Rock picking test beds are shown at TerraClear. Rocks need to be removed from farmland to give crops room to grow and to avoid causing damage to expensive machinery. (Mike Racine Photo)
Brent Frei is learning how to pick rocks with a robot as he continues to work on his new company, TerraClear. Based on the interest generated by a new funding round, Frei may have picked another winner.
TerraClear raised $5.5 million in a friends and family round that Frei said was intended to raise $1 million or $2 million.
Brent Frei working on the family farm in Idaho. (Photo courtesy of Brent Frei)
Frei, the co-founder of Smartsheet — the Bellevue, Wash.-based company that went public in April — has been working on the Idaho farm where he grew up, developing a machine that he hopes will someday remove troublesome rocks from the land used to grow crops. He shed light on TerraClear this spring, and Thursday told GeekWire what the new funds will do.
“It’s capital to do all of our prototyping and build out the team and go bigger faster,” Frei said. “So far a lot of the design work we’ve been doing and the early prototyping, both …read more