food accessible to everyone. Learn more about how one LA based company is evolving at a critical moment and helping those in need.
Entrepreneurs are at the forefront of innovation, bringing new ideas and solutions to solve some of the biggest challenges we face as a society - reversing agriculture's contribution to climate change, meeting the growing demands for food in a world affected by climate change, and combating chronic disease and rising healthcare costs by bringing healthier food to more people. Now they are bringing out-of-the-box thinking to tackling hardships posed by coronavirus in the communities in which they serve.
While there are certainly many challenges ahead, we believe we have an important role to play in investing behind entrepreneurs that can solve today’s problems in a way that can have far-reaching positive impacts. Innovators in the food and agriculture industry have been working for decades on solutions that can lead not only to food security, but also to healthier people and a healthier planet.
As a former CEO and founder, I am always trying to learn from our CEOs and other experienced executives how to be a better leader. I am infinitely curious about leadership, who does it well, what they do and how they engage with their people or customers or investors. It is beautiful when done right. What type of action-packed philosophies will you bring to your startup?