Ambrook is built on the philosophy of pragmatic environmentalism: if you care about the earth, then you should care about the people whose jobs are to be stewards of the earth.
The largest group of these stewards, by land mass, are farmers. But most agriculture today is neither sustainable nor resilient. More than 40% of U.S. land and freshwater is devoted to farming, and U.S. agriculture contributes to upwards of 25% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, climate change is already devastating agriculture and rural communities. (“Adapt or die,” was what one producer told us for Ambrook Research.)
Fortunately, many sustainable farming practices (e.g. cover cropping) both reduce agriculture’s climate impact and make farms more resilient. However, many farms are not investing in sustainability because of thin margins, antiquated tools, and a lack of financing.
Ambrook builds simple, collaborative financial management software for farms, from grant discovery, to bookkeeping and spend management with cards. With Ambrook, farmers have a clear view into their financial present and future, can improve their margins, and get easier access to credit.
Over time, we plan to layer in sustainable financing and resource management. Once we’ve solved this problem for agriculture, we’ll expand to other natural resource industries – fisheries, forestry, mining – faced with the same problem of making sustainability profitable.
You can read more about our mission in Not Boring’s recent feature on Ambrook.
Ambrook in the News
The Founder’s Letter: Mackenzie Burnett, Ambrook | Packy McCormick | Not Boring
Come for the Tool, Stay for the Exchange: Bootstrapping Liquidity in the Private Markets | David Haber, GP | Future, a16z
State of the Cloud 2022 | Bessemer Venture Partners
Extend your business model with embedded finance @ 10:31 | Karim Temsamani, Head of Financial Products | Stripe Sessions 2021
Climate Tech Primer for Founders | Enrique Allen, GP | Designer Fund
Climate Tech Guide for Designers | Enrique Allen, GP | Designer Fund
Working at Ambrook
We are designing the work environment that we each wish we had in previous experiences. From projects to processes to hanging out, we are intentional about how we interact as a team.
We are a remote-hybrid team. That means we have office space in NY and SF, where our team has formed natural hubs and has gravitated toward working in-person together, while maintaining communication and hiring practices that are remote-friendly. This has some incredible upsides:
It enables flexibility in our working styles and schedules. Outside of daily morning standups, we work when and how we want to. We exercise and run errands on a weekday, or take the occasional Friday off to go to a cabin in the mountains. We care much more about productive output than just counting the number of hours put in. That being said, we get energy from working with each other on interesting problems, and want to bring on people who feel the same motivation. Our founding team is the product of many years of coworking and building organizations and side projects together.
It enables us to bring on the best people regardless of location. We aren’t constrained to hiring just in the Bay Area or New York City, which is especially important because our customers live in more rural areas around the country. We’re focused on hiring in North American time zones for now, but will likely expand globally. This also means you can work from travel destinations (with reasonable wifi) if you want to see what it’s like to live in the rainforest or mountains or desert for a few months.
We’re aware that remote work can sometimes be lonely, especially during a pandemic, and have each felt that. Our habit of quietly coworking together using Slack huddles and getting together for virtual “Happy Hours & Feelings,” for example, keep us connected. We’re always accommodating to make sure the team can go outside for a walk or spend time with family or otherwise take the breaks they need to recharge. To ensure we’re living our best professional lives, we also provide each full-time team member with the following benefits:
Healthcare: Generous coverage to maintain your wellbeing
401k: With matching, to invest in your future
Parental leave: Paid time off for maternity or paternity care
Home office stipend: Make sure your setup is ideal
Wellness stipend: Don’t mess around with your mental and physical health
Travel stipend: Ad hoc work in-person with your teammates when you need to
Farm stay stipend: Support your local food system and get to know the farmers and different operation types in your area
Professional development: Take courses or coaches in the areas you’d like to grow, like marketing or management
Coworking spaces: We’ll cover a desk at a community you can opt to work from
Retreats: We host quarterly in-person team gatherings in fantastic locations for focused sprints and general ~team bonding~
Mackenzie Burnett, Dan Schlosser and Jeff Anders are the co-founders of Ambrook. We have a strong history of working together for over eight years, from building products to community organizing. Moreover, we’re building a strong founding team that has expertise in building fintech and mobile products, and a personal interest in enabling climate resilience and sustainability for agriculture.
We ran a series of exercises to better understand our own founder values ahead of recruiting a team. We know our company values will be co-created with our early team and should evolve over time. That said, this set of five values guides how we think about our work at Ambrook:
Reach Understanding – We are driven by curiosity and empathy to learn about our customers, team, and world.
Communicate with Real Talk – We create space for ourselves and others to be straightforward, vulnerable, and accountable.
Be Proactively Resourceful – We are internally motivated and externally empowered to identify opportunities and solve problems.
Derisk Thoughtfully – We lean into the biggest risks we face as a company and put in the work to address them systematically.
Find the Positive-Sum – We believe in creating incentive structures that align the needs of our company, our customers, and our planet.
Ambrook is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building diversity and inclusion into our core company culture.