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The Polymerist • 199 implied HN points • 05 Mar 24
  1. Successful R&D projects often take longer than expected, like Evonik's 10+ year journey into biosurfactants
  2. In Europe, a longer-term view in R&D is enforced, making it more appealing for chemical innovation than the US
  3. There is a need for a breakout success in sustainable chemical startups in the US, similar to Tesla in the automobile industry
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Japan Optimist • 176 implied HN points • 25 Mar 23
  1. Japan's start-ups and venture capital outperform global peers with a 18% net IRR per year in the decade before COVID.
  2. Japan's venture capital ecosystem attracts top talent and continues to grow, showing a 7% outperformance over TOPIX.
  3. Japan's government actively supports entrepreneurship and innovation, aiming to create '100 Unicorns by 2027' through public-private partnerships and deregulation.
Dr. Pippa's Pen & Podcast • 29 implied HN points • 12 Mar 23
  1. The financial world has issues with captive models, where banks raise money for clients and hold it, leading to potential risks like re-hypothecation.
  2. Start-ups, especially in Silicon Valley, faced challenges with raising capital and high failure rates, raising questions about the funding and support system for these businesses.
  3. There is a need to better understand the difference between having a brilliant product and building a successful business, as many founders struggle to make that transition.
Mike Talks AI • 19 implied HN points • 27 Apr 23
  1. Recommended AI podcast episodes cover topics like AI safety, self-driving cars, and deep learning.
  2. Podcasts like 'My First Million' and 'a16z' offer insights on AI in entrepreneurship and the creator economy.
  3. Diverse range of podcasts explore AI applications in fields like image recognition, sensor data analysis, and deep learning models.
paxtier • 1 implied HN point • 10 Mar 24
  1. About 40% of seaweed start-ups are actually led by women, showing a significant presence of female leadership in the industry.
  2. In developing countries, women play crucial roles in various stages of the seaweed value chain, such as farming, harvesting, processing, and marketing, empowering them economically and socially.
  3. While progress has been made with female leadership in the algae industry, challenges like limited access to resources, unequal pay, and underrepresentation in decision-making processes still exist, highlighting the need for further action towards gender equality.
The Kahneman Bot • 19 implied HN points • 13 Feb 23
  1. To get into tech as a behavioral scientist, consider starting in a junior PM role, transferring internally, working at a startup, or starting your own company.
  2. Before transitioning into tech, make sure you enjoy building software and understand how tech teams work.
  3. Experienced behavioral scientists can enter tech by joining a big tech company as a researcher, rebranding as a data scientist, or joining a tech company that values behavioral science as part of its IP.
CyberSecurityMew • 0 implied HN points • 29 May 23
  1. 91 cybersecurity start-ups completed their first round of financing in the past 3 years, taking an average of 22 months
  2. About 16% of companies completed their first financing within 60 days, while more than 21% took about 3 years or more
  3. Z-ONE Consulting is specialized in cyber security business research and acceleration in China, offering various services for cyber security start-ups
Joshua Gans' Newsletter • 0 implied HN points • 22 May 23
  1. Estonia leads the world in having the most $1 billion-plus valued start-ups per capita, showcasing a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  2. Estonia has achieved an outstanding digital society, with a government that operates paperlessly and based on the principle of entering information only once, setting a new standard for efficiency and convenience.
  3. The success of Estonia's digital transformation was not immediately evident in the physical environment, highlighting the importance of deliberate legal and political decisions driving technological advancements.
Joshua Gans' Newsletter • 0 implied HN points • 25 Feb 13
  1. Our interaction with devices has evolved from keyboards to touchscreens and gestures.
  2. Personal-specific interfaces like MYO offer customization for individuals, while device-specific interfaces like LeapMotion rely on standardized gestures.
  3. The battle between device-specific and personal-specific interfaces has implications for entrepreneurial strategies in the interface space.