Welcome to Inc.'s Founders Project With Alexa Von Tobel podcast--where we bring you stories of the entrepreneurs building the future. Listen to tales of guts, inspiration, and drive that define the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each week, we dig into a founder's professional playbook--and uncover what makes them tick. On this week's episode:
How Skepticism Can Fuel You with Irving Fain of Bowery Farming
What if we could make farming faster, safer, and more sustainable? Turns out we can. Meet Bowery Farming, the largest vertical farming company in the United States. Launched by Irving Fain in 2015, Bowery Farming uses a proprietary operating system--Bowery OS--which leverages A.I., robotics, and computer vision systems to allow its farms to grow traceable produce at 100 times the rate of traditional agriculture. Today, Bowery Farming produce is sold in more than 800 stores across the United States. The company has raised over $472 million to date and is valued at over $2 billion. Fain explains how Bowery Farming grew during the pandemic, why he believes indoor farming is the future of the agriculture landscape, and why listening to skeptics can strengthen your business.