Kirk Ballou has built a portfolio based on mobile apps and cryptocurrency. Now, you can add Mother Earth to his growing résumé.
Ballou joined Dallas-based tech startup FLUX this month as chief technology officer and chief blockchain officer, bringing his expertise to the company that is previewing the launch in mid-May of a new protocol that merges blockchain and agriculture.
FLUX is an open-architecture, blockchain-based solution that connects environmental data to human needs, including smart greenhouse farming, fish farming, wine-making, and other agricultural applications.
“I’ve known Blake [Burris] for a dozen years and we have had the chance to work symbiotically in other startups.”
FLUX’s hardware-engineered robot collects data to enable productivity.
CEO Blake Burris said that Ballou brings the experience needed for FLUX to launch its mission “of urban farming for all.”
Ballou is CEO of app developer Touch Titans, and he brings more than 10 years of experience with digital development for such Fortune 500 companies as CNN, National Geographic, Red Bull, and Microsoft.
He’s also a contributor to open-source blockchain projects such as Zclassic and Bitcoin Private. He’s won the top awards at Stellar Build Challenge, Adobe’s Open Screen Fund, and AT&T’s Calling All Innovators.
“I’ve known Blake for a dozen years and we have had the chance to work symbiotically in other startups,” Ballou said in a post on Medium. “It started with Flux as an advisory position last fall and then the vision of the team inspired me to join FLUX as I got to know the team, history, and our collective capacity to achieve results.”
Burris said that Ballou will help FLUX fill out its development team between the U.S., Hong Kong, and Israel.
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