New Frontier: Scalable, Defensible Post-silicon Systems
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About This Talk
A robust discussion between Arvind and Po, co-authors of the book "Decoding the world", exploring decode how bio-chemistry and related technologies play a critical role in solving the most difficult problems related to ClimateChange. Both speakers bring a wealth of experience in helping to create leading edge unicorn companies.
Arvind Gupta focuses on investments in Human & Planetary Health, where his mission is to invest in science based companies that could change history. Ranging from reinventing our food system to stopping climate change to novel therapeutics, Arvind was the first investor in breakout companies such as Geltor, Synthex, Prime Roots, NotCo, Prellis, New Culture, DNA Lite, Catalog, Prellis and Memphis Meats.
As Founder of IndieBio, Arvind redefined the pace and possibilities of early stage biotech, investing in over 136 companies in five years, defining human and planetary health, and growing the IndieBio portfolio into billions of dollars in value. Under his leadership, IndieBio expanded to New York and grew to fifteen investment professionals with a world renowned adjunct partner board. He now serves as Venture Advisor at IndieBio.
Arvind is the author of Decoding the World: A Roadmap for the Questioner, published by Twelve Books, a division of the Hachette Publishing Group. He was honored with the F50 Global Award for Impact in HealthTech Innovation. He is a frequent speaker at TechCrunch Disrupt, Slush, TedX and Future FoodTech. His work has been profiled in global media outlets such as Bloomberg News, Forbes, The Guardian UK, Neo.life, Nikkei News, Rotman, The Times of India, and CGTN in China. Arvind has been a guest lecturer at UCSF, MIT and Harvard and is a judge at the annual BIO conference startup stadium. Prior to founding IndieBio, Arvind was Design Director at IDEO in Shanghai where he earned numerous international design awards and presented his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was also a BASE jumper and big wall climber and now fights professional grappling.
Arvind received his B.S. in Genetic Engineering from UCSB. He holds 8 patents. Arvind is married to an Icelander and has two daughters.
"Coach Po" is Managing Director of IndieBio and General Partner at SOSV, the venture firm that backs IndieBio. SOSV and IndieBio have been ranked #1 most active VC in climate tech since 2011. Po is first investor in early-stage companies such as Prolific Machines, Puna Bio, Gozen Bio, Asterix Foods, Ozone Bio, Avalo.ai, Vertical Oceans, California Cultured, and others. He is also an investor in mid-stage companies such as Upside Foods, Mycoworks, Lingrove, Voyage Foods, Endless West, Zymochem, Beeflow, New Culture, Finless Foods, NotCo, and EVERY Co.
Po was a finance and tech journalist covering Silicon Valley for Wired, The New York Times Magazine, and an oped contributor for The Wall Street Journal. His science journalism has been honored with nine national awards, and he is the author of seven New York Times bestselling books that are available in 28 languages worldwide. His work has been cited in 185 academic journals and 503 books.
Most recently, Po is the co-author of Decoding the World: A Roadmap for the Questioner, published by Twelve Books, a division of the Hachette Publishing Group.