- Ag Technology
- Business & Product Strategy
- Cloud-based Data Analytics
- International Development
An accomplished senior executive with over twenty-five years’ experience in SAAS software, data solutions, and agriculture, Dave has guided the product, business development, and marketing strategies of numerous technology and data companies. His area of expertise focuses on delivering new value across the agricultural value chain through the applied use of all data sources, analytics, and data integration to generate high-value agricultural intelligence.
As a farm-raised Iowan and graduate of Iowa State University, Dave has leveraged his early experience in Ag retail with Land O Lakes and Bayer Chemical with extensive leadership experience at software and data technology companies such as Dun & Bradstreet, Microsoft, and aWhere to offer distinct insight into the Ag Tech market place.
Dave has operationally transitioned five companies from custom development models to product-based software and data enterprises by providing strategy, operations and organizational leadership during start-up, high-growth, re-engineering, and transition periods. His leadership directly supported each company’s strategic objectives to expand market opportunities, leverage existing products and relationships, and enable new product initiatives – from conceptualization through business plans, budgets, design, marketing and business development.
- Technology and Product Strategy
- Business Development and Partnerships
- Online Education Systems
- International Development
After receiving an electrical engineering degree from MIT and spending four formative years with an instrument division at Hewlett Packard, Jim Pollock has been involved in several early stage technology companies including three startups of his own. His passion has always been innovative product design that changes the way people do business. Jim has spent the last 8 years in global data analytics solutions for agriculture.
Jim was the engineering manager and marketing director for Structural Measurement Systems in Silicon Valley, an HP software spinoff which was later acquired by publicly held GenRad. He was then the marketing manager for Real-Time CASE tools for Santa Clara’s Integrated Systems which merged with Wind River Systems followed by an IPO. Jim was the Director of Marketing for Software & Systems at Ohio-based IRD Mechanalysis which was acquired by a competitor. He then co-founded two electronic-learning startup companies: one was acquired, and the other a “learning experience”.
Leveraging his startup experience, Jim was the director of CTEK, the Colorado Technology Incubator in Boulder where he shared his entrepreneurial experiences with early stage startups surrounding them with mentors, honing their business model, and preparing them to approach investors. Jim joined aWhere in April 2007 where he led product strategy for the development of a global high resolution weather database providing field level weather, crop and pest information for commercial farmers in North and South America and by text messaging to thousands of small holder farmers in Africa and South Asia.