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About Our Company
FarmBot Inc. is a California Benefit Corporation. Coded into our bylaws are these specific benefit purposes.
Openly share our products
Our company is founded on the belief that a more open food system is a better one. The following aspects of our products will be openly shared at the time the product is publicly released:
- Hardware designs shall be released in accordance with the Open Source Hardware Association’s definition of open source hardware.
- Software source code shall be released under a permissive license approved by the Open Source Initiative.
- Documentation shall be released under a license conforming to the definition of “open” put forth by the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Openly share our business
We believe that business is a powerful agent for change, and like our products, it can be more powerful when its details are openly shared for inspection, modification, and replication by others. The following aspects of our business will be shared for the benefit of our company, our customers, aspiring entrepreneurs, and the FarmBot community at large.
- Detailed sales and financial information including but not limited to revenues, expenditures, profits, salaries, investments, and taxes.
- Cultural, operational, and strategic insights that we determine important to our growth and success.
- We will default to transparency in all aspects of our business except when there are individual or partnership privacy concerns.
1% for the community
Each year, we shall contribute one percent (1%) of our annual net revenue towards furthering The FarmBot Project’s mission to “Grow a community that produces free and open-source hardware plans, software, data, and documentation enabling everyone to build and operate a farming machine.” Contributions shall consist of cash, products, and services that directly help to maintain and grow the community.
Be good people
We strive to do the right thing in every situation: for each other, our customers, the environment, and all of our stakeholders. We make ethics, integrity, transparency, and community the cornerstones of our business.
- WIRED, 2014 – Out in the Open: This Farmbot Makes Growing Food as Easy as Playing Farmville
- The Verge, 2016 – I bet Mesopotamian farmers didn’t see FarmBot coming
- Yahoo News, 2015 – FarmBot is a DIY agriculture robot that promises to usher in the future of farming
- AgFunder, 2016 – FarmBot Founder Aronson on Open Source Tech and Encouraging Consumers to Farm
- Smithsonian, 2016 – The FarmBot Genesis Brings Precision Agriculture to Your Own Backyard
- MOTHERBOARD, 2014 – FarmBot Will 3D Print Your Crops and Email You When It Harvests Them
- Singularity Hub, 2015 – How a Robot in the Garden Might Save a Trip to Whole Foods
- Arduino Blog, 2016 – FarmBot is an open-source CNC farming machine
- Digital Trends, 2015 – FarmBot is a DIY agriculture robot that promises to usher in the future of farming
- Opensource.com, 2014 – The next open source frontier is the farm
- Inhabitat, 2016 – FarmBot Genesis seeds, waters, and fertilizes your garden with life-giving precision
- Open Electronics, 2013 – FarmBot: open-source, scalable, automated precision Farming Machines
- Open Electronics, 2015 – FarmBot the Open Source Farming CNC Robot
- Atmel Blog, 2016 – FarmBot is the world’s first open source CNC farming machine
- TEDxUCLA, 2014 – Open-source automated precision farming | Rory Aronson | TEDxUCLA
- Tech Insider, 2016 – This robot will grow all the food you need in your backyard