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Jason Kelly founded Boston-based Ginkgo Bioworks with three classmates from his PhD program at MIT and their professor, Tom Knight, one of the pioneers of the field now known as synthetic biology. When they first worked together seven years earlier, the science was roughly where computers were in the 1950s. But as the sequencing and printing of DNA have gotten radically cheaper, "synbio" is making its way into industries from fashion to food to cannabis. Investors and customers are taking note. "Customers are coming up to us, saying, 'Program me a GMO to do something,’” says Kelly. To date, Ginkgo has raised more than $400 million. Link in bio. (📸: @itsmetonyluong)⠀
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How do you know when it’s time for a reorg? Inc. 5000 honorees told us how they tackle the common business challenge. "When we didn't have much staff, everyone naturally did a bit of everything,” says Michael Moran, founder and CEO of Private Label Extensions. “We reached our breaking point during our busiest season last year, when I saw leader­ship handling customer calls. I realized I could hire someone a lot less expensive for the small tasks while those leaders helped grow the business--but only if we gave people clear roles to own." Link in bio. ⠀
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Heather Hiles, founder of Pathbrite, an education technology company, wants to help founders find the right investors--and be prepared to sell to them. “The investor community in Silicon Valley likes patterns they can recognize,” Hiles says. “Maybe they think the best entrepreneurs are dudes of a certain age who wear hoodies and come out of certain schools. But I don't look like Mark Zuckerberg and I never will, because I am a proud black gay woman. I thought I could get more respect and acknowledgment for my experience, so I went to New York to raise money.” Link in bio. (📸: @kkatiethompson)⠀
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Zero Mass Water uses some nifty science to squeeze potable water from the air. Founder Cody Friesen, a materials scientist and associate professor at Arizona State University, spent nearly seven years developing the Source Hydropanel. Using solar power, a single system can produce enough drinking water for two to three people each day--even in desert conditions. Since its launch in late 2017, the company has installed systems in low-infrastructure areas of Mexico, Jordan, and the Philippines. "Drinking water," says Friesen, "is the greatest challenge facing humanity at almost every economic level." Link in bio. (📸: @jesserieser)⠀
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Sensory Deprivation has grown in popularity; as of 2010 there were about 50 sensory deprivation centers in the U.S. In 2018 the number is now closer to 400. We sent @incmagazine's very own Kevin Ryan and Chris Beier to try it out...and it kind of worked. Click the link in our bio to watch the full video. .⠀
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Ron Shaich, the force behind Au Bon Pain and Panera Bread, also started Act III, an investment firm that provides what he calls "venture management" and eschews the traditional VC model in favor of long-term investment. “One of the things I see over and over and over is that entrepreneurs and business builders get sucked onto the treadmill of continually financing,” says Shaich. “So when Act III makes an investment, we commit to all the capital that a company needs for all the future rounds.” Link in bio. (📸: @eriktanner)⠀
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Daniel Lubetzky is the classic, from-the-ground-up entrepreneur. An immigrant from Mexico, he veered away from a law career to pursue and create an all-natural, minimally processed snack bar that would change the market for healthy treats. He turned his company, Kind, into a multibillion-dollar, purpose-driven company. “For me, an entrepreneur is someone who can combine the opportunity and the execution,” says Lubetzky. “There are a ton of people who are incredible dreamers but they can't execute. There are amazing people who can execute but they can't see the opportunity. That's what defines an entrepreneur.” Link in bio. (📸: @eriktanner)⠀
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When Anthony Casalena first launched Squarespace, it started as a one-man show. "It was just me doing the majority of the work for awhile," he says. But when the work started to feel overwhelming, Casalena knew it was time to grow the team. "At some point, you start to set a goal for yourself. You spend three months working on something and you realize, 'I just spent the month doing accounting and customer support and x-y-z. I'm not moving this thing forward.'" Watch the full video by clicking the link in our bio. ⠀
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Any question an entrepreneur gets asked during an investor pitch can be placed into one of two categories: promotion questions and prevention questions. Generally, prevention questions ask how an entrepreneur will stop everything from going to hell in a handbasket, while promotion questions tend to focus on how great everything could be. Women mostly get asked prevention questions, by a ratio of two to one. The trick, says Columbia Business School's Dana Kanze, is responding to a prevention question with a promotion answer. "When entrepreneurs engage in this type of switching, they get higher scores on confidence and likability and things like that,” she says.” Link in bio. (📸: @lukejethrobest)⠀
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