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Newsletter 001 • October 24, 2017
Nice to finally meet you!
Here are the first monthly highlights of our research on the frontiers of technology, entrepreneurship and finance, where pioneers tackle the world’s biggest challenges. We hope you like it!
First, a recap: what is Good Tech Lab all about? In our first medium post, Ben explains the story and themes behind our research initiative.
At SynBioBeta we could feel synthetic biology’s momentum: dozens of startups aim to produce meat, milk, fish or leather without animals. Others aim to recycle the un-recyclable (plastic bags) or to fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Our kick-ass partners have been busy: MakeSense started a new program on emerging technologies for the global goals, while TheCamp opened their campus for positive innovation in the beautiful nature of southern France. Pay them a visit! 👇🏼
Peak ICO? Blockchain ventures raised $1.5B in 2017 by issuing their own cryptocurrencies, in “Initial Coin Offering”. This funding model promises hefty returns but raises serious questions on ethics and governance, as illustrated by the recent Tezos case. Meanwhile, UNICEF is considering to launch their own ICO.
The Rise of Giga-Funds: a NYT piece about SoftBank’s $100B fund investing in the machine/data economy. Are we heading toward mass centralization of the gains?
The Future of Impact Investing: SOCAP turned 10 and the GIIN CEO forsees a bright future to come while highlighting challenges, such as overcoming the idea that impact means sacrificing returns. Plus: five key trends to watch.
We connected with a few “Impact Tech” accelerators:
In London, the European pioneer Bethnal Green Ventures has backed ventures like Fairphone and Andiamo since 2011. And the new Zinc just opened its first cohort around women’s emotional and mental health.
In the USA, pioneer Unreasonable supports growth-stage impact startups through immersive CEO bootcamps. The PeaceTech Accelerator focuses on tech for peacekeeping (tackling corruption, food & water scarcity, gender violence, etc). And TechStars launched their own Impact Accelerator.
Upcoming: HELLO TOMORROW GLOBAL SUMMIT
That’s all for today, folks!
See you next month. ;)
The Good Tech Lab Team
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