Facebook drops no-vote stock plan, Zuck will sell shares to fund philanthropy

 Mark Zuckerberg has gotten so rich that he can fund his philanthropic foundation and retain voting control without Facebook having to issue a proposed non-voting class of stock that faced shareholder resistance. Today Facebook announced that it’s withdrawn its plan to issue Class C no-vote stock and has resolved the shareholder lawsuit seeking to block the corporate governance overhaul. Read More

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S’17 Demo Day 1

 A stem cell cryobank, self-flying personal planes, and an augmented reality data platform were amongst the highlights of the prestigious Y Combinator startup accelerator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day part 1. You can read about all 50 startups that launched today in verticals like AI and biotech, and check back later for the full list and favorites from day 2. For now, based on investor buzz… Read More

Malicous code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it

 In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a into a strand of DNA. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s very real — although you probably don’t have to worry about this particular threat vector any time soon. That said, the possibilities suggested by this project are equally fascinating and… Read More

SpyBiotech, which makes a ‘superglue’ for vaccines, raises £4M from GV and Oxford

 The startup bug has hit the world of biotechnology, and the latest victim is a business that is building a “super glue,” coincidentally, for bug-combating vaccines. SpyBiotech — a startup spun out of Oxford University that has developed a way to bond antigens to viruses and other particles to make vaccines — has announced £4 million ($5 million) in funding. Read More

Booze investors favor apps, gadgets and biotech

 Archaeological records show humans have been making alcohol since at least 7000 BC. We figured out wine more than 6,000 years ago. By the time the ancient Egyptians entered the scene, brewers were making at least 17 types of beer. Nonetheless, it appears we are not done innovating: Booze-related startups continued to rack up funding in the past year. Read More

Breakout Labs backs four startups that are “reprogramming nature”

A venture fund that backs very early-stage advanced tech and science startups, Breakout Labs, has invested in 4 new deals, according to founder and Managing Partner Lindy Fishburne. The fund, which is part of the Thiel Foundation, typically invests $350,000 in each startup, with no strings attached. If a startup’s research and development does not lead to commercialization as hoped… Read More

Bioscience meets AI — Dr. Jackie Hunter of Benevolent AI to speak at Disrupt London

jackiehunter TechCrunch Disrupt in London is on December 5-6. It is the one place where you can hear from global leaders in technology and immerse yourself in a truly authentic tech ecosystem. It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Jackie Hunter, CEO of Benevolent AI, will be joining us as one of our featured speakers. Dr. Jackie Hunter leads Benevolent AI, a company at the intersection of bioscience… Read More

Mushroom leather, tiny Zika detectors and lab-made breast milk debut at IndieBio’s third demo day

IndieBio Demo Day 3, Folsom Street Foundry July 14, 2016 The accelerator’s demo day has grown so big we’re now live streaming it on TechCrunch. But it was just a couple years ago that the only pure biotech accelerator launched out of SOS Ventures. Many accelerators and venture firms have started to take a keen interest in the space since then, but Indiebio is still the one many look to in the industry for weird and interesting ideas like… Read More