Episode 12 - CUTalks with Jim McDougall

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Ep12 - Jim McDougall

In this episode of CUTalks, Shreya and Thomas talk to Jim McDougall, Commercial Director of Outfield, an agri-tech start-up working with drone, satellite and weather data to support farmers. Jim has had past experience in consultancy and private equity, and co-founded Outfield in 2016. Listen to this episode for an insight into the applications of technology in the agriculture industry, the learnings of a founder on funding, building a team and finding product-market fit, and some common mistakes made by early founders.

This episode was sponsored by DesignSpark: design tools and resources for engineers to help make their ideas happen. The podcast was produced by Carl Homer, Cambridge TV.

Jump to the following topics:

  • Background and about Outfield - 1:22

  • Past and future of the Agri-tech industry - 6:34

  • Advice for entrepreneurs looking to enter agri-tech sector - 14:05

  • Shifts in perspective along the founder journey (funding, team-building) - 19:49

  • Finding product-market fit - 24:58

  • Common mistakes by early-stage founders - 27:45