With $250 million, Peter Diamandis’ new startup is all about taking stem cells from placentas

Stem cells derived from a human placenta hold the key to unlocking a myriad of potentials in regenerative medicine and are the focus of X-Prize and Singularity University founder Peter Diamandis’ new endeavor. Called Celularity, the startup is a spinout from Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical company creating gene therapies. Celularity in the hopes of using stem cells found in the human placenta to quickly regenerate tissue and organs needed to treat cancer and other diseases. Read more>>

Attention, Founders: That ICO Is About To Dilute You, Too

ICOs are nothing less than a tectonic shift in the startup-funding environment. Alas, one of the most common misconceptions about ICOs is that they allow “non-dilutive financing.” You aren’t selling any shares, so there isn’t any dilution, right? Wrong. Clearly, when selling shares or tokens to investors, the investors expect those to appreciate and increase in value. If that’s the case, they will be sharing some of the future value of your venture, so there must be some dilution hidden here.  Read more>>

When Winning Means Losing in Negotiations

A common belief is that when we negotiate, we should push hard to get the best possible deal. Indeed, sometimes choosing a power-based strategy and pushing hard can yield great deals. Other times, power-based negotiations can raise resistance and lead to an impasse. But failure aside, the two most likely outcomes of power-based negotiations have long been assumed to be this: If you have more power than the counterparty, you win; otherwise, you lose. However, new research shows a third possible outcome: You may win, but you don’t get the value you expected. Read more>>

Why Customer Retention Lies at the Heart of Corporate Valuation

serial-entrepreneur-goldfishNew research from Wharton is changing the way investors are looking at the valuation of businesses by taking a closer look at the worth of those firms’ customers. Wharton marketing professor Peter Fader and Dan McCarthy, a professor at Emory University who earned his Ph.D. at Wharton, are behind this new method that has recently received a lot of attention for the insights it generated about the value of businesses including meal delivery services Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and online furniture retailers Wayfair and Overstock. Read more>>

This new company wants to sequence your genome and let you share it on a blockchain

Cryptocurrency in exchange for your genetic data! Sounds a bit like a scam, but it’s the premise behind a new company founded by a leading geneticist. Nebula Genomics says it plans to sequence your genome for under $1,000, give you insights about it, secure it using a blockchain, and allow you to do whatever you want with the data. Nebula wants to sequence people’s entire genomes and let them own it, allowing them to earn digital money by sharing it. Read more>>

11 Changes Entrepreneurs Should Make to Gain Long-Lasting Success

Today’s business world is changing at a rapid pace. To be successful, you need to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to incorporating new and exciting opportunities and ideas into your business venture. To develop your organization, you need to do your research on strategies and tactics used by successful groups in your field, as well as network, both via social media and in person. Below, 11 members of Young Entrepreneur Council talk about the approaches entrepreneurs need to consider in order to achieve longlasting success in the modern business world. Read more>>

Skills I Underestimated In The First Year Of My Startup

Knowing well of the risks and challenges that involves having a start-up, got me excited to face risks head on and overcome challenges. I’m sure every would-be entrepreneur and many actual entrepreneurs have this one question: “Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?” Of course, there are plenty of ideas on the web with tips and tricks, and even motivational quotes to get you going. However, do you have the skills? Read more>>

Unicorns gorge as investors dish up bigger rounds, more capital

Is there a point when investors will turn off the spigots for giant unicorn funding rounds? If so, we haven’t reached that threshold yet. Last year, investors put a record amount of capital into members of the Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboard, a list of private venture-backed companies valued at more than $1 billion. Globally, a staggering $66 billion went into unicorn companies in 2017, up 39 percent year-over-year, according to an analysis of Crunchbase data. Read more>>

How To Launch A Space Startup

New technology, investment, and policy are helping to boost smaller companies like Rocket Lab into the stratosphere. When husband and wife team Roderick and Randa Milliron founded Interorbital Systems in 1996, it was like many small businesses: A part-time project built on nights and weekends. The one big difference was that their small business designs rockets and build-your-own-satellite kits. Read more>>