Going Negative to Create Positive Futures [Recording]

A panel discussion exploring the San Francisco Bay Area nascent carbontech economy.

Image by Jean Menezes

Event Details


Online Event


Wednesday, November 18, 2020
08:00am to 09:30am in San Francisco 05:00pm to 06:30pm in Switzerland


Free. Register below.

2020 has been a historic year. While the world has experienced a major economic downturn during a global pandemic, there has been, however, explosive growth in carbon friendly strategies, initiatives, and rounds of funding whether large banks, multinationals, and venture investors. These opportunities in the growing regenerative economy value human and planetary health through an integrated, systems approach to technology and evolution.

In this panel discussion, hear from experts within the San Francisco Bay Area’s entrepreneurship ecosystem who are creating value in the food and agriculture industries and enabling new kinds of propositions that blend people, profit, and planet. Join our event to hear from entrepreneurs who are growing businesses in the nascent carbontech economy. 

This session is co-hosted by Food System 6

This event is part of our miniseries Regenerate the Economy focusing on planting seeds for a (post-) pandemic world that is supportive of human and planetary health.


San Francisco
08:00am — Welcome and introduction by swissnex San Francisco
08:05am — Food System 6: an inclusive food future
08:15am — Startups at the forefront of regeneration with Andes Ag, farm ng, and Pachama
08:45am —
Panel discussion with FS6 and 1st Course Capital on using nature + technology to regenerate our systems moderated by Laura Erickson, swissnex SF
09:15am — Curated networking

05:00pm — Welcome and introduction by swissnex San Francisco
05:05pm — Food System 6: an inclusive food future
05:15pm — Startups at the forefront of regeneration with Andes Ag, farm ng, and Pachama
05:45pm — Panel discussion with FS6 and 1st Course Capital on using nature + technology to regenerate our systems moderated by Laura Erickson, swissnex SF
06:15pm — Curated networking


Caesaré Assad
Caesaré Assad is Chief Executive Officer at Food System 6. She leads the work at Food System 6, a non-profit accelerator that is building a vibrant and just food system. Caesaré has developed and led several food business innovations with a focus on driving progress around systemic change. Her expertise spans the private, non-profit, and corporate sectors, with a range of leadership roles as a chef, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, and business executive. She is trained in various modalities of healing and holistic health and brings endless capacity and love to create the container of support that is necessary to support change leaders in their journey.


Diego Saez Gil
Diego is a serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Pachama, a company with the mission of restoring the forests to solve climate change. Pachama harnesses machine learning and satellite images to verify carbon capture by forests to help issue and monitor carbon credits and then connects forest owners with companies seeking to offset their carbon emissions. Prior to Pachama, Diego co-founded Bluesmart, an IoT company that grew to tens of millions of dollars in revenue and was acquired by TravelPro. Diego was awarded with the MIT 35 Innovators under 35 and was selected as High-impact Entrepreneur by Endeavor Global. 

Ethan Rublee

Ethan is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, an aspiring farmer and is passionate about applying computer vision, machine learning, and robotics to enable farmers and local food systems to heal people and the earth. Ethan has worked in Silicon Valley for the past decade developing open source computer vision software, making robots unload trucks and move pallets around warehouses, and providing machining learning based tools for artists in Hollywood.  After his start at Willow Garage, founding two companies, an exit to Google, and working on moonshots at X, in the fall of 2019 Ethan moved his family to an 11 acre upstart farm in Watsonville, CA, just an hour and a world away from Silicon Valley.  Ethan is currently running an online farmers market, EatLocal.farm, on the Central Coast, and building his next company on the farm, farm-ng inc. with a focus bringing low-cost, open robots to farmers everywhere.


Laura Erickson
Laura Erickson is Head of Innovation & Sustainability at swissnex San Francisco. In her current role she works with corporates on tech scouting and transformation and builds partnerships to launch sustainability-themed initiatives. She has co-created, managed, and launched two energy accelerators including SAFT and Free Electrons.
Prior to working in innovation, Laura spent ten years in finance and operations roles which allows her to grok the interplay between strategy and implementation. She has a MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a Bachelor’s in French Culture and Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Laura grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has spent the last couple of decades in San Francisco.


Peter Herz
Peter Herz is a General Partner of early stage venture capital firm, 1st Course Capital. 1CC invests in entrepreneurs developing innovations in food and agriculture. Previously, Peter was a co-founder of Food System 6 and a serial entrepreneur and executive in a range of companies over a thirty-year career.