Innovating on the farm with Bethany Deshpande, Founder & CEO @ Soma Detect

July 20, 2018

On this week’s show, we spoke with Bethany Deshpande, Founder & CEO @ Soma Detect. Bethany is a highly motivated, big-picture thinker who has more than a decade of experience in science and entrepreneurship, and is always excited to tackle big problems in big ways. Bethany believes that hard work and kindness will always pay off. Bethany is most known for her work with youth at the SHAD summer program, her research in subarctic, permafrost environments, her singing abilities and her adoration of chocolate. Bethany was a Schmeelk Canada Fellow, has won the Leadership and Sustainability Scholarship, and the Student Services Award for Leadership Excellence. Bethany completed a PhD in Biology at Université Laval throughout which she studied microbial activity in northern ecosystems, and gained experience using sensor technology in remote, extreme environments.

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How she moved from the world of academia to a tech startup
  • What she learned about sensor technology
  • The process of accidental innovation
  • Soma Detect’s mission to help dairy farmers
  • Her plan to scale the team and company

Bethany exudes passion about her work. She’s working in an exciting new field that is ripe with new possibilities. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

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