Austin’s Vital Farms raises $11 million to continue growth

A decade ago, Matthew O’Hayer started a pasture-raised egg business with 20 hens in Southeast Austin.  Since then, the company has grown to a network of 100 family-owned farms in seven states, and its eggs are sold in 49 states. Now, the company is getting ready for another wave of growth after receiving an $11.1 million private equity investment from Sunrise Strategic Partners, based in Boulder, Colo., and other individuals.

Arborview Capital Selected as an ImpactAssets 50 Fund Manager

February 14, 2017 – ImpactAssets announced today that Arborview Capital is one of the 50 fund managers selected for its 2016 impact investing showcase, the ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50), a free online resource for investors and financial advisors. The sixth annual guide features fund managers representing private equity and debt investments that deliver social and environmental impact as well as strong financial returns.

When Values Create Value

Most of us can spot a company’s mission statement from a mile away. They communicate the values of a company. We’ve seen mission statements emblazoned on the walls of our workplaces, the products we buy and the websites we visit. When a mission goes beyond just a statement, is executed upon and embedded across a company’s operations, it becomes a key force in value creation.

Vital Farms now a Certified B Corporation

Vital Farms works with over 90 independent, family-owned farms across the United States from Georgia to California. They work closely with each and every farmer to ensure they have the greatest chance at success, promoting a business model that is not only about scale, but also about sustainability and support.

Rachio Expands the Smart Home into the Smart Yard with Launch of Second Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller

Rachio today announced the national release of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller — Generation 2, the latest version of the leading smart sprinkler controller that brings the smart home outdoors and allows users to manage their sprinkler system from any smart mobile device.

How Austin-based Vital Farms because a leader in the movement toward a happier hen and better-tasting egg.

On a farm in a corner of northwest Arkansas, the maples and sycamores are starting to change color, their gold and rust contrasting with the lush, emerald pasture. The midmorning sun, already high over the rolling hills, tempers the late October chill. From outside the chicken house door, 24-year-old farmer Daniel Webb can hear—even feel—the anticipation.

Amazon Announces the Next Alexa Fund Recipients: Musaic and Rachio

Amazon today announced two new recipients of the Alexa Fund, Musaic and Rachio. The Alexa Fund will provide up to $100 million in investments dedicated to supporting developers, manufacturers, and start-ups of all sizes who are passionate about creating new experiences designed around the human voice. Musaic and Rachio are the latest additions to the growing portfolio of Alexa Fund recipients, and join the seven previously funded companies announced in June.

Decoding the Carton: How To Buy Clean & Humane Eggs

While it’s well-documented that industrial egg farming is a controversial business (cue Food Inc), and there are a slew of egg purveyors who are rushing to do better with USDA organic options, there’s still a lot of murkiness around how laying hens are actually treated, and the conditions in which they are raised.

How one company is trying to make ‘pasture-raised’ the new egg standard

How one company is trying to make ‘pasture-raised’ the new egg standard

In 2006, Michael Cox, a chicken farmer in northwest Arkansas, faced a choice that many farmers do: Grow or die. His family had been raising chickens for three generations, first for agriculture behemoth Cargill and then for themselves. Even with 800,000 laying hens, Cox was not big enough to compete: “If you’re growing or dying,” he said, “we were planning our funeral."

LRI Energy Solutions Opens West Coast Office

LRI Energy Solutions Opens West Coast Office

Gambrills, Maryland – June 2, 2014 – LRI Energy Solutions (LRI), a leading provider of lighting and water efficiency services, is pleased to announce the opening of a West Coast office in San Jose, CA, on July 1, 2014. The office will be led by Paul Bassett, Senior Vice President of Water Savers, and will have a full team including business development, engineering, and project management professionals incorporating lighting, lighting controls, water, water management and other efficiency measures.