Feb 19

Earnest Lends Based on Potential, Not History

If the American banking system isn’t broken, there are definitely plenty of cracks. Earnest, a self-described “merit-based lender,” can identify those who slip through them. Traditional banks use credit scores to determine if you’re eligible for a loan. Earnest doesn’t believe those scores offer a complete picture. It’s leveraging technology and up to 100,000 data […]

Feb 17

Exploratorium Breaks the Laws of Science (Museums)

Experimental physicist and professor Frank Oppenheimer, long after he worked on the Manhattan Project, saw that the public had little understanding of science and technology. His solution was The Exploratorium, a different kind of museum that opened in 1969 at the Palace of Fine Arts. He called it his “San Francisco project.” There were no […]

Feb 11

Accelerating Biotech at Startup Speed

IndieBio, a seed-stage biotech accelerator, believes we can reprogram life to solve “intractable problems.” It’s helping companies develop faster solutions to those problems with $200,000 in cash and $50,000 in resources, for which the accelerator gets 8 percent equity. Recently the company held its second Demo Day. Fourteen companies got the chance to show off […]

Feb 8

Cloverpop’s Pivot Helps Businesses Make Smarter Decisions

Helping people make better decisions was the original intention of Cloverpop’s eponymous software. Utilizing a combination of analytics and social storytelling (talking it out with others), Cloverpop aimed to provide people with a well-informed alternative to following their gut. In 2015, Cloverpop made a big decision of its own: It shifted the focus, pivoting away […]

Feb 5

Carrot’s Cars Cut Down Mexico City Congestion

Carrot must have known it was doing something right when Mexico City’s Head of Government and Head of the Ministry of Environment helped it launch its carsharing service in 2012. The reason they were there? Nine million people live in Mexico City, with vehicle ownership growing  4.2 percent annually. Its heavily congested streets aren’t just […]

Feb 3

Startup Mexico Incubates Homegrown Innovation

Startup Mexico’s (SUM) 35,000-square-foot campus in Mexico City has a little bit of everything. Built for startups, it has classrooms, meeting rooms, an auditorium, rest and recreational areas, a cafeteria, a photography room, a 3D printing room, and a media library. It also has a cadre of mentors who provide expertise in finance, law, marketing, […]

Jan 29

Seenapse’s Big Idea? An Inspiration Engine for Creatives

A few years ago, Rafael Jimenez realized something was missing from the Internet. It wasn’t information. There’s plenty of that. It was missing a system to inspire creativity. “Out of frustration,” Jimenez created Seenapse, a search engine he hopes will help others, and himself, “spark ideas.” Seenapse lets people share and discover “mental associations.” For […]