Updated: Dec 30, 2020
San Francisco, October 2017, I’m on the stage for the Terra Rabobank and Rocketspace Cohort II kickoff in front of about 200 Agriculture and Food stakeholders. These 10 minutes, on-stage presentations are not my favorite, but this time it is about a pilot and a business opportunity for Vibe with a big corporation in the grain supply chain. The presentation went OK, the same with the first questions and answers session. "I have a question." Someone at the last row raised his hand. “Can you test for Mycotoxin?”. I had heard this name before and even read about it, a harmful toxin for humans and animals, produced by a fungus, and it can cause disease and death, but now on the stage, I couldn't even pronounce the name when I replied. “I don’t know, we need to test it first, but if it is visible, we can.” The comment "aha," followed by "interesting" made a visible warmth of embarrassment spread across my face.