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Lupin's retail therapy

Image: Joshua Navalkar<p>Vinita Gupta, CEO of Lupin, with brother Nilesh, who is MD of the company<p>For those who own a pharma company anywhere in the …

Tesla's secret formula

Image: Ethan Pines for Forbes<p>The first thing you notice when you step onto Tesla Motors’s production floor are the robots. Eight-foot-tall bright-red …

Why SaaS companies fail?

I am a passionate believer in SaaS, cloud, virtualization and any other delivery method that can help foster adoption of new applications in a much …

New documentary casts spotlight on design’s impact on a product’s success

One of the major components in developing an application, platform, or technological service is how it’s built, which is why engineers are often placed on a pedestal. However, it’s not just function that matters – appearance has a tremendous impact on the product’s success.<p>In recognition of this, …

Jeff Bezos recommends The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

<b>The Remains of the Day</b> is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England. At the end …

Why DNA editing needs to stop

In April 2015, a paper by Chinese scientists about their attempts to edit the DNA of a human embryo rocked the scientific world and set off a furious debate. Leading scientists warned that altering the human germ line without studying the consequences could have horrific consequences. Geneticists …

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With $44 Million In Funding, Biotech Startup Zymergen Is Buying Up Robots To Mass Produce Materials From Microbes

The mostly under-the-radar biotech startup Zymergen has gone about making microbial DNA manipulating robots for the last couple of years. It has now raised a total of $44 million to use these microbes to manufacture chemicals and new materials for various large industries.<p>Zymergen had raised an …

Biotechnology

The Trillion-Dollar Market To Remake Business Applications

At last month’s On Demand Conference in San Francisco which featured many of the hottest names in tech – Uber, Instacart, Sprig, Munchery, Shyp and Postmates, amongst others – one panel stood out. Amid a sea of consumer facing businesses, the CEOs of three small- and medium-sized business or …

Elon Musk’s Space Dream Almost Killed Tesla

By Ashlee Vance | May 14, 2015<p>Illustrations by The Red Dress<p>SpaceX started with a plan to send mice to Mars. It got crazier from there.<p>In late …

Rise Of The Quants — Again

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Robin Vasan is a managing director of</i> <i>Mayfield</i><i>, a global early-stage venture capital firm. He previously founded or worked in key positions at several software startups. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a dual bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and economics from</i> …

Croissant Lets You Reserve A Seat At A Co-Working Space Or Coffee Shop Using iBeacons

Three co-founders from local deals startup Perqy — Dave Idell, Adam Chew and Nisha Garigan — met up this weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon to present their project, which uses iBeacons installed at local businesses, like coffee shops or co-working spaces, to allow customers to reserve …

Design Platform Canva Raises $6 Million, Expands To Businesses With “Canva For Work”

Creating professional graphics is not a skill set that everyone has, but online design platform Canva wants to change that. In mid-2013, the company debuted a service that allows anyone to more easily create graphics, including slideshows, invitations, handouts, posters, infographics, Facebook …

Banjo Scores $100M Series C Led By Softbank To Analyze Events As They Happen

Banjo, a startup that analyzes data about events and breaking news in real-time, has pulled in a $100 million series C led by Softbank with participation from returning investor BlueRun Ventures.<p>This is by far the largest round Banjo has raised to date and brings its total funding to $121 million, …

Venture Capital

Investment Giant KKR Leads Rare $15M Early Stage Round For Fundraising Platform Artivest

In what may be one of its first investments in a Series A round, the investment firm KKR has pulled from its $98.6 billion in assets under management to lead a $15 million investment in fundraising platform Artivest.<p>The deal is part of a broader push from the private-equity firm to invest more …

1. Zenefits

Zenefits Just Raised $500 Million At A $4.5 Billion Valuation

Zenefits today said it has raised $500 million in a round led by Fidelity and TPG at a whopping $4.5 billion valuation.<p>The company, which allows small- and medium-sized businesses to manage human resources services in a much simpler fashion, is one of the fastest-growing SaaS businesses ever, and …

Max Levchin’s Lending Startup Affirm Raises $275M In Equity And Debt

Affirm is looking to expand its lending business for online shoppers. The new lending startup from PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is today announcing it raised $275 million in debt and equity to do just that.<p>The round was led by Spark Capital Growth, with additional participation from the mid-cap …

FinTech

SketchDeck Raises Half A Million For Its On-Demand Design Service

A company offering a full graphic design on demand service, SketchDeck, has raised half a million in new funding after completing nearly 2,000 projects, some of which have been as simple as a PowerPoint presentation and others which have been as complex as a complete company rebranding. The funding …