CEO & Founder of Innov8.ag
Steve is the founder of innov8.ag, a Walla Walla Washington-based agtech startup and Microsoft-partnered company. Prior to embarking on the startup, Steve spent 12 years at Microsoft where he most recently focused on Microsoft’s fastest growing product line, Azure Cloud. His leadership skills contributed to growing Azure from a $100M to a $10B+/year business over 6 years. After his time spent at the Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Steve decided to relocate his family of four to Walla Walla, Washington, in the summer of 2018. He envisions this location as the perfect base for ag startups given the convergence of progressive farmers and three colleges with strengths in agriculture, engineering, science, established ag manufacturers, strong connectivity providers, and a highly collaborative business climate. An Australian by birth, Steve has his MBA from the University of Washington.
Harmony comes from a family with multiple atmospheric scientists. As a result, she developed an early interest in science. As a doctor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, she is very interested in working on weather/climate related applications to solve real-world problems. She has over six years experience in advanced quantitative analysis of large datasets, predictive modeling and algorithm development and testing. Harmony’s love for working with data led her to her current job at innov8.ag where she applies her knowledge and skills to derive data-driven solutions for modern farming. By assimilating and leveraging a variety of farm-level observations as well as non-local forecasts and data sources, we develop a more coherent picture of current and future conditions, allowing for more-informed decision making.
The focus of the role would be to join our Smart Orchard team and:
Validate & prioritize ROI-centric KPIs for orchard growers, with an emphasis on those that tie to sensor & image-based telemetry (particularly for data that's repeatable across other crops)
Collaborate with data scientists & researchers to build data model that identifies actionable insights that can impact KPIs
Validate feedback from researchers & growers on efficacy of data models
We’re looking for a sharp Masters level or PhD student with:
ag economics & strong stats/analysis education
comfortable accessing data via SQL calls
deep understanding of predictive modeling, machine-learning, clustering and classification techniques, and algorithms
advanced analysis & visualization capabilities (eg using R or Python for ML work)
This is Bailey, a recent graduate of the Walla Walla Community College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Systems program. She also holds an Associates of Arts in Plant and Soil Sciences as well as in Enology and Viticulture. Over the years she has gained experience in sales, marketing, crop insurance, wine-making, and even being a Washington Wine Grower. She prides herself in her experiences and knowledge in AgTech, agroecosystem sciences, crop management, and building cooperative relationships in the Agriculture community.
This is Ioan Lascoe. He was born and raised in Northern California. Ioan will be working closely with our marketing partner Red Canoe Creative. Due to his upbringing within the foothills of California, he thoroughly enjoys the outdoors where he spends a majority of his free time in nature either snowboarding, mountain biking, or fishing. Ioan graduated from Walla Walla University in 2020 with a Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing where he had the opportunity to meet Steve Mantle and the other team members of innov8.ag. He's thrilled to have the opportunity to join a team focused on making an impact in the world of agriculture.
Finance & Marketing Specialist
This is Joel Wagness, our videographer/ photographer, who not only does videos and pictures, but helps with both the finance and marketing side of things. He was drawn to be a part of innov8.ag because of how they look for innovative ways to solve problems. Joel graduated from Walla Walla University in 2020 with a BBA in Finance. Apart from school and work, he tries to get outside as possible and enjoys just about any sport you can think of. Joel is extremely excited about the work Innov8.ag is doing because of the relevance and importance of our company, especially in today’s world as agriculture is more important than ever.
Our Advisory Board
Tuctronics has been engineering telemetry products for agricultural control and monitoring for over 20 years. Tuctronics’ AgriNET is a cross-platform application that enables growers & stakeholder at over 1,000 farms to access the data created by 1st & 3rd party hardware.