Y-Combinator Is Making Significant Changes to Convertible SAFEs

Procopio has a nice article warning startup founders and investors about changes that are coming to SAFEs, the popular convertible investment device developed by Y-Combinator. While the standard terms of convertible notes have remained fairly constant over the years, Y-Combinator has recently made significant changes to their standard form of SAFE, recasting it as a…

Illumina – PacBio Acquisition Poll

I’m running a quick poll to gauge the sequencing community’s opinion about Illumina’s proposed acquisition of PacBio. Just two simple questions. For the record, my answers are “yes” and “yes” (but I’m less confident about the second question). Check out my previous post to see my reasoning.

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San Diego Startup Week 2019

If you’re currently starting up your own company here in San Diego, or even just thinking about it, San Diego Startup Week, organized by Startup San Diego, should be high on your list. The annual non-profit startup meeting/workshop/networking event promises to be bigger and better than ever this year:         San Diego…

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San Diego Startup Scene – Interview with Ross Bundy, CEO of Nanomedical Diagnostics

This is part 2 of my interview with Ross Bundy, CEO of Nanomedical Diagnostics, in which the focus is on the challenges and advantages of building a startup in San Diego. Be sure to catch part 1 of the interview if you’d like to hear more about the technology that Nanomedical is building.   Shawn…

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Blockchain Genomics Series: Interview with Zenome Founder Alex Gorbachev

In entry three of the SanDiegOmics “Blockchain Genomics” series I interview Alex Gorbachev, the founder of Zenome. Alex explains Zenome’s goal, details of how their genome database will work, and what sets it apart from others in this field.   Shawn (SanDiegOmics): Please explain what Zenome is doing (what problem is it solving and how is…