Wild Earth: Ryan Bethencourt
Why dogs should be vegans, euthanasia drugs in pet food, the biohacker movement, life extension, Mark Cuban, psychedelics, bio-fabricated nipples, and so much more!
Fellow Climate Warriors,
This episode I drink 🇨🇺 Cuba Libres with Ryan Bethencourt, Co-founder and CEO of Wild Earth.
Join us as we discuss why dogs should be vegans, euthanasia drugs in pet food, the biohacker movement, life extension, Mark Cuban, launching and scaling IndieBio, how to pitch billionaires, psychedelics, bio-fabricated nipples, storing digital data in DNA, how food is leading the way in bio-innovation, and so much more!
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Ryan Bethencourt, Co-founder and CEO of Wild Earth
“The more I looked into it, the more broken the pet food industry was. It accounts for 25-30% of meat consumed in the U.S...it just makes no sense because we can make protein out of yeast, out of fungi, out of plants...and so I’m like, somebody needs to start this company.” -Ryan Bethencourt, Co-founder and CEO of Wild Earth.
Ryan Bethencourt (@ryanbethencourt) is a co-founder and CEO at Wild Earth (@wildearthpets), bringing years of experience in leading, building and advising high-growth food and biotechnology companies. Ryan is a biotech entrepreneur, investor, and one of the founders of the biohacker movement. He’s a co-founder, former Program Director, and Venture Partner at IndieBio (@indbio) and has invested in over 110 early stage biotech startups and served as the head of life sciences at the XPRIZE Foundation (@xprize). As an ethical vegan, Ryan is passionate about the future of biology as a technology, applied across all industries to solve some of humanity’s most intractable problems. Ryan fosters dogs for Rocket Dog Rescue and is passionate about mindfulness, meditation, and mentoring.
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Companies/Startups mentioned during the show:
🐣 EAT Just
🐣 Bark Box
People/places/things mentioned during the episode
🧠Working Draft of Human Genome
🧠George W. Bush Stem Cell Research Ban
🧠Starfleet Academy (Star Trek HQ)
🧠Mark Cuban experiences rugpull with Titan
[2:00] Drink of the show
[4:23] Growing up in London + Miami
[5:27] Sci-fi as inspiration to pursue biotech
[8:30] Discovery of human genome
[12:00] Leaving his PhD program
[14:30] Working on biotech clinical trials
[22:20] Biotech crash and the biohacker movement
[26:30] Launching IndieBio
[34:00] Clara Foods putting IndieBio on the map
[37:00] Biofabricated nipples
[40:00] Storing digital data in DNA
[42:30] Food leading the way in bio innovation
[45:00] Epoch shift in food innovation and his own angel investing
[47:40] The moment Ryan decided to launch Wild Earth
[49:00] Euthanasia drug found in pet food
[50:00] Importance of pet food and size of market
[54:00] Longest lived dog and why dogs should be vegans
[56:50] Wild Earth science for dummies
[60:00] Difficulties Wild Earth has faced along its journey
[1:06:00] Mark Cuban as an investor
[1:10:00] Just closing a $23MM funding round
[1:12:30] Tips and tricks for closing a billionaire
[1:15:00] Top 3 favorite books
[1:18:30] Top 3 startups exciting Ryan the most