3 simple rules venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki gave me for running a startup

I was fortunate enough to personally meet Guy Kawasaki, best-selling author, empowering speaker, and all-around entrepreneurship evangelist, at SXSW 2017. If anybody has the inside scoop on how to get a startup off the ground, it’s him. Here are three important things I learned from speaking with Guy, which I bet can help you on your startup journey: #1  Focus on your prototype, not your pitch You’ve met them at startup cons and bootcamps. Maybe you are one yourself. You know who I’m talking about — those guys who obsess over their pitch, who are so concerned with getting it…

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This blockchain-based startup will cut out the middlemen in travel booking

The travel and tourism industry is worth nearly $ 1.6 trillion globally and accounts for one-tenth of the world’s GDP. Despite this vast market, the industry is dominated by monopolies. This is quite evident in the space for travel booking services. Major players like Booking.com, Expedia, and Airbnb have become the go-to places for finding hotels and rooms but they all charge fees for the vendors while payment processing charges a fee on the customer. According to the Vietnam-based travel tech startup Concierge, up to 50 percent of transaction value goes to middlemen like booking services and not the actual service…

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Startup Proposes Using Stem Cells From Placentas for Regenerative Medicine

A new exploration of stem cells from placentas could drastically advance regenerative medicine. Peter Diamandis, X-Prize and Singularity University founder, recently teamed up with Robert Hariri, the founder of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, to study these specific stem cells in the hopes of discovering new regenerative therapies.

The initiative, called Celularity, is built around the idea that stem cells found in the human placenta (which transports nutrients to fetuses as they grow) are ideal for regenerating tissue and organs. According to Celularity, the cells can be taken from any placenta, which typically just gets discarded, and placed into any human without the risk of rejection.

By harvesting stem cells from the temporary organ, the technique bypasses the ethical controversy faced by embryonic stem cell research. Additionally, because stem cells from placentas are abundant and relatively available, treatments would theoretically be both cost-effective and routine. It would also allow treatments to begin sooner.

“Our ultimate mission is to make 100 years old the new 60 and to provide people with maximal aesthetic, mobility, and cognition as they age,” Diamandis said in an interview with TechCrunch. “The 20 years of science, research, and intellectual property pioneered by my visionary partner Dr. Bob Hariri, is the cornerstone for the coming longevity revolution.”

So, how realistic are Celularity’s ambitious goals? Well, Diamandis has been delving into longevity research since at least 2014 when he co-founded Human Longevity Inc. Additionally, Celularity has so far raised about $ 250 million, has conducted several clinical trials, and treated many patients, Hariri told TechCrunch. 

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The Celularity team expects to receive FDA approval within the next year or two. If they do, perhaps the novel treatments could soon become available to the general public.

After the birth of a baby, there are usually strict rules governing what parents can do with the placenta (as they may want to take it home or even sell it). Therefore, Celularity takes something that most often becomes waste from hospitals and uses it to potentially develop novel treatments for a host of diseases — including cancers.

The start-up is currently the only company in the U.S. doing so, but if they get approval and prove that effective treatments can be derived from placental stem cells, the technique could spawn a much larger medical movement.

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How Latin American governments are assisting their local startup ecosystems

Launching a successful startup is hard work. Launching a successful startup in an environment which lacks a supportive local business ecosystem and startup friendly government, can become nigh on impossible. Even in the startup mecca of Silicon Valley, guns remain less regulated than startups, and early stage companies continue to have their feet tied together with red tape, bureaucratic practices, and strict government regulations that limit their potential for growth. But while the governments of the world’s most advanced economies are still holding startups back on the starting line, administrations in emerging markets are recognizing the economic benefits of accessible…

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