We are living in a time where humanity seems to be approaching a fork in the road at an ever accelerating pace: One path leads to a tangible potential for prosperity and peace for all based on technological progress, increasingly liberal and open societies engaged in free global trade with less incentives for violence and war, and deploying technology to master our largest planetary challenges; another path leads to eventual self destruction based on the unravelling of lighthouse democracies, irrevocable harm to our planet, the collapse of civil dialogue, eroding national and global institutions, ever increasing economic inequality and world-destroying…

We are living in a time where humanity seems to be approaching a fork in the road at an ever accelerating pace: One path leads to a tangible potential for prosperity and peace for all based on technological progress, increasingly liberal and open societies engaged in free global trade with less incentives for violence and war, and deploying technology to master our largest planetary challenges; another path leads to eventual self destruction based on the unravelling of lighthouse democracies, irrevocable harm to our planet, the collapse of civil dialogue, eroding national and global institutions, ever increasing economic inequality and world-destroying…

When we began forming the contours of what is today BlueYard in summer 2015 (and launched in early 2016), we quickly settled on “decentralization and empowerment” as our core thesis — the two drivers in markets and societies we wanted to see more of, and invest around. Initially we thought we would be investing mainly in new “open source movements” and p2p markets and technologies, without realizing how far down the crypto rabbit hole it would (gladly) take us.

Even though we made our first crypto investment back in 2012 and had privately been dabbling in BTC and ETH, it…

Almost everything we use daily — from food to clothing to toys — relies on decades- to centuries-old ingredients and production processes that constitute the $4 trillion chemical petroleum industry. As the naturally occurring planetary resources to support our lives get more scarce and many production processes are toxic, it is time to rethink how we produce the goods and materials required to support human life. As a second generation synthetic biology platform, Origin.bio plans to leverage recent advances across the synbio toolstack, including computational R&D tools and advanced contract manufacturing infrastructure, to build out an asset-light biomanufacturing platform that…

We have software to design and build products, content, presentations, etc — but we don’t have a modern and web-first platform that allows companies to design their operations. The fabric and core processes of companies are either captured with lightweight To Do apps and project management tools that don’t scale or heavy duty enterprise software with all of the complexities these legacy products bring with them. Next Matter aims to give companies a “operations engineering toolkit” that allows users to architect and manage their core operational processes — and to connect humans, software, machines and an external ecosystem in a…

When we think of rare diseases, we tend to believe that they only impact a small portion of the population. But collectively, about 400 million people worldwide, many of them children, are suffering from rare diseases. With the widespread adoption of genetic testing, many more are likely to be diagnosed in the coming years. Yet, despite accelerating progress in treatments and even potential cures such as gene therapies, only 5% of rare diseases have approved therapies.

These statistics can be numbing, but speaking directly with patients and their community painfully illustrates how their lives have been turned upside down by…

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We are living in a time where humanity seems to be approaching a fork in the road at an ever accelerating pace: One path leads to a tangible potential for prosperity and peace for all based on technological progress, increasingly liberal and open societies engaged in free global trade with less incentives for violence and war, and deploying technology to master our largest planetary challenges; another path leads to eventual self destruction based on the unravelling of lighthouse democracies, irrevocable harm to our planet, the collapse of civil dialogue, eroding national…

“You can’t truly meet effectively online in groups. Once you add more than 5–6 people, everything that makes social interaction beautiful gets lost: the spontaneity, the intimacy, the energy. The reason for that is that virtual conferencing does not work in the way that human group psychology works. In larger groups, humans almost always break into smaller groups and move between those. Settings where everyone faces everyone in a large group are the exception, yet all video conferencing apps use that paradigm. …

Despite great progress in our ability to treat cancer, more than 600,000 patients are expected to die from cancer this year in the US alone. One of the challenges in developing and deploying effective treatments against cancer diseases is their heterogeneity: all cancer cells harbor genetic mutations that can drive cell division and tumor growth, making them distinct from their healthy neighbors — but potentially also from those of another patient with the same disease phenotype. Increasingly, the standard taxonomy of cancers (ie. separating them into lung, prostate, ovary etc.) is being expanded by their genetic differences. …

We have to change the way we interact with our cities. We have to change the way we move around our cities. We have to change the way we think about allocating space in cities away from cars and towards people.

We have gotten so used to cars littering our streets, choking our cities and polluting our community‘s health that we find it hard to pause and question the madness of car dominated cities. But this striking image by Karl Jilg illustrates the reality we are living in our cities.

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