In season 3, episode 5 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Brett Lemcke with RM Landscape, Luke Melograno with Mariani Landscape, and Macey Robinson with LandCare, talk with Mark Javier, founder of Plants Without Borders.
Javier studied economics at UC San Diego and worked for six years at various startups in Silicon Valley. He started Plants Without Borders, which is the first global trading platform for plants, in May of 2021 as a response to the global supply chain crisis.
He wants to make it easy for growers and retailers in the United States to source plants from all around the world. They now have suppliers from four countries on their platform, have customers all over the United States, and have facilitated more than $150,000 of transactions through the platform.
In this podcast, Javier talks about how he was able to build his start-up company and how he was able to get it developed to what it is today during a global supply chain crisis. He touches on having a unique angle of how you approach your start-up and the importance of looking 3-5 years down the road.
Listen to the full podcast below.