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#122: Insects for Alternative Protein, from Y Combinator to a Mississippi farm — Trina Chiasson⁠⁠, CEO of ⁠⁠Ovipost⁠⁠

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⭐ My guest today is ⁠Trina Chiasson⁠, Founder and CEO of ⁠Ovipost⁠, a VC-backed insect protein company creating automation hardware and software in order to scale alternative proteins.

Previously, Trina co-founded and sold a tech company, Infoactive, to Tableau Software. She wrote a juggling pattern notation app and used circus arts to teach physics to low-income students. And she rode her bicycle more than 4,000 miles on a self-supported adventure from Maine to Oregon to raise money for a nonprofit.

So, yeah, she’s pretty cool. ---

🎙️ In this episode, we talked about:

- The kind of person that wants to work with insect protein (The answer? “Fanatical, insane people. We weren’t built for normal life. We hate being bored and we love adventure. As a result, each of us wove a weird, windy path to Ovipost.”)

- The surprising fact that 80% of cultures around the world eat bugs

- How finishing her undergraduate degree in two years relates to her path as an entrepreneur

- The amazing growth rates of her bugs – 50x in 5 weeks

- How she pivoted from a pure tech company coming out of Y Combinator to a bug farm operator in Mississippi and Florida

- The reasons they focus on crickets (the “gateway” insect) and superworms (yum!)

- Why there is no “single bug” solution to insect protein

- How I relate to her work (Hint: Thai-flavored cricket legs washed down with coconut milk soup)

- Why her commitment to vegetarianism for 25 years is not at odds with insect protein

- And lots more


🙏 Hope you enjoy it!

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