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[Podcast] Aidan Connolly: Dairy tech startups in the spotlight

Progressive Dairy Published on 14 October 2020

Aidan Connolly, president of AgriTech Capital, joins Editor Walt Cooley in this episode. This is an exclusive interview and a follow-up to the Global Dairy Tech Startup Spotlight which was held in the first part of October 2020. Connolly played a critical role in pulling the event together. Rewatch the event by going to Connolly talks more about dairy tech startups and their role in the industry in the next five years. 



Here is a breakdown of the episode:

Describe what keeps you busy every day. [~2:00]

Describe in brief what the Global Dairy Tech Startup Spotlight is. [~3:00]

What’s your top-level takeaway (or two) from the Global Dairy Tech Startup Spotlight if a farmer missed the event? [~5:30]

What did you personally learn or discover from the event that was new? [~7:15]

What’s one company or technology category that didn’t participate that you wished would have? [~9:00]

What do you hope the event accomplished? [~10:30]

What is the role of technology in the future of dairy farming? [~12:30]

What missteps of dairy tech startups have you seen and tried to avoid? [~14:15]

What are the stages of progression for a dairy tech startup? [~17:00]

How can farmers and tech companies better get on the same page to accelerate tech adoption in the dairy industry? [~20:00]

Explain the idea of meeting a “screaming need” that dairy tech companies are chasing. [~22:00]

How do the dairy industry’s recent slim margins affect technology adoption? [~24:45]


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