Ambrook’s mission is to make sustainability profitable in natural resource industries. We are starting in agriculture – building financial management tools for farms including bookkeeping, analytics, cards, invoicing, and funding.Explore Our Product
Meet the team
Mackenzie Burnett comes from a USDA family, and cares deeply about the financial and environmental security of agricultural producers. She has prior experience working in community nonprofits, water asset management and open source software infrastructure. She holds an M.A. in international policy and climate security from Stanford University, and a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jeff Anders is passionate about using design and technology to make an impact on climate change. He previously led design at Scale AI and worked on design teams at Meta, Minimill, Autodesk, and Venmo. Jeff lives in Denver, Colorado and has a B.S. in Product Design & Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dan Schlosser has spent his career building products in organizations of all sizes, from large companies like Google and The New York Times to small startups and nonprofits like Covid Act Now and The Next 50. With farmers and health professionals in his family, Dan is motivated by work that empowers people and businesses. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Music.
Ali is a multidisciplinary designer passionate about the intersection of technology and the environment. She served as a Creative Director at Upstatement where she worked on award-winning projects including Grist and The Arnold Arboretum. Ali believes design can be a steward for sustainability and is eager to help farmers thrive in the face of a changing climate.
Landon Frye is devoted to working at the intersection of technology and agriculture and focuses on bringing solutions to farmers to keep the family farm rolling onto the next generation. He grew up on a corn, soy, and popcorn farm in Mason County, Illinois. Before joining the Ambrook team he helped bring Granular and AcreValue ag-tech products to the market and formerly served as a loan officer in the Farm Credit system. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Agricultural Economics and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Danny has been building web products, services, and applications for over a decade. He is passionate about using technology to solve real world problems. Before joining Ambrook, Danny worked as a frontend engineer at Stripe and Apple.
Atticus Graven spent his early career teasing out intent and incentives from transactional data in the US organized energy markets. At Ambrook he is able to pursue his true passion—supporting food producers to feed the world in a sustainable, non-exploitative way that reconnects us all to the food we eat. He has a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Ursinus College.
Jesse has spent more than a decade in journalism, focused primarily on food and agriculture. He has toggled between writing and editing over the years, most recently working as managing editor of the award-winning media outlet The Counter. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Bon Appétit, Eater, and many other outlets. Jesse believes there is a broad, untapped audience for smart coverage of farming and food production.
Dylan is deeply passionate about building altruistic software and is excited about Ambrook's role in addressing the climate crisis. He has previously developed applications at Bloomberg and Verily. Dylan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from UCLA.
Maika Koehl has spent her career untangling problems across the food supply chain. Most recently, she led operations at Vori, a startup building software for independent grocers. Prior to that she launched and scaled Uber’s freight marketplace globally. Maika is driven by a strong belief that everyone in these foundational industries - farmers, grocers, and truckers included - deserve tools that improve their lives.
Brian is a technologist who enjoys applying his engineering skills to real world problems. Prior to joining Ambrook, he worked at Butterfly Network and Facebook building iOS and Android applications. Brian has a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University.
John Slinkman joined Ambrook because he believes that farm profitability is intrinsically linked to environmental justice and sustainability. He brings a wealth of experience building software and software teams for companies ranging from early stage startups to major government contractors. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelors in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Chris So is excited about using technology to improve the lives of individuals and communities. Prior to working at Ambrook, Chris built software products at Google and Verily. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Columbia University.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does Ambrook make money?
Ambrook is building an ecosystem of financial tools and services for agricultural producers. We make money by receiving a portion of the card interchange fees that Visa normally charges merchants.
I want help, but I don’t know where to start. Can I talk to a human?
Can Ambrook help me start a farm from scratch?
Whether you’ve never set foot on a field in your life or have years of experience and want to start your own operation, we would love to help. Read our help article about new operations or search our Funding Library for opportunities for Beginning Farmers.
Is Ambrook affiliated with the USDA?
No. Ambrook is a private company unaffiliated with the USDA or any of its sub-agencies, such as the Farm Service Agency (FSA) or the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We stay on top of USDA newsletters, press releases, and websites to regularly update our free Funding Library and often speak with USDA agents through our work on behalf of farmers, so we know the agencies well and have a healthy working relationship.
What sort of information do you need to help me?
In order to make good funding recommendations, we need information about what you produce, where you are, and what your funding goals are. We designed our funding recommendations survey to make the process easy! We know it’s a privilege to hear about your operation so we take the data privacy of our customers extremely seriously.
Does it matter what state I am in for funding?
There are national programs available to anyone in the US or its territories, but some states and regions do have additional programs! Tell us about your location and operation for the most relevant recommendations.
Do I need a fast internet connection and a desktop computer to take advantage of Ambrook?
No! We have built our services from the ground up with mobile phones and spotty internet in mind. You’ll need to have a connection to the internet to get started and check in, but we are building our services to work well offline.
Does Ambrook have an iOS or Android app?
Yes! The Ambrook iOS and Android apps are available now for private testing. Interested in giving it a try? Email us at email@example.com.
How do I know my money and data will be safe on Ambrook?
Can you find me funding to help my farm recover from a natural disaster?
Yes! If you have experienced losses due to a natural disaster, apply for these programs as soon as you can. There is often only a small window of time after the disaster during which you are eligible for relief funding. The USDA has a tool to determine whether you are eligible for national disaster funds and Ambrook also maintains a list of national and state-specific disaster aid programs in our Funding Library.