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VC Trends in 2019: More Money, Fewer Deals But Women Still Get Less

[Updated 11:23 a.m. See below.] If you’ve been following venture capital trends, what you expected to happen in the first quarter of 2019 did: More money is being invested in fewer deals, and women founders still are getting less of it than men. Venture firms sent $32.6 billion into startups nationally during the first three […]

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Milestones of Innovation 15: Entering the New Atomic World

A momentous step into the atomic age happened around 3:20 p.m. Central War Time on Dec. 2, 1942, seventy-five years ago, in a vast, unheated space (a former squash doubles court) under the abandoned University of Chicago football stands at Stagg Field. A cadmium control rod was pulled out from a huge, painstakingly assembled cube […]

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Five Questions For … Anousheh Ansari, Tech CEO & Space Traveler

Dallas—As a teenager in Iran in the 1970s, Anousheh Ansari looked to the night sky and dreamed of going to space. When she was a teenager, she moved with her family to the United States. She couldn’t speak English, but as she learned the language, she says she was able to communicate through her love […]

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Nathan Myhrvold: The Full Xconomy Voices Interview

Episode 3 of our new podcast, Xconomy Voices, features a conversation about nuclear power with Nathan Myhrvold, the founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures. The former Microsoft chief technology officer is now vice chairman of TerraPower, a Bellevue, WA-based spinout of Intellectual Ventures that aims to revive commercial nuclear energy. The company is researching next-generation […]

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Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?

[This post is about the movie “Arrival“; there are no movie spoilers here.] “It’s an interesting script,” said someone on our PR team. It’s pretty common for us to get requests from movie-makers about showing our graphics or posters or books in movies. But the request this time was different: could we urgently help make […]

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Tour of Texas: Cancer Moonshot, Luminex, Integricote, & Rising Barn

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas. Austin: —-Luminex (NASDAQ: LMNX) completed its acquisition of Nanosphere, an Illinois maker of diagnostic tests, for $77 million. The Austin-based Luminex, which also makes diagnostic tests, announced the purchase in May for an initial price of $58 million, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Dallas: —Dallas’s Tech […]

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Milestones of Innovation 4: The Letter That Led to the Atomic Bomb

Crisp statements of a case to a prepared, if skeptical, mind have often changed the history of innovation. Perhaps the most critical example of this in the 20th Century is the memorandum that reached Sir Henry Tizard, chief scientific advisor to Britain’s Air Ministry, 75 years ago today, on the 19th of March, 1940. This […]

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Houston’s Rebellion Photonics Helps Spot Dangerous Leaks

It’s not every startup that gets a Twitter endorsement from MC Hammer. But that’s the sort of year it’s been for Houston-based Rebellion Photonics, which makes a real-time hyperspectral camera that can detect poisonous or potentially explosive gas leaks from oil refineries or rigs. While the startup has been selling its camera since its founding […]

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New VC Fund Quantum Wave Focusing on Quantum Physics

Quantum physics, the focus of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics, may be ready for a commercial close-up. The newly formed Quantum Wave Fund, based in Boston, announced today that it has raised $30 million in capital, with plans to reach $100 million dollars, to fund early stage companies that are developing products and services […]

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Cloudant, Born from Big Science, Looks to Build Big Database Business

Big science and big technology work hand in hand. Without the World Wide Web, an idea conceived by scientists at CERN (the European Center for Nuclear Research), we wouldn’t have technologies people use every day, like social media, e-commerce, or Internet cat videos. And, as my colleague Wade argued, without the Web, scientists probably wouldn’t […]

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