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My name is Vishal Singh. My company is
Quantified Ag. We are a precision
livestock data analytics company. So our
company came from this need for cattle
producers to identify sick animals early
and being able to identify outliers in
their herd. That's where the original
concept came from. When we first started
out we were kind of tackling it in a much
different way. The initial idea was to do
thermal imaging of cattle using drones, like the one behind me and then I actually
started talking to cattle producers and
learning more about what the specific
problem was, how they were going about
solving the problem right now, it just
seemed to make sense that rather than
going that route, there was a better way
to go about it, which is what we do today
and that is we make sensors that go on the
animals and we're able to detect different
types of characteristics that people would
look for and some stuff that they can't
easily measure and we provide all this
information back to our cloud servers
where we process all this data from
individual animals and then what we're
able to do is to a software interface, provide meaningful information back to the
smartphones and computers of feedlot
operators. So when I first started out, I
was making these drones and it was really
more out of personal interest, it was
kind of more of like a hobby. I like doing
that type of stuff and so I was making
these drones. I was selling them to crop
consultants and other universities for
their crop research and then I was kind of
going down this path of trying to do
something bigger along the lines of the
whole entrepreneurial, creating a
business type of thing out of it and what
I ended up doing was, I was already
started down that path and one of my
business mentors said, "Hey, you know, you're going down this path, maybe you
should take a look at a start up
accelerator program because that could
help you just get to your goal faster, you
can figure out things a lot quicker and
you'll be surrounded by people that can
help you think through this type of stuff"
So I did. I applied to the start up
accelerator called InMotion, which is here
in Lincoln, Neb. and then when I got into
it, the idea I got into it with was doing
thermal imaging of cattle using drones
trying to solve that problem of
identifying sick animals, but then as I
went through that process a big part of
start up accelerator is before you build
anything, they have you validate your
ideas. By just talking to your end users
or customers. I talked to a lot of cattle
producers and it just, everything that
they were telling me, the specific types
of problems they were trying to solve and
how they were trying to go about solving
them and in this case of identifying sick
animals, the symptoms they would look for
it just made sense that I wouldn't be able
to do all that using a drone that there
was a better way of going about doing it
and that's what led to the whole path of
using ear tags on the cattle that had
sensors on them. So as I've taken my
company from a distant idea to an actual
company that's making a product, it's been
really important that I have mentors and
the reason is because I'm just one person
and I can't do everything and know
everything and so it's really important to
have people who I can talk to who either
have expertise in areas that I don't or
just people who I can trust and I can
bounce ideas off of or get advice from
that I know will give me good advice and
I think it's important to do that even if
you're not necessarily trying to make your
own company. It's a good idea to have
mentors in your life. Internships are
really important because when I was a
student in the same shoes as our interns
going through my undergrad, I went to my
internship and it went from doing just
projects that were more or less class
assignments to actually working on a real
world problem, a real world project for a
real world client and that's a really
important gap to step over and make that
connection because then the more of that
type of experience you have, the more
prepared you are to go out into the
working world after you graduate.