David Potere is Co-founder and CEO of TellusLabs, a company that combines decades of satellite imagery with machine learning to predict crop yields and help its customers, which range from farmer to hedge fund manager.
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[02:55] Humble beginnings in satellite imagery from the Navy to Boston Consulting Group. [09:34] The range of problems TellusLabs is solving for its customers. [17:01] TellusLabs products Kernel vs Argus [19:01] Why satellite imagery now. [22:43] Training models with decades of satellite imagery data, discussion of imagery quality. [29:49] USDA approach to forecasting and how TellusLabs differs. [33:40] How approach to yield forecasting in U.S. differs from other countries. [35:11] Yield forecasting in Brazil and LatAm. [40:36] More on how customers are using these solutions, from hedge funds to farmers. [51:52] Market size vs market potential for satellite imagery solutions. [55:36] Lessons learned building TellusLabs. [58:13] Boston startup ecosystem, distributed teams, startup accelerators.