67. Doug Fitch – Agworld

Charlie talks with the co-founder and CEO of Agworld, Doug Fitch. The 11-year old agtech business was sold to Vancouver-headquartered Semios earlier this year for more than A$100 million.

With his two co-founders, Doug pioneered data-driven farm management, working with agronomists and growing the business to more than 16,000 farms in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the US.

Growing up in Perth, he always wanted to be a farmer, and got there via a stint being a mechanic then working for the German multinational Bayer. His family has a farm out in Bruce Rock, in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia.

“When it comes to running a tech company, it’s a whole new language of SaaS metrics. I didn’t know what SaaS was. You have to build process into the business from day one, and it has to be repeatable, scalable, measurable processes, and then you have to be disciplined.” ~ Doug Fitch

For more: https://www.agworld.com/au/

and https://semios.com/


Startup West is recorded at MurdochxSpacecubed studio, during Perth Podcast Week, in beautiful downtown Perth, Western Australia; produced by Startup News, edited by Carmen Yee Kai Wen and brought to you thanks to support from the New Industries Fund, Spacecubed, Curtin University, RSM, the City of Perth and Dinner Twist.

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