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Tule Technologies

We provide farmers with crop water use measurements over an entire field, providing the one number they need to make an irrigation decision.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Oakland, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded February 2013
  • Employees 1

Company Summary

Water shortages will become the most dangerous crisis threatening society. When and how much to irrigate is the most important decision a farmer makes, but the decision is complicated and time-consuming. Using our patent-pending sensor system, we provide the farmer with the one simple number that tells him how long to turn on his pumps. We have raised $100,000 from one of the largest players in our first target market, California viticulture.


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    Tom Shapland, PhD
    CEO & CTO

    Tom Shapland, PhD, is a co-inventor of the technology with 8 years of wine industry experience, and has carried the company to its current milestones. He and his dissertation advisers advanced the theoretical understanding of turbulent atmospheric energy and mass exchange that underpins our technology. He has four degrees from UC Davis: BS in Viticulture and Enology, BA in Classics, MS and PhD in Horticulture & Agronomy.

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    Roger Akers
    Advisory Board Member

    Roger Akers has over 20 years of experience in technology related environments. As an IT Services executive, Roger managed the development and delivery of large-scale software systems in over 80 client environments. Upon the successful merger of his first company with a large IT services firm, Roger developed a consulting firm that provided management consulting to industry leaders. Roger also helped develop many technology companies.

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    Alan Wells
    Advisory Board Member

    Alan Wells is co-founder and product designer at Glyder, a 500 Startups-backed company that gives small businesses the content and metrics they need to be effective online marketers. He’s been designing mobile and social software since 2007, including roles at Affinity Labs (acquired by, Zynga, and a design studio he founded (acquired by Nextive). He blogs at and tweets @alanwells.