Matt Barnard


Matt Barnard is the co-founder and CEO of Plenty, an indoor farming company growing clean, delicious fruits and vegetables near the heart of local communities. Plenty farms utilize cutting-edge growing technologies and proven plant science to deliver just-picked, backyard-fresh fruits and vegetables that’s better for people and our planet.

Previously, Matt served as the President and COO of Whalen & Company, a $100MM specialty engineering firm. Matt also founded Search Fund Capital and served as a Managing Operating Partner for 523 Capital where he delivered an 80% annual return to investors. Additionally, he operated as VP of Deployment at SmartSynch, a cellular smart grid company that was acquired by Itron for $100MM.

Matt earned an MS from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and both a BA and BM from Northwestern University.

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