Future of Agriculture 120: Data to Improve Aquaculture Farms with Tony Chen of Manolin

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Tony Chen is the Co-Founder of Manolin Inc., a new startup in the aquaculture space. Manolin is a software company that aims to accelerate resource sharing between salmon farms as well as prevent and manage sea lice outbreaks through digital health management. Before co-founding Manolin, Tony was developing software for the U.S. government and was only interested in aquaculture as a hobby. His fascination grew to new heights when he discovered how oyster farming works and the plight of its farmers.

Tony joins me today to share his thoughts on aquaculture and why he thinks it’s going to radically change the way we look at agriculture in the near future. He explains what aquaculture is all about, how he believes it can contribute to solving the world food production crisis, and how their company aims to help ocean farmers. He discusses some of the issues of aquaculture and how they tie with the ocean’s current problems. He also describes why they worked with HATCH among other startup accelerators in the industry.

“Aquaculture is another industrial revolution and the world is starting to recognize that.” - Tony Chen

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • What is Aquaculture and how can it impact the future of agriculture?
  • Why he focused on Aquaculture despite having a degree in Computer Science from MIT.
  • What is Manolin and what do they aim to do?
  • Their clients and what their operation might look like.
  • Why they pursued a partnership with the startup accelerator HATCH.
  • The challenges and benefits of being a U.S. company operating in a foreign country.
  • His advice to startups planning to work with accelerators.
  • Why people need to pay more attention to aquaculture.
  • How their app works and what it can provide to its users.

Key Takeaways:

  • We're at a stage where there is an opportunity for regeneration in the ocean.
  • Knowing what's happening at a nearby farm is just as important as what's happening at your specific farm.
  • The lack of aquaculture is one of the larger problems when you think about food production globally.

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