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In the backyard with…Andy Shovel | Co-founder of THIS™ | Image McGill Collection

BACKED INTERVIEWS

Co-founder of THIS

Andy is the co-founder of THIS™, the brand of plant-based meat alternative food products with industry-leading realism to meat in taste, appearance and texture. It’s unbelievably good.

🧰 | My first ever job…

I used to be one of those tedious clubbing photographers who would take a photo and then immediately thrust my ‘Capital VIP’ card into your hand, so you could go online and pay £3 to see how over-exposed I made your face in 2004 Photoshop.

🧠 | The last thing I geeked out about…

Just opened my phone’s browser and it was…how to use hydrogen peroxide to remove bleach stains from sheep-wool. Stayed at a friend’s flat last weekend and turns out that using ‘Vanish’ on a woollen rug really isn’t a thing. In case anyone’s wondering — you need to use a water/H2o2 mix, roughly 96% water. …


FROM THE BACKED PORTFOLIO

LabGenius is the first biopharmaceutical company developing next generation protein therapeutics using a machine learning-driven evolution engine (EVA™️). This story originally appeared on their Medium publication. Head there to find out more about their exciting work.

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Machine learning has the potential to provide huge value to drug discovery, in particular by reducing its failure rate and reversing the 60 year trend of decreasing R&D efficiency, as outlined in my previous post here.

But let’s start with the basics of how drugs have been made until now. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, you will probably have heard more about how drugs are developed than ever before, as well as some of the issues associated with it. Here, we’ll give an overview of drug development and also discuss what we need to consider in order to change — and massively improve — how this process is done. …


BACKED People & Culture Series

How to build a fair & inclusive recruitment strategy from scratch

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Perhaps let’s not ask these guys

Allow me to introduce myself: I’m a white woman with a Cambridge degree. (Q: How do you know if someone went to Oxbridge? A: Don’t worry, they’ll tell you). I tell you this not to brag, but to confess. …


BACKED People & Culture Series

How to stress-test your values to create a meaningful, authentic culture

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“Culture”. It’s not just for hippies. (HLD/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

When I joined Backed in 2018, I was a refugee from the corporate world. I’d spent a decade or so working in traditional, grey-suit professional services outfits where hierarchy was king and the word ‘culture’ was for hippies. …


This story is by Anne-Laure Le Cunff. She’s a BACKED Scout and founder of Ness Labs, a platform that helps you build a ‘lab’ for your mind with neuroscience-based content, coaching, and conversations.

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Thanks to the explosion of the SaaS industry and the proliferation in API-based software, it has become possible for one single person to run a company which used to require dozens of people across engineering, sales, and marketing.

Need to source leads, streamline the onboarding process, offer customer support? There is a SaaS for that.

This paradigm shift has given to a new class of entrepreneurs. Indie makers are solo entrepreneurs building profitable, bootstrapped and sustainable businesses. …


BACKED People & Culture Series

What are they and should you offer them to your employees?

This article is by Jonny Burch. He’s a BACKED Scout and Founder/CEO of Progression, a product to help you define and measure career growth for your team.

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Jonny Burch is a BACKED Scout and Founder/CEO of Progression. Watch him talking about Parallel Tracks here.

A lot of people who start using Progression, or who talk to us about setting up their progression framework, ask about whether they should have ‘parallel tracks’.

Broadly what they mean by that is: ‘should we have separate ladders for our managers and non managers?’

What’s quite typical traditionally is that you only have one ladder. …


FROM THE BACKED PORTFOLIO

This article is by Pari Singh, Founder and CEO of The Engineering Company. They’re building a software platform that enables inventors and engineers to design hardware at the speed of their imagination.

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The new era of design will enable engineers to think and invent products with new morphologies

Today, engineering design and validation mistakes repeatedly cost lives through component failures on airplanes and cars; and irreparable environmental damage through emissions scandals and preventable oil spills are just the start of our issues. …


Editor’s Note: Daisy Onubogu is BACKED’s brilliant Head of Network & Communities. She wrote this piece just before she joined us in Feb 2019.

Daisy. BACKED because…

So, it’s official. I’m on the move once more. This time, however, it feels like heading home.

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Every year or so I sit down to sketch out the anatomy of my ideal career situation, taking into account everything I’ve learned up to that point. …

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