Semios founder Michael Gilbert is stepping down at the end of this month after leading the company for 13 years.
“At the end of this month, I’ll be moving on from my CEO role and focusing on my Semios board responsibilities. I’m looking forward to helping the company identify and onboard a new CEO who can lead this next phase and serve our community of growers, a process that’s already underway,” Gilbert wrote on LinkedIn.
Founded in 2010, Vancouver-based Semios offers Precision Agriculture as a Service™ that started with real-time crop data and pest management tools for growers of tree fruit, nuts and other permanent crops.
The agtech has now deployed millions of sensors across hundreds of millions of acres worldwide to help growers manage irrigation, frost, disease and pests with more precision and fewer resources.
One year ago Semios raised $100 million in new funding led by Morningside Group, a Boston-based private equity and venture capital firm committed to investing in socially responsible businesses. That round brought their total raised to over $225 million in external capital.
At the time Gilbert said, “Semios is on a mission to simplify the grower’s experience, leveraging big data analytics and machine learning to help them mitigate crop risk so they can focus on growing more food, more sustainably.”
“We have seen first hand the challenges our customers are facing in the field – from severe drought and devastating fires, to frost, reduced profitability and an increasing regulatory burden. But, in the face of these challenges, farmers are adapting to meet the nutritional needs of our growing population with new technologies.”
Semios has been named to the Global Cleantech 100, an annual list of the 100 most innovative cleantech companies globally, and the Thrive Top 50, list of the 50 leading global AgTech companies.