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Why AFS?

AFS’s proprietary computer vision technology is able to recognize buds, flowers, young fruit, and mature fruit, giving growers highly accurate information on their crops throughout the year.

AFS's solution applies to any fruit, vegetable, nut, or berry.

Our Solution
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rchard and vineyard operators commonly rely on manual fruit counts to know what the harvest is likely to bring. While manual counts drive multi-million-dollar operational and agricultural decisions, they are known to be grossly inaccurate. AFS has a better way, and it is easy to implement.

Why Now?
  • Traction & urgency to ameliorate worker shortages
  • Two years of development with Stemilt Growers and others
  • Proprietary computer vision technology is now capable of a commercially viable solution
  • We can make a difference for you - right now!
automated fruit scouting

Our History

2018

Stemlit proof of concept project

2019

Stemlit Contract

2019

Stemlit data collection project

Q1 2020

AFS Founded

Q1 2020

machine vision orchard scouting patent

Q1 2020

mvp fruitcount report

Q1 2020

chile field trials

Q2 2020

angel funding

Q2 2020

initial commercial deployment

Q3 2020

product launch

to be continued....
Automated fruit scouting

Our History

2018

Stemlit proof of concept project

2019

stemlit contract

2019

stemlit data collection project

Q1 2020

afs founded

Q1 2020

machine vision orchard scouting patent

Q1 2020

MVP Fruitcount report

Q1 2020

chile field trials

Q2 2020

angel funding

Q2 2020

initial commercial deployment

Q3 2020

product launch

Who We Are

Leadership

Our leadership team combines technical, sales, marketing, operational, and financial experience ftom Boeing, Intel, P&G, US Steel, AMR, and Westrock. Our team has already grown a Computer Vision AgTech startup.

Matt King

Chief Executive Officer/President/Secretary/Co-Founder

Matt is a seasoned founder with over two decades of experience at the intersection of industrial and agricultural computer vision. He co-founded and served as CTO of iUNU, where he developed the leading edge in robotic greenhouse computer vision technologies. AFS is also building on his experience at Boeing and Intel, where developing the technology for automated visual instrumentation of manufacturing processes led to fundamental changes in the manufacturing industry. His wide range of discoveries and inventions in the fields of aerospace engineering, quantum mechanics, enterprise computing, robotics, and computer vision, have led to him innovating for some of the largest corporate enterprises, as well as leading multiple startups as both CEO and CTO. Matt has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and Mississippi State University.

Ed Denton

CFO/Treasurer/Co-Founder

Ed brings executive experience from United States Steel, Westrock, and Procter & Gamble spanning Finance & Strategy, Global Marketing & Sales, and Manufacturing Operations, including international P&L and M&A.  He founded Denton Luke Associates, LLC, a general management consultancy headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and Richmond, VA, and serves as a visiting executive lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Business School. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Business School.

Jeff Kahn

Chief Business Development Officer/Co-Founder

Jeff Kahn has over 25 years of experience in business creation in a broad range of activities including risk management, investments, trading, and lending. As founder and managing director of a brokerage firm that became publicly traded, he built and developed an institutional and retail sales force and was the lead partner for both public and private equity funding. Jeff also established a direct marketing mortgage division in Colorado that quickly became highly profitable, enabling the parent company to become the largest FHA lender in the state. Before entering industry, Jeff served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a joint major in Math and Economics.

Bill Luke

Chief Operating Officer/Co-Founder

Bill has decades of worldwide experience in general management, operations, new venture initiatives, and technical services across the transportation, pulp, paper, and packaging industries.  Bill has guided substantive profit improvement initiatives throughout the US, Europe, Latin America, and China.  His Fortune 500 executive experience includes American Airlines and WestRock, and he is co-owner and a partner in Denton Luke Associates, LLC, a general management consultancy headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and Richmond, VA.  Bill has been a trustee for Virginia Commonwealth University, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board; Boys’ Home, Covington, Virginia; and Preservation Virginia where he serves on the Finance Committee.  He holds a BS degree in forestry from the University of Maine, and he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Matt King

Chief Executive Officer/President/Secretary/Co-Founder

Matt is a seasoned founder with over two decades of experience at the intersection of industrial and agricultural computer vision. He co-founded and served as CTO of iUNU, where he developed the leading edge in robotic greenhouse computer vision technologies. AFS is also building on his experience at Boeing and Intel, where developing the technology for automated visual instrumentation of manufacturing processes led to fundamental changes in the manufacturing industry. His wide range of discoveries and inventions in the fields of aerospace engineering, quantum mechanics, enterprise computing, robotics, and computer vision, have led to him innovating for some of the largest corporate enterprises, as well as leading multiple startups as both CEO and CTO. Matt has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and Mississippi State University.

Ed Denton

CFO/Treasurer/Co-Founder

Ed brings executive experience from United States Steel, Westrock, and Procter & Gamble spanning Finance & Strategy, Global Marketing & Sales, and Manufacturing Operations, including international P&L and M&A.  He founded Denton Luke Associates, LLC, a general management consultancy headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and Richmond, VA, and serves as a visiting executive lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Business School. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Business School.

Frank Q. Tucker

Board Member

Frank Q. Tucker is the Executive Vice President of TTI, a telecommunications installation contractor and cofounder and President of Kroo, a telecommunications workforce platform spun out from TTI.

Since 2012, Frank has personally overseen the construction and deployment of cell sites and networks for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile across the United States. During his 4 years managing the company’s sales and field operations, revenue has grown 1200% and the company has gone from a workforce of 36 to over 700, and being recognized as one of the fastest growing closely held companies earning a spots on both the INC 5000 and San Francisco Business Times Fastest Growing company list.

In his current day-to-day role from his office in San Francisco, he manages the development of Kroo, a company on its way to becoming “The #1 Facilitator of value in the Telecommunications Construction Industry.”

In addition to his management roles at TTI and Kroo, he manages and oversees the investment strategy of Elysian Investment Group, a diversified asset management company with holdings in real estate, private equity, venture capital, alternative assets, and public market investments.

Since 2020, Frank sits on the board of Bright Sky, LLC a communications infrastructure owner.

An Oakland native and proud product of the Howard University, he started his career in finance as a credit derivatives trader, before moving into the telecommunications industry.

Frank lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife and young son.

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