Tule Technologies

NewRelic for agriculture: Remote stress monitoring and irrigation optimization

LOCATION Oakland, CA

COMPANY SIZE Between 5 and 10

# OF ENGINEERS Less than 5

FUNDING $1M - $2M

REMOTE WORK OK? No

EXTENDED EXERCISE WINDOW? No

TAGS Internet of Things, Logistics, SaaS, YC Summer 2014

What do we do?

Tule answers the two most important questions a farmer needs to know for maximizing profitability:

1) How stressed are my plants? (risk)
2) How much water should I apply to optimize production? (yield and quality)

Our product is built on a new sensor technology that gives us a fundamental technological advantage. The technology has been validated by UC Davis researchers to be more accurate than any other commercially available option.

Tule has the potential to dramatically improve the world's food supply while simultaneously minimizing wasted water.

Why join us?

1) Work on something that matters. We are helping feed the world with minimal environmental impact. That is something to be proud of.
2) We have true step-function technical advantage that gives us capabilities nobody else can do
3) It is medium data (which is all the product benefits of big data, without the ops nightmare)
4) Customer visits are to farm fields, not cube farms.

Technical challenges

1) Managing a large fleet of sensors
2) Characterizing atmospheric turbulence in code
3) Integration with multiple satellite sources
4) Translating hard-core data to simple actionable customer UI

Our press coverage

http://issuu.com/winebusinessmonthly/docs/wbm_2015_07_july/42
http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/21/tule-is-a-crop-hydration-sensor-for-the-tech-savvy-farmer/

Our Founders

Jeff LaBarge

CTO        

Building novel technology to enable farmers to grow more food with fewer resources. YC S14

Tom Shapland

CEO      

PhD in Crop and Atmospheric Science

Our tech stack

  • iOS/Swift
  • R
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PostgreSQL

Our investors

  • Khosla Ventures
  • Bloomberg Beta