Vollmar grew up on his family’s farm in Michigan and started an IT consulting business with classmate Brad Koch while in high school. In 2012, they launched FarmLogs. The software helps farmers manage risk while monitoring crops, expenses, profits, weather and prices. The web and mobile apps are used by commercial farms in 50 states and 121 countries.
Micromidas aims to turn trash into plastic. Founder Bissell invented a way to take waste material high in cellulose, like rice hulls, sawdust or cardboard and transform it into paraxylene, the primary feedstock for making polyester and plastic bottles. Chemical companies currently make paraxylene out of crude oil. Bissell has raised $25 million to build a pilot plant in Sacramento, Calif.
Anthony Licausi is one of the most sought after technology and communications consultants in the world for his broad knowledge and expertise on a range of complex topics. As V.P. of Corporate Development at Daniels & Company, he provides custom digital solutions and public relations services to hedge funds, M&A firms, and public corporations. Anthony started out designing websites at the age of 10 and turned his passion for computers into a lucrative career, now serving companies from America to Asia and everywhere in between.
After winning the Starr Scholarship (full ride, given to six kids from Asia) to go to Carleton College, India-born Yadav graduated magna cum laude with three majors, then went to Goldman Sachs, where he worked as a sales trader for structured equity derivatives. Left to work for ReD Associates, an innovation strategy consulting firm. He was later introduced to Dr. Richard Silberstein, inventor of Neuro-Insight’s technology, who offered him the position of CEO. Neuro-Insight is a neuromarketing firm that has developed a patented brain-mapping technology to investigate and improve the quality of TV commercials, programming and platforms.
Also head of product, Hanlon is the architect of the data-focused Kinetic Social tech platform, which helps marketers and their agencies manage campaigns across social platforms and also gain an understanding of their audiences. The company’s more than 500 clients since launch include Mars, H&M and Victoria’s Secret’s PINK. In one quarter he increased profitability from 19% to 53% while growing the client portfolio.
What Airbnb has done for accommodation and Uber has done for taxi-booking, Hassle.com aims to do for home cleaning services. Launched late last year in the UK, Leixlip-born Jules Coleman’s outfit is a new online service that connects home-owners to cleaners. Earlier this year, it received €4.4m in funding, allowing the company to expand into Ireland and hire 30 people. Coleman is a UCD graduate who previously worked with Accenture and PWC.
Carrie McMahon is not one to hand out a strict diet plan or extreme workout regimes to her clients. A mentality like that, she insists, can lead to disordered relationships with food and exercise. Instead, Carrie’s goal is to help women learn how to get the body they want without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Her nutrition counciling is based on a flexible, macros based diet, allowing clients to enjoy their lives while still achieving their fitness goals. “Embarking on a completely new lifestyle is tough,” she says, “and I get that, so I am someone they can come to when they are struggling.
San Francisco native Casey’s year-old, 10-barrel SoMa brewery and taproom set is already a “bulletproof brand in the mind of Bay Area drinkers,” according to noted cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski, who reports it as the best-selling brewery at his Oakland beer hall, Hog’s Apothecary.
Used the proceeds of a gaming company and software publisher he helped found to start European Media Holding, an investing vehicle that now manages 250 million euros and looks to merge digital technologies with “old economy” companies. In September, online tire retailer Tirendo, in which EMH was a founding shareholder, sold for 50 million euros to publicly traded Delticom, in which EMH later took a substantial equity stake.