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Thomas Jonas

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas believes in asking the big questions but also in finding new and different solutions. When a chance encounter on the beach in Hawaii led Thomas to a lab in Montana where he met Mark, he saw infinite possibilities in the tiny microscopic organism. When others often ask why, Thomas’ curiosity drives him to ask, why not and what if? Why not use the nutritional power of Fy to positively impact the environment and disrupt the food industry? What if Fy could feed people today and for generations to come? And as a former officer in the French Air Force, Thomas knows that even the sky is not the limit.
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Dr. Mark Kozubal

Chief Science Officer

Mark loves exploring science to find groundbreaking ways to benefit mankind. True to his curious nature, he journeyed to Yellowstone National Park and later discovered an extremophile microbe in samples taken from the hot springs. This microbe eventually grew to become our nutritional fungi protein, Fy. As a leading expert in extremophile organisms, it’s no surprise that his deep knowledge has led NASA, the National Science Foundation, the USDA, and the EPA to seek him out. When Mark isn’t researching extremophiles, he likes to mountain bike, backcountry ski, and strum guitar.
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Matthew Strongin

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew is passionate about leveraging technology to deliver a sustained impact on the planet and our society. This enthusiasm led him to Nature’s Fynd after working in venture capital and banking. As a venture investor in early-stage companies focused on agriculture and energy, Matthew experienced firsthand the struggles and rewards of commercializing technologies that both challenge convention and create sustainable solutions that disrupt the food industry in a positive way. He enjoys building towards audacious goals using his innovative spirit— just ask him about completely remodeling his home in his spare time.
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Karuna Rawal

Chief Marketing Officer

As a marketer with award-winning international success, Karuna was ready for the challenge of building a purpose-driven brand from the ground up. That brand? Nature’s Fynd. Karuna’s broad experience in launching new food innovations combined with an intentional focus on how we can create a better food system led her to this position. Building on the company’s unique origins, Karuna is crafting a compelling narrative for Nature’s Fynd. And her own enthusiasm for food extends beyond her kitchen to seeking out amazing tasting vegan food. So if you’re in Chicago, ask her to share a favorite recipe or restaurant she last visited for a flawless recommendation.
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Jim Millis

Chief Technology Officer

Jim’s belief is simple: live modestly and leave the world in a better place than you found it. He does this by preparing food from his own garden and through his work at Nature’s Fynd. With over thirty years of working as an entrepreneurial leader and his expertise in fermentation technology, Jim helped create the breakthrough method used to grow our nutritional fungi protein, Fy. This innovative spirit comes from a family of creators. With a woodshop on his family’s farm and an uncle in the business of wood lathes, Jim also loves woodturning to craft stunning bowls from reclaimed wood.
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Press and Media

Nature’s Fynd Announces Simul­ta­ne­ous Launch of New-to-the-World Dairy-Free and Meat­less Foods

New Fy™ Break­fast Bun­dles, con­tain­ing both dairy-free cream cheese and meat­less break­fast pat­ties, are now avail­able for lim­it­ed release on natures​fynd​.com.

CHICA­GO, Feb. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nature’s Fynd™, a food-tech com­pa­ny pro­duc­ing a nutri­tion­al fun­gi pro­tein called Fy™, announced today that its Fy Break­fast Bun­dle, includ­ing Orig­i­nal Dairy-Free Cream Cheese and Orig­i­nal Meat­less Break­fast Pat­ties, are now avail­able for pre­order at www​.natures​fynd​.com. The two prod­ucts, which are veg­an and non-GMO, give con­sumers an exclu­sive first-taste of the break­fast prod­uct line set to release more broad­ly lat­er this year. The lim­it­ed release bun­dles are avail­able for $14.99 plus ship­ping, and ship­ment eli­gi­bil­i­ty spans the 48 con­tigu­ous states.

Nature’s Fynd is on a quest to dra­mat­i­cal­ly improve the food sys­tem through its one-of-a-kind nutri­tion­al fun­gi pro­tein, Fy, derived from a nat­u­ral­ly-occur­ring microbe with ori­gins in Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park. The unpar­al­leled ver­sa­til­i­ty of Fy enables Nature’s Fynd to cre­ate a wide vari­ety of meat­less and dairy-free foods. Fy’s ver­sa­til­i­ty is great for any meal­time occa­sion from break­fast to din­ner, and all fla­vor pref­er­ences from sweet to savory. More­over, Fy is veg­an, rich in pro­tein and fiber, and non-GMO cer­ti­fied —plus it con­tains no cho­les­terol or trans fats.

Fy is grown using Nature’s Fynd’s break­through fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy, which unlocked a new food pro­duc­tion process that is more resource-effi­cient and sus­tain­able than tra­di­tion­al pro­tein pro­duc­tion. Thanks to the nat­ur­al resilience and effi­cien­cy of the microbe, the company’s fer­men­ta­tion method uses a frac­tion of the water, land, and ener­gy com­pared to tra­di­tion­al pro­tein sources.

We choose opti­mism so that we can find a way to do more with less. Using our nov­el liq­uid-air sur­face fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy, we’re cre­at­ing a range of sus­tain­able foods that nour­ish our bod­ies and nur­ture our plan­et for gen­er­a­tions to come. We’re real­ly excit­ed to be at the begin­ning of this jour­ney with the launch of our first-ever lim­it­ed release of Fy Break­fast Bun­dles,” said Nature’s Fynd CEO Thomas Jonas. We’ve deeply stud­ied our con­sumers and we know that Fy’s unique ver­sa­til­i­ty, which deliv­ers great tast­ing meat and dairy alter­na­tives for every occa­sion, is high­ly appealing.”

Vis­it www​.natures​fynd​.com to join their com­mu­ni­ty of food opti­mists and fol­low the brand’s Insta­gram and YouTube for exclu­sive updates. To view and down­load brand videos and pic­tures, click here.

About Nature’s Fynd
Nature’s Fynd is a Chica­go-based food-tech com­pa­ny cre­at­ing ver­sa­tile alter­na­tive pro­teins to nour­ish the world’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion while nur­tur­ing the plan­et. Born out of research con­duct­ed for NASA on microbes with ori­gins in Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park, the company’s break­through fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy pro­duces Fy™. Fy is a new-to-the-world, nutri­tion­al fun­gi pro­tein that only uses a frac­tion of the resources required by tra­di­tion­al agri­cul­ture. The com­pa­ny has raised over $150 mil­lion in equi­ty and debt financ­ing to date. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it www​.natures​fynd​.com.