Angel Invest Boston
About This Show
Through the Angel Invest Boston Podcast we seek to learn more about the creation of world-changing startups. Boston’s unique concentration of academic talent and entrepreneurial culture offer bountiful opportunities for conversations with people who have funded and built innovative companies. By recounting engaging stories, angels and founders convey lessons they have learned. These narratives illustrate the rewards of helping founders commercialize transformative technologies. We hope you too will find our dialogues entertaining and instructive.
I’m Sal Daher, host of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. After immigrating to Boston as a child and attending Belmont High School, I studied engineering at MIT and Stanford. Decades of work in international finance followed. During that time, I invested in a handful of ventures founded by friends and acquaintances. Now, I’m a member of Walnut Ventures and MIT Angels and spend most of my time as an angel investor taking stakes in about a dozen startups per year.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
James Field - “A LabGeni.us”
3 days ago
The possibility of transcending the limits of human intelligence in scientific discovery has led this young British scientist to leave academia and found a startup. Founder & CEO James Field and LabGenius are engineering the evolutionary process to create novel proteins that have remarkable qualities. I caught up with James at TEDMED and had a most revealing interview. Topics covered include: Sal Pitches the Syndicate Sal Introduces James Field, CEO & Founder of LabGenius James Field Was Inspired to Become a Scientist by Science Fiction Discovered Synthetic Biology by Participating in iGEM James Field Is the Second PhD from Imperial College on the Podcast, Beth Marcus Was the First “…the big flaw in my approach was that I was trying to apply rational engineering principles to nano-scale highly complex biological systems. And in my opinion, that's the wrong way to go about it.” “…if you start testing many designs in parallel and then selecting for the ones that work, you don't have to be smart.” “…LabGenius is a vehicle through which we can explore and harness evolution to develop new products.” Founding a Company Was the Best Way to Accelerate the Work that Excited Him Harnessing Evolution, but Doing it Better than the Natural Process “…in the case of natural evolution, the process doesn't get any smarter. But the beauty of our process is every single time we conduct one of these evolutionary cycles, we gain information that then enables us to be more intelligent about how we design these biological systems.” Concrete Applications “…because we're so mission-driven, we're gonna continue this mission until either we succeed or conclusively fail.” “…I was really banging my head against a brick wall until I found a group of investors who understand this to be an important part of the development of humanity…” Transcending Human Intelligence by Designing Evolutionary Processes for Scientific Discovery Is Astonishingly Promising James Field’s Parting WordsRead more »