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Focus As An Accelerant to Startup Growth: A Case Study

Thursday, March 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm • Organized By Venture Cafe St. Louis
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On the 3rd week of each month, The Yield Lab invites top agtech entrepreneurs and scientists to share lessons learned to take innovative ideas globally.

Entrepreneurs are enthusiastic achievers who aspire to succeed in business by bringing a unique offering to their customers. In this quest, they sometimes stretch themselves and their teams trying many different things that might be successful. Trying too many things with limited resources can actually hinder the success of the enterprise or worse. Business literature is full of stories of companies who tried to do too many things. But how to does one achieve focus on the one or two things that can make you successful. Raj Ketkar will present and discuss a case study of an Ag Technology company where he was the CEO.

Raj retired as president, CEO and member of the board of directors of Arcadia Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: RKDA) in September 2019 and is currently Principal Consultant at RDK Global Consulting LLC. His experience includes building and leading businesses in agricultural chemicals, seeds, plant biotechnology, and chemical manufacturing. His broad functional experience includes global commercial business, biotechnology R&D and manufacturing. In Arcadia Biosciences, he transformed the business from a technology licensing to a product-oriented model in the health and nutrition ingredients products space. Earlier in Monsanto, he launched Bt cotton – the first and most successful Ag Biotech product in India that changed the Indian cotton landscape; and launched a new agricultural chemicals and plant biotechnology products in US and in international markets. He is experienced in India, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Raj has a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Raj is an Advisor and Mentor with The Yield Lab Asia Pacific

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