Startup plans to allow access to gene-editing enzyme | Lyft enters its first market outside US | Amazon's Whole Foods deal fuels growth at Shipt, Instacart
December 13, 2017
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Startup plans to allow access to gene-editing enzyme
Startup plans to allow access to gene-editing enzyme
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Inscripta, which says it has discovered an enzyme known as CRISPR-MAD7 that could be used to edit genetic code, says it wants to make the enzyme widely available. The startup is planning to make money by selling machines to scientists.
Forbes (12/13) 
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Today In Startups
Lyft enters its first market outside US
Lyft has launched its ride-hailing service in Toronto, marking the company's first move beyond the US. It will compete with Uber, several taxi services and a few small ride-hailing startups.
TechCrunch (12/12) 
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Amazon's Whole Foods deal fuels growth at Shipt, Instacart
Amazon's Whole Foods deal fuels growth at Shipt, Instacart
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Grocery delivery services Shipt and Instacart have grown significantly since Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market, as supermarket chains around the country rushed to implement online shopping options. Instacart will be operating in more than 170 markets by year's end, and Shipt plans to be in 140 markets by the end of next year.
Bloomberg (free registration) (12/12) 
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Blue Origin tests Crew Capsule 2.0 vehicle
Blue Origin, the space company backed by Jeff Bezos, held an inaugural flight for its Crew Capsule 2.0 this week with a dummy aboard to collect data about the types of forces that passengers might experience. Blue Origin is aiming for manned flights by early 2019.
TechCrunch (12/13) 
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Make Your Startup Better
6 steps to fundraising success
Most of your success or failure during the fundraising process can be attributed to your business concept and your team, but following a sound process can improve your odds, says Kevin Ryan, who has helped to raise $750 million for startups. He offers a six-step process that involves lining up meetings and being strategic about the order in which you pitch venture capital firms.
First Round Review (12/12) 
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Trust your gut as your business grows
You will gain access to more data and sources of advice as your company grows, but you shouldn't ignore the instincts that have fueled your initial success, writes Chris Savage, CEO of Wistia. "When your company is aligned with your instincts, every stakeholder is on the same page about the direction the company is headed," he notes.
Savage Thoughts (12/12) 
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The secrets of building a thriving startup
Paying attention to global trends, doing your research and embracing diversity are key steps for achieving your goals, entrepreneurs say. "By opening up to diversity, you will receive feedback from a multitude of backgrounds, which can strengthen your business in ways you never thought possible," notes Christina Kelmon of Belle en Argent.
Forbes (12/12) 
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Funding, IPOs and Acquisitions
When Entrepreneurs Fail
Troubled Tezos project experiences resignation of board member
Guido Schmitz-Krummacher has resigned from his post as a board member at the Swiss foundation that carried out a funding round worth $232 million for the Tezos cryptocurrency project. Infighting has plagued the project, and it was reportedly the reason for Schmitz-Krummacher's resignation.
Reuters (12/12) 
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The world is smaller than it has ever been before due to globalization and ever-expanding access to the internet, which presents an enormous array of opportunities to entrepreneurs.
Liza Moiseeva of GlobeIn, as quoted at Forbes
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