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Going Deep with Aaron Watson

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Oct 14, 2019

Austin Webb is leading a startup that aims to upend the food system. How? By using robotics and AI to build and operate highly efficient, commercial-scale urban vertical farms.

 

In late September 2019, his company Fifth Season (originally founded as RoBotany) came out of stealth mode by announcing a $35 million round of funding. With this capital, it plans to build its first commercial-scale indoor vertical farm to be located just outside Pittsburgh, in Braddock. 

 

The startup plans to expand into other similarly-sized cities throughout the US.

 

In this episode, Austin and Aaron discuss the seismic impact Austin believes vertical farming can have, how this model reduces labor costs & water usage, and the composition of the team pursuing this goal.

 

Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.

 

Austin’s Challenge; For an entire week, try to eat only fresh food for every meal.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out our other interviews with top Pittsburgh entrepreneurs Jason Wolfe and Cooper Munroe.



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