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FarmLogs Raises $22 Million Series C Financing led by Naspers Ventures

FarmLogs Raises $22 Million Series C Financing led by Naspers Ventures Digital Farm Management Pioneer Continues Aggressive Growth, Surpasses 20 Percent of U.S. Row Crop Acres Under Management

ANN ARBOR, Mich.FarmLogs, the leading data science company that helps farmers unlock valuable insights from their fields to farm more profitably, today announced it has raised a $22 million Series C round of financing. The round was led by new FarmLogs investor, Naspers, through Naspers Ventures, and includes follow-on participation from existing investors Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, SV Angel and Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator. The funding brings FarmLogs’ total capital raised to $37 million. Naspers’ Mike Katz will join the board of directors.

“We now have even more resources to support our important mission. This additional funding will enable us to further grow our team, to accelerate product innovation and to continue investing aggressively in creating a better future for farming,” said Jesse Vollmar, CEO and co-founder of FarmLogs. “We’re gaining an incredible partner with Naspers Ventures and we’re thrilled to have the support of world-class investors as we keep the momentum building and continue to tackle huge challenges in agriculture.”
 
FarmLogs launched in 2012 out of Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator to transform the oldest and most important industry in the world. In less than five years, the company has gone from a promising startup to the leading independent provider of technology solutions trusted by over one in three U.S. row crop farms. Utilizing cutting-edge software, data science and machine-learning technology, FarmLogs offers independent and unbiased information and recommendations that help growers effortlessly and remotely improve field performance, increase yield and eliminate waste. The company currently has over 20 percent of the country’s row crop acres under management.

“Naspers invests in industries around the world where innovation can significantly address big societal needs. FarmLogs is forging a new future for farming that will change the world for the better,” said Mike Katz, head of U.S. investments at Naspers Ventures. “The FarmLogs team has relentless ambition and we look forward to actively supporting their vision to fundamentally improve global agriculture.”

About FarmLogs:
FarmLogs is the leading independent provider of technology solutions for U.S. row crop farms. On a mission to create a better future for farming, FarmLogs helps one in three U.S. farms use technology and data about their fields to grow row crops more profitably. The company’s powerful, yet simple-to-use field monitoring service notifies farmers when it detects yield threats, automatically logs activities, and gives users instant access to field-specific data including rainfall tracking, soil composition maps, GDD accumulation and yield maps. FarmLogs Standard, FarmLogs Advantage and FarmLogs Prescriptions deliver timely, actionable and unbiased field insights and recommendations that help growers achieve optimal yield, increase field profitability and eliminate waste. FarmLogs is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was founded in 2011 by Jesse Vollmar and Brad Koch. To learn more, visit farmlogs.com.

About Naspers:
Founded in 1915, Naspers is a global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating in more than 130 countries and markets with long-term growth potential, Naspers builds leading companies that empower people and enrich communities. It runs some of the world’s leading platforms in internet, video entertainment, and media.
 
Naspers companies connect people to each other and the wider world, help people improve their daily lives, and entertain audiences with the best of local and global content. Every day, millions of people use the products and services of companies that Naspers has invested in, acquired or built, including Avito, Brainly, Codecademy, eMAG, Flipkart, ibibo, letgo, Media24, Movile, MultiChoice, OLX, PayU, ShowMax, SimilarWeb, Twiggle, and Udemy. Similarly, hundreds of millions of people have made the platforms of its associates Tencent (www.tencent.com; SEHK 00700) and Mail.ru (www.corp.mail.ru; LSE: MAIL) a part of their daily lives.
 
Naspers is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN).

For more information, please visit www.naspers.com.
 
About Naspers Ventures:
Naspers Ventures partners with entrepreneurs to build leading technology companies in high-growth markets. It identifies companies and founders with high potential and the ambition to scale globally, quickly impacting the communities where they operate. The team provides tailored support to make its portfolio companies leaders in their chosen markets.  The Ventures team brings in-depth experience, knowledge and resources from around the world to help entrepreneurs build, grow and scale their businesses.

Media Contacts:
VineSprout PR for FarmLogs
Nicole Duhoski
+1 312-622-0045
[email protected]
 
Jill Williams for Naspers Ventures
+1 415-689-5027
[email protected]

 

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