Implantable 3D-printed organs could be coming sooner than you think

bioprinterAt MBC Biolabs, an incubator for biotech startups in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, a team of scientists and interns working for the small startup Prellis Biologics have just taken a big step on the path toward developing viable 3D-printed organs for humans. It can manufacture capillaries at a size and speed that would deliver 3D-printed organs to the market within the next five years. Read more>>

Why Series As Are Much Easier To Raise In 2018 Than The Past 5 Years

In the last six years, the median time between seed and Series A has more than tripled from about 200 days to about 750 days. Why? The seed market is in the midst of some secular changes. Seed rounds have declined 63% from their peak. Total dollars invested have fallen by 37%. But the median round size is up 3x in the same time period. In other words, investors are concentrating capital in fewer startups. Read more>>

 

VC Boosts Assistive Tech Startups To Make The World More Accessible

For most of us, our ability to see, hear, and move without assistance are but fleeting privileges. And there are many people who, by circumstance of birth or later life events, aren’t able to see, hear, or move parts of their bodies without assistance. The good news is there are many companies out there looking to develop tools, treatments, and solutions for disabled people. Furthermore, investors are committing capital to those technologies. Read more>>

This Scrappy Startup Wants To Save Family Farms. But Big Ag Is Fighting Back

Seed prices are surprisingly complex, but even herbicide and pesticide prices vary depending on a farm’s size and location, and agricultural suppliers tend to bundle products in a way that obscures their true cost. Since its founding, FBN has built a network of more than 6,500 farms to which it offers information, an online store and marketing help—all with the goal of making farmers more profitable. Read more>>

Pulling Water, Fuel, and Power From Thin Air Is Getting Practical

fuel-water-power-from-thin-air-co2-carbon-engineeringPulling things from thin air is generally considered a magic trick. But several recent research papers suggest we could soon be extracting valuable resources like water, fuel, and power from the atmosphere. Startup Carbon Engineering published a new technique for turning atmospheric CO2 into fuel last week that is starting to make the approach seem economically viable. Read more>>

Hypergrowth and The Law of Startup Physics

The leadership at Coinbase, Lyft, Checkr and other high-flying startups are grateful that their coach, Khalid Halim, didn’t skip out on a class called Military Science as an undergrad at UCLA: “I started noticing patterns in startups — which I’ve validated with executives and VCs over the years — that how companies scale and break matches military groupings.” Halim pulls at the strings of the phenomenon to articulate what he calls the law of startup physics.  Read more>>

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