Will bacteria in the gut lead to new breakthroughs in personalized medicine?

A recent panel discussion at VLAB event at Stanford University examined the role microbes might play in human health. Mark Bunger, Senior Research Director at Lux Research, moderated the event. As an introduction, Bunger shared some information on what would define a microbiome, where it resides, and how big is a mircrobiome. Microbiome is an [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00March 11th, 2015|Biotech, Event Summary, Food Technology, VLAB|Comments Off on Will bacteria in the gut lead to new breakthroughs in personalized medicine?

Young Entrepreneurs: Changing the Game (Part I)

“I saw a problem and wanted to solve it.” “I didn’t realize I was starting a company; I looked at it like I was working on a project.” “I didn’t want to work for anyone else.” Whatever the motivation, all five of the panelists on our January “Young Women Entrepreneur| Unbroken” panel have become successful [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00February 6th, 2015|Entrepreneur Spotlight, Event Summary, VLAB, Young Entrepreneurs|Comments Off on Young Entrepreneurs: Changing the Game (Part I)

Building an Enduring Business: Startup Culture

Gene Early co-founded a billion dollar genetics company, and now he’s teaching others what he learned in the process. Several years ago he joined the founding team of Genomic Health, a genetics and diagnostics company with a current market capitalization of over $1 billion. At the time he joined, he was tasked with guiding, nurturing, [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00January 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Building an Enduring Business: Startup Culture

Big Data from Space: Actionable Intelligence on Earth

“Space is no longer being defined by larger, more established companies, but rather new companies that are extending the boundaries.” Amaresh Kollipara The Industry Value Chain On Dec 7, 1972, the Apollo 17 crew took the first picture of the whole Earth, entitled “The Blue Marble.” The industry involving space has evolved greatly since that [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Aerospace, Blog, Event Summary, VLAB|1 Comment

Hugo Fiennes: The Road to Electric Imp

VLAB refers to noteworthy entrepreneurs like Hugo Fiennes as luminaries. He’s been a serial entrepreneur with histories at both innovative startups and large, well known corporations. Now he leads Electric Imp, a venture-funded startup that enables the internet of things. The path to “noteworthy luminary,” however, is seldom short or easy. Hugo’s path was no [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00October 13th, 2014|Entrepreneur Spotlight, Internet of Things, VLAB|Comments Off on Hugo Fiennes: The Road to Electric Imp

Deep Learning: Intelligence from Big Data

“Any product that excites you over the next five years probably uses this…” -Steve Jurvetson, Partner, DFJ Ventures Imagine on-boarding a new hire that works wonders with data at your start-up. Imagine he can work 24/7 and there’s no problem too big or too insignificant for him. Say you’ve got a data set but you [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00September 28th, 2014|Event Summary, VLAB|Comments Off on Deep Learning: Intelligence from Big Data

Collaborative Robots: Living Amongst Us

I’m going to program a robot to do my laundry and dishes for me, and be my personal butler. Unless some enterprising entrepreneur builds one and sells it to me first. May 29’s VLAB on collaborative robots showcased robots that can work side by side- collaborate- with humans. The industrial robots of the past remain [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00September 16th, 2014|Event Summary, VLAB|Comments Off on Collaborative Robots: Living Amongst Us

Algorithm Alchemy: Turning Talent Search Into Gold

How much do companies spend on people? Trillions of dollars… Winning or losing your market is based on whether or not you have not just good, but amazing people. -Dan Shapero, VP of Talent Solutions, LinkedIn As of today, no one’s found a scalable* way to provide general recruiting options. So far a cadre of startups [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00July 16th, 2014|VLAB|Comments Off on Algorithm Alchemy: Turning Talent Search Into Gold

Click to Fit: How Startups are Personalizing Fashion

http://youtu.be/kI_o3ls_mNo Scalable Fashion and Personalization. What is personalization? Fabric? Check. Tailor? Check. Fashion, particularly men’s fashion, started out highly personalized. After choosing fabric from a vast selection, the clothes were tailored to a perfect fit, after which personalized changes could be made to the design before the product was hand delivered. By the late 18th [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00May 4th, 2014|Fashion|Comments Off on Click to Fit: How Startups are Personalizing Fashion