Amol Deshpande is the CEO and founder of Farmers Business Network and serves as a strategic advisor to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he was a general partner. He serves on the Board of Directors of VoloAgri, Beyond Meat, and Blue Oak Resources. Previously, Amol spent nearly three years at Black River and Cargill Ventures, both investment-oriented business units of Cargill, a global leader in agriculture. Earlier in his career, Amol was an entrepreneur in the agricultural sector and founded and worked with companies focused on novel germplasm in high-value vegetable crops, aquaculture, education and water technologies.
Amol earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Cornell University, where he was a Park Fellow.