Hello all, I am new around here, looking into finally growing my own green for the first time.
I don’t have a green thumb, and have never grown anything before. I am a software devops engineer by trade, and my time is crazy valuable, so the automation aspect of the Grobo device is what has finally convinced me to give growing a try. I’d say it’s fairly revolutionary in that aspect!
However, as someone who knows very well how these software automation projects can go bad… I’d like to learn a little more about Grobo as a company before spending such a large amount on a device that could potentially become a brick in just a few years.
I realize some of these may be very difficult (or impossible) to answer, and some of them may seem naive since I’ve not really done more than a days worth of research… but my questions are:
It appears that Grobo is mostly backed by venture capital (according to Pitchbook, apparently an early round in 2016, and a second round in late 2019?). How far away is Grobo from being self-sustaining based on sales? What is Grobo’s runway, before they would need to further increase sales or obtain another round of VC funding?
Assuming Grobo did go out of business one day and their software went offline, what would happen to the Grobo unit? Will they all cease to function?
Apparently the Grobo unit requires full-time internet access in order to communicate with the Grobo software/servers. Is there a way to host the Grobo software locally on-premises (enterprise mode), in order to avoid sending outbound network traffic to a Grobo-owned server? If not, why?
Is that outbound internet traffic always secure?
Will Grobo software ever become open source, in order to allow community contributions? For example, adding custom recipes or adding custom sensors.
Are you hiring? How can I help?
Despite the price, the Grobo system appears to be overwhelmingly the best automated growing solution on the market. But you know, you often get what you pay for. I’m pretty excited to be living in a time where something like this exists. I’m looking forward to ordering and growing something for myself.