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Y Combinator wants 100 times more MRI scans

Leveraging resources such as virtual data rooms and shared labs makes it easier for biotech startups to grow. This is good news: We need more companies attacking cancer from novel angles.

Safety by design

Tech's ability to reinvent the wheel can mean ignoring truths that others have learned. But new founders are sometimes figuring it out for themselves faster than predecessors.

Can AI do ugly?

Some thoughts on AI aesthetics, the challenge of uninsurability, and how to pitch a biotech startup to non-experts.

The two faces of AI

We all make mistakes. But sometimes we forget that technology does, too — especially when it comes to AI, which is still in its early days in many respects.

What if the metaverse had legs?

I would be lying if I said that mixed reality and generative AI were two of my favorite things. And yet, a Christmas Day TV special made me unexpectedly bullish about them.

Democracies are fragile, and hardware is hard

Sometimes it's important to state the obvious. That democracies are fragile but that technology can help. And also that crowdfunding isn't always the best way to launch an innovative product.

Do you believe in job after job?

People moving on to new jobs is not a bad thing — and not only when they have been laid off. That's why it's uplifting to see employers encourage this process.

Shein a light

We won't be getting our hands on a Shein filing just yet, but we can’t wait to.

Time for moderation?

Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen made it clear that while he was keen on buying Convoy because of the "incredible tech stack" it built, he wasn't buying its strategy.

Will Airbnb’s co-founder build your next home?

Samara raised $41 million "to bring high quality ADUs to every backyard in California and beyond." ADUs refer to accessory dwelling units, or more plainly, backyard homes.

Will this former future unicorn be sold for parts?

While Luko could still sell itself, it seems less likely to receive a "very competitive offer."

Can AI lift our spirits?

The last quarter in venture capital was quite gloomy. Even AI didn't change the picture that much, but its impact is starting to show in other ways. 

In insurtech, too, business models aren’t one-size-fits-all

German insurtech company Getsafe is still bullish about direct-to-consumer insurance, but others are moving away from this business model.

More funding for defense tech?

It is too early to tell how long the Israel-Hamas war may last, but it is likely to make democracies' need for defense tech even clearer.

Crypto is about a lot more than a former golden boy turned villain

"Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall" by investigative reporter Zeke Faux has several chapters on FTX's founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, but it's also about crypto more broadly.

Venture capital is opening the gates for defense tech

Anduril is symbolic of a trend in which defense tech and venture capital dollars are no longer antithetic.

Disability tech startups kill the cynic in me

"Accessibility is a human right," reads a sticker from the Howe Innovation Center. And for sure, it is great to see startups help companies make this a reality.

The future of batteries needs more than venture capital

French battery maker Verkor secured more than €2 billion (around $2.1 billion) to build its Dunkirk gigafactory, which is set to be operational by 2025.

Rainbow or storm?

Some fintech companies are weathering the storm better than others and seeing an end in sight.

Making the world a better place?

Managing returns efficiently is a necessity for online sellers; to keep their customers happy to retain them, but also because reducing their environmental impact becomes no longer optional.
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