Looking for People Interested in Exploring Plant-Based Startups

post by scottweathers · 2017-11-14T14:59:32.618Z · score: 14 (14 votes) · EA · GW · Legacy · 8 comments

I'm considering founding a plant-based meat startup and would love to be connected to anyone who is interested in further researching this with me (bio at the end). I’m currently researching this option primarily with Daniel Gastfriend and Joan Gass, two grad students at Harvard and Stanford who are also considering it, so replying to this post will introduce you to a group of individuals exploring this idea.


To be clear, I'm in the very early stages of researching options and I may do other things, depending on how promising it looks. If I do pursue this option, I’ll finish my masters program in May 2018 and plan on working on it after that.


I'm highly uncertain about what product to create and expect that my ideas will change considerably as I learn more. However, I lean towards doing:



We’re open to help from anyone who is interested, no relevant background necessary. I'm especially excited about people who meet any of the following criteria, but don’t feel put off if you don’t meet many of them (or any!):



If you would consider doing a project like this, please shoot me an email at scott dot weathers at mail dot harvard dot edu or send me a message on Facebook. If possible, please provide a bit of information about how strongly you are considering this idea, when you’d want to do it, and any other ideas you may have!


Lastly, please also share with your friends and colleagues, as it has very high expected value.



About Me: I’m currently a grad student in global health at Harvard. I’ve helped start a GiveWell incubation non-profit that focuses on SMS reminders for vaccines and convinced Congressional Republicans to support global health legislation during the Obama administration. This past spring, I coauthored an open letter on factory farming to the WHO, which earned nearly 300 expert signatories and was published in the New York Times. My work has been published or discussed in the New York Times, Guardian, Vox, Huffington Post, NowThis, and more. You can get a sense of my resume on LinkedIn and the things I think about on Twitter.


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comment by Julia_Wise · 2017-11-14T17:06:07.261Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

This is a random idea: I wonder if the kosher market would be a good place for a plant-based meat company to get started. Since a plant-based meat would be pareve (neither meat nor dairy), it could be combined with dairy, which means customers who keep kosher might have particular interest in plant-based meat replacements.

comment by Lila · 2017-11-14T16:51:21.054Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

I'm a 4th year PhD student in bioinformatics. I've previously considered doing something similar, though I focused more on stem cell technology, which is most relevant to my current research. However, would definitely be interested in discussing further!

comment by scottweathers · 2017-11-14T17:43:32.692Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Excellent to hear! Please get in touch! :)

comment by che · 2017-11-14T17:31:05.447Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for posting this and for opening up the process! It's a fast-moving space, obviously, and it might be best to start with an informal survey of what's currently available and what's under development.

You've probably already looked at GFI's white space doc, but if not then it might be a good place to start: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zCwLkwqwYzfzxwIm1-iHrvheRhMhbLYBxqEiz_7bHdE/edit

comment by scottweathers · 2017-11-14T17:43:12.594Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! We started there and are definitely considering several ideas on that list.

comment by lisa · 2017-12-05T23:50:59.389Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

You might like to read about sunfed meats https://sunfedfoods.com/

comment by EschersDemon · 2017-11-15T15:58:17.633Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

What if I'd like to help but am too busy to work on this full-time?

comment by scottweathers · 2017-11-15T19:57:11.058Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Shoot me an email! We aren't at the stage to use many volunteers right now but we'd love to hear from you.