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.
Tiffany Pham founded MOGUL, a worldwide platform connecting women to top trending content, including articles, videos, jobs, events, and products that are personalized to their interests. By curating content from third parties, producing original content, and enabling users to also contribute, the platform empowers women to share knowledge and discover new opportunities around the world they would otherwise not have access to.
Arnold Leung is reading a lot about Julius Caesar these days, which is fitting, considering that the 28-year-old is expanding Appnovation, his open-source IT development service, on a global scale. “Back then there was no Internet to manage things; you had to communicate by pigeons, so it’s interesting that he was able to organize such a massive country for so long,” says Leung from his Gastown office. Appnovation, founded in Vancouver in 2007, has since expanded to Atlanta, the U.K. and Asia, and is now heading east to Montreal. Although Leung admires Caesar, he recognizes the irony of his fascination: “He got killed in the end, but at least he was around for a while.”
As Bitcoin gradually becomes a mainstream phenomenon, Coinbase is trying to make it easy to use. The former Goldman Sachs currency trader is attempting to build “the PayPal for Bitcoin”; Coinbase is trying to make cryptocurrency accessible to the everyday consumer and merchant. Has raised $30 million from high profile VCs like Andreessen Horowitz, making it the top-funded Bitcoin start-up.