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  • Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

    Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

    Pavlov and his dogs proved conditioning shapes behavior patterns. A hundred years later, a startup called Pavlok hopes the same theory and its electroshock wristband will make us exercise, wake up on time, and stop procrastinating. Launching today on Indiegogo starting at $99, Pavlok’s app lets you set up goals like hitting the gym or avoiding social media sites, and then its… Read More

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    StartX Opens Biolab For Stanford Startups

    StartX And QB3 Open A Biotech Lab In Palo Alto

    StartX, the nonprofit accelerator program spun out of Stanford University, is opening a biotech laboratory in conjunction with QB3, the institute focused on molecular biology research at the University of California. The space is intended for early stage medical and hardware tech companies, providing equipment useful for molecular biology startups and early stage hardware startups. Read More

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    The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

    The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

    Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That’s literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the blood vessels within the sclera, the white part of your eye, to unlock your bank account. This eliminates any possibility of a hacker… Read More

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    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

    During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More

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    TeVido BioDevices 3D-Prints Skin And Fat Grafts For Breast Cancer Survivors

    TeVido BioDevices 3D-Prints Skin And Fat Grafts For Breast Cancer Survivors

    Laura Bosworth spends most of her time talking about breasts — nipples, specifically. For the past three years as CEO of TeVido BioDevices, which works with human tissue and 3D printing to create skin and fat grafts, Bosworth has been researching how these products can help breast cancer survivors. For women who survive breast cancer, the damage left behind by lumpectomies or… Read More

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    Glowing Plant Is One Of Y Combinator’s Very First Biotech Startups

    Glowing Plant Is One Of Y Combinator’s Very First Biotech Startups

    Long known for backing software plays, Y Combinator is starting to dip its toes into biotech. In its latest batch is a new synthetic biology startup called Glowing Plant that blew away Kickstarter funding goals last year with plans to engineer — you guessed it — a glow-in-the-dark plant. Glowing Plant’s aims are to build functional plants for the home that could repel insects… Read More

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    Clear Ear’s Products Are Safe Alternatives To Cotton Swabs

    Clear Ear’s Products Are Safe Alternatives To Cotton Swabs

    Ear wax might not seem like a big deal, but for people who are hard of hearing or have issues with their middle ear, a build up of the substance can seriously impact their quality of life. Now a startup called Clear Ear wants to make it easier for people to keep their ears healthy with two products. Read More

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    Why The First YC-Backed Biotech Company May Just Be The Future Of Pharma

    Why The First YC-Backed Biotech Company May Just Be The Future Of Pharma

    Gingko Bioworks sounds kind of like a mad science lab of the future. The Boston-based biotech company is currently working on a project with DARPA to treat antibiotic-resistant germs, using designer microbes to convert CO2 emissions into fuel and is somehow making yeast smell like roses. Gingko Bioworks co-founder Jason Kelly considers these projects, and many others, the future of the… Read More

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    Bio-Tech Startup WISErg Raises $5M To Brings Its Food Waste Recycler To California

    Bio-Tech Startup WISErg Raises $5M To Brings Its Food Waste Recycler To California

    WISErg, a bio-tech company that recycles discarded food into organic fertilizer while harvesting data from the scraps, announced today that it has raised a Series B round of $5 million from private investors. This brings the total WISErg has raised to $7.75 million and will allow the Redmond, WA-based company to expand into California. Read More

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    Investment Outlook Is Sunny In The Cloud Capital

    Investment Outlook Is Sunny In The Cloud Capital

    Tomorrow TechCrunch will touch down in the Cloud Capital to showcase some local talent in Seattle’s startup scene, where venture capital deals are on the rise. In the last quarter, Seattle-based companies raised over $500 million in venture funding — the highest amount raised in a single quarter to date — according to CrunchBase data. In the past year, the region has seen… Read More