Kyle Doherty

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A founder who raised $220 million before his startup launched explains why he needed all that money

But that hasn't stopped investors from giving it $220 million, boosting its valuation up to $600 million. It raised $80 million a few months ago and another $140 million was announced Wednesday evening. Jet plans to launch this spring.<p>Marc Lore, the founder and CEO of Jet, wants to compete with …

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …

Sculpture

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of …

Artificial Intelligence

Investing Themes From Tech And Biology

“Yes” is the answer to the question of whether innovation thrives more amidst abundance or scarcity of capital. When money flows, more ideas (and yes, even more bad ideas) reach fruition from the fuel of funding. When the spigot drips dry, it is necessity—that maternity of modernity—that births …

Startup Founders Leverage Hot Market for Early Paydays

Creators of Secret App Cashed in $6 Million in Early Funding Round<p>By<p>Evelyn M. Rusli<p>Evelyn M. Rusli<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@evelynrusli<p>rusli<p>Google+<p>evelyn.rusli@wsj.com<p>In July, David Byttow and Chrys Bader won the startup lottery, reaping millions of dollars in cash from the company they …

Venture Capital

MIT People Are Really Good At Math

I rarely read physical magazines anymore. I only read in the bathroom and most are things I forget to unsubscribe to or that Amy gives me.<p>Today, I …

The Next Status Game

Urban North Americans live in what is probably the most status-conscious culture on earth. The reason we don’t recognize it as such is because most …

Welcome To The Recovery: US Box Office Spend Plunges To Lowest Since 2000

While the cancellation of 'The Interview' wiped billions off the US Box Office take in 2014 (</sarc>), <b>ticket sales in North America will total</b> …