Spencer Maughan is a Visiting Fellow in the US Studies Centre's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. He is a partner with Finistere Ventures a specialist AgTech venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.
Previously Spencer has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at Kleiner Perkins (KPCB) working alongside members of the Green Growth Fund on AgTech opportunities and as an investor at Venrock, a venture capital firm with >$2b under management. Spencer’s investment focus has been centered on technology-driven companies that intersect with sustainability and agriculture.
Spencer has a BSc and PhD in Genetics from the University of Melbourne where he was a Melbourne Research Scholar with funding from Bayer CropScience.
Upon finishing his PhD, Spencer was named a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK) within the Institute of Biotechnology. While at Cambridge, Spencer’s work on malarial drug-resistance type proteins received a commendation from the UK Houses of Parliament.
Spencer also holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he was the American Australian Association’s Macquarie Bank Fellow.
Innovation in agricultural technologies, or AgTech, is rapidly changing the world’s least digitised industry. Unprecedented global investment in AgTech reflects this growth, having quintupled from 2013 to 2017. This report analyses the volume...