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Posts By Timothy Norman

Chicago-based Vertical Aquaponic Co. Hopes to Use Tech to Help Scale Urban Ag to Meet Future Food Needs

June 27, 2012 |

Photo: 312 Aquaponics.

312 Aquaponics is a Chicago-based startup with its sights set high. The company, founded by four ambitious young entrepreneurs develops proprietary aquaponic systems that it hopes to implement in sustainable, commercial-scale indoor urban farms in cities across the globe. Looking to the visionary business practices of Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs for inspiration and determined to turn profits in the early development years, CFO and co-founder Mario Spatafora believes the company has established a strong foundation on which it can build. Read More

Local Meat Coming to a Smartphone Near You! KC-based Startup Takes Aim at Meat Distribution Paradigm

June 11, 2012 |

AgLocal, a Kansas City-based tech startup, has designs for changing the meat distribution paradigm with a new web and mobile application that will make it easier for anyone to buy or sell locally raised meats. The company says its app will make local, high-quality meat available to more people with less waste, at subsequently lower prices, and with more money finding its way back to farmers. Changing the way American meat producers have done business for a century might smack of an excess of ambition, but Josh Coleman, the company’s Director of Sales & Marketing sees an industry hemorrhaging dollars and ripe for change. Read More