How We Started
After stepping aside from the day-to-day operations of Smartsheet, Brent Frei returned to his hometown farming community of Grangeville, ID. He was quickly put to work picking rock in the prairie’s summer heat. Reminded of the human toll of rock picking, Brent set out to design a solution to this age-old problem by founding his fourth company, TerraClear.
Prior to TerraClear, Brent founded Onyx Software, Smartsheet, and HarvestWest farmland investment fund. He took both Onyx Software and Smartsheet from inception to IPO, and market capitalizations in excess of $1B, while HarvestWest manages more than 13,000 acres. Drawing on this deep network in the technology sector, Brent assembled a team to officially found TerraClear in December 2017.
The team has since expanded into a dynamic group with deep experience in software, hardware, machine learning, product development, leadership, and most importantly farming. TerraClear has grown quickly, raising $13M from investors including Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group. Now with offices and workshops in Bellevue, WA, and Grangeville, ID, TerraClear continues to integrate advanced technologies towards solving real-world problems.