We are not just a company. We are a group of tight-knit individuals all working together to achieve our common goals. Founded on the values of respect for each other and the environment, moral and intellectual rigor, open-mindedness, humor and creativity, we believe we are great because of the people on our team, the people backing us up, and the people we work for.

These principles have lead us to adopt the Strengthsfinder method, in which everyones' natural talents are identified, honored and strengthened. Through the Strengsthfinder method, we are able to foster every employee's personal leadership abilities, expressing a more stregth-based leadership style and thoughtful job descriptions rather than company hierarchy. Find everyone's TOP FIVE listed below their name, role and photo.

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Sébastien Payen
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
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Maxime Lardeur
Developer, Data Scientist
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Mathieu Vesy
Software Engineer
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Maxwell Derry
Vineyard Data Collection Specialist
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Philip Gauthier
Director of Field Operations and Data Analysis
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Benjamin Soufflet
Software Engineer
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Samantha Vinsot
Office Manager
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Ryan Hill
Customer Support and Data Analyst
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Catherine Gomez
Director of Operations
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Cecile Laurent
Researcher in winemaking
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Thibaut Scholasch
Founder and VP of Research and Development
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Sébastien Payen

Sébastien holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Management of Technology certificate from Haas Business School. His Ph.D. work included the development of sensors, micro-technology and polymer materials. As part of his work, he designed novel micro-biosensors to detect changes in pH using plastics and polymers, resulting in one US and international patent. In addition to his PhD, Mr. Payen is a Mayfield Fellow 2006. Prior to coming at UC Berkeley, Mr. Payen served one year in the French Navy as a deck officer on a mine-hunter. He also worked as a scientist and process engineer in a small biotechnology start-up in the Bay Area between June 2003 and May 2004. Mr. Payen received his Master of Sciences from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in May 2003. In July 2001, prior to coming at UC Berkeley, Mr. Payen graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, one of the top engineering schools in France.

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Maxime Lardeur

I began my studies in Montpellier and moved quite a lot from Annecy to Sevilla and succed my engineer diploma in 2007. Then I spend one year in Paris to follow a Master in acoustics, and music processing. Before working for Fruition Sciences I was a Research and Developpement Engineer at Decathlon, a french sport firm, in charge of studying users perception and users datas to create new sports experiences. Passionated by sciences and nature, I joined the Fruition team in 2015 as a polyvalent developer, data scientist. I invest myself to get Fruition products at the forefront of innovation, in order to offer to our clients the best experience by cultivating knowledge. Optimistic, and open minded, I like to share moments of life with ease. In my free time I like to practice sports, play music, and travel contemplating nature.

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Mathieu Vesy

During my studies of computer engineer at Epitech Montpellier, I had the chance to travel and discover the South Korean culture. When I returned to France, I joined Fruition Sciences for my final year internship. Having farmer parents, it is important for me to associate my passion for new technologies and the agricultural field, to take part of its progress. Having graduated, I am now part of the team and I am still working on the development of the new features of Fruition 3.0. Outside of work I enjoy walks in nature and discover new places, I also devote myself to DIY to improve the objects around me.

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Maxwell Derry

I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business. Growing up traveling and spending most of the days outside, I built a strong connection to the environment and sustainable living. In my free time I enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and playing rugby or golf.

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Philip Gauthier

I graduated from California State University Stanislaus in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Sciences. After college I ventured into the wine industry and spent several years doing seasonal work and intern positions in winemaking and viticulture both in the US and abroad. I joined the Fruition Sciences team as a field technician in the 2017 season and throughout the years here I’ve taken on a data analysis and management role in the company, specializing in SapFlow sensors. In 2021 I received my Master’s Degree in GIS from Penn State University, which gave me the tools to bring a new spatial aspect to the plant and climatic data that I work with on a daily basis. In my free time I like to hike and spend time outdoors, travel as often as possible, and try cooking new foods.

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Benjamin Soufflet

Benjamin earned in 2009 a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences with a major in distributed computer systems from CPE Lyon. Prior to Fruition Sciences, Benjamin worked 6 months in 2009 for his final year project as a Software Engineer in the European IT consulting company Sopra Group on the web upgrade of a real estate software system. He also worked one year as a web developer for SugarCRM, an open-source CRM software company in the Bay Area between July 2007 and September 2008. Benjamin is mainly working on the Fruition web application and on the IT infrastructure.

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Samantha Vinsot

I did my studies in Lyon at The Paul Bocuse Institute where I obtained my management hotel licence diploma. I worked during 10 years in the industry of hotels and catering. Through my diferentes experiences, I developed accounting and manager’s skills.Passionated by the universe of wine, with the desire to take new challenges and discover the world of Start-up, I joined the Fruition Sciences team in 2016. I’m accounting and executive assistant. I’m in charge of all administratives parts ! Open-minded and naturaly curious, I like discover new culture, traveling and nature walking !

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Ryan Hill

From pig farms in Guatemala to oilfields in Kazakhstan, I have been fortunate to discover my love of culture, data, and agriculture which brought me to Fruition Sciences. Here I get to support customers managing data and developing insights into a hidden world of plant behavior through sensors and data.

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Catherine Gomez

Cat graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Through her work on small, organic farms and travel Cat strengthened her passion for adventure, personal connection and fostering sustainable action. At Fruition Sciences she works with all teams to oversee individual and team development.

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Cecile Laurent

My parents being farmers, I have always been aware of the challenge there is on field to integrate various elements of understandings, both scientific and practical, to take a decision. I studied agricultural engineering, especially viticulture, and wine making in Montpellier SupAgro. After various experiences in France and abroad, I started a Ph. D. thesis with Fruition Sciences. Since 2018, I have been working on the understanding of the temporality of grape vine yield elaboration and on how to take into account the influence of environmental factors such as climate, soil and cultural practices to forecast yield. Apart from work, what I especially like is being outdoors : hiking, climbing, going to the beach, photo trip or even having a drink in a sunny terrace... I always have a good excuse!

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Thibaut Scholasch

Co-Founder of Fruition Sciences, Thibaut brings his technical and scientific expertise in viticulture and enology to the company. He conceived the conceptual framework for 360viti (ex Fruition Analytics) and selected the tools to be connected to the vineyard. Throughout this experience, he became an expert in controlling the effects of environmental stresses on vine physiology, fruit and wine quality – such as light, temperatures, nitrogen or water stresses on grape composition. He has worked as a winemaker and consulted for wineries all around the world (France, Chile, California, Australia, Argentina, Israel). Thibaut has a passion for understanding what drives vine health to make good wines.

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