Author Archives | Geoffrey Shmigelsky

Games Democratized – Unity3D

Unity3D is a revolutionary game platform that allows for almost anyone to create a video game and reach a world-wide audience. Many small teams are on record of having a game with 7 or even 8 digits of annual revenue. With over 1MM developers now use Unity, it is responsible for 100,000+ games on the iPhone and […]

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Regenesis

One of the most authoritative and entertaining books on synthetic biology is Regenesis written by George Church. Dr Church is a Harvard professor who easily fits into the top 5 humans alive today on Genetics. His lab has many ground breaking inventions / developments in genetics, synthetic life and disease treatment. Earlier this year I […]

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Solve Extinction

Extinction isn’t what it once was. Countless species have become extinct over the eons – from Dinosaurs to Woolly Mammoths to the adorable Dodo Birds. When a species is gone, it is gone forever – or that is what the world believes. Advances in genetics, cloning and synthetic biology have made the impossible possible. Soon […]

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Crowd Sourcing

Crowd sourcing is the art and business of drawing upon the resources of a groups (millions) of people. In this article I will discuss two such companies where I am lead investor that leverage the crowd: Getaround and CureTogether. Getaround draws upon the resources owned by people – vehicles. CureTogether draws upon the knowledge of […]

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Shapeways

Shapeways is one of the most exciting companies in the 3D printing space. Based out of New York, they provide an easy and inexpensive way for the public at large to participate in 3D Printing. This is how it works: Goto http://www.shapeways.com and select one design from thousands. Choose your material, be it plastic, polymers […]

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CureTogether

I invested in CureTogether in 2009. 23andMe acquired the company in 2012. I was the sole investor. The outcome was predicted on day one and expected to take 2 years – it took 3. By applying Exponential Thinking this investment was successful because of two key trends: 1. Crowd Sourcing – collecting phenotypes 2. Genetic Sequencing […]

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Apply Technology Trends

Exponential technology trends can combine and intersect with unbelievable results. The kind of results that can change the world on a impressive scale, disrupt entire industries and create Abundance for everyone. Start by taking 10 trends identified at Think Exponential and placing them in a grid, 5 on a side. By combining two technologies and […]

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CADVision Internet

CADVision Internet is a local Internet Service Provider in Canada with a rich history in entrepreneurship. I started the company in University in 1990 using rent money. CADVision grew to dominate its market with over 60,000 customers and 62% marketshare. It was self financed, embraced the freemium model and first to roll out ADSL citywide. Above […]

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Exponential Tech

Below is a graph of Computing on a logarithmic scale. It shows the power of computing at the Supercomputer, Desktop Computer and Mobile level. This is Moore’s Law in action – it states that the number of transistors doubles every 18 months. Computers are Turing machines, which means that they all work the same fundamental way – as […]

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Think Exponential

Thinking Exponential exists to change how you see technology – to think of it as a series of predictable steps or generations. The implications are world-changing. Humans think in terms they can relate to. We base our expectations on our experience, we live in linear time and space. Walking to turn on the lights takes 10 […]

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Solve Energy

Energy is the source of many world conflicts. We are a society based on fossil fuels, a non renewable resource with climate implications. With Exponential Technology we can change all that. It’s hard to truly appreciate the power of technology to turn an industry upside down, but this is exactly what happened with Natural Gas. […]

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Solve Education

Education is the foundation of our society. Free Online Education will accelerate the advancement of science, knowledge and critical thinking – globally. Thinking Exponentially,  Internet, Mobile and tablet Computing have made it possible to provide free online classes worldwide. Content needs to be created just once and is then available wirelessly to hand-held computers. Offered at […]

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Solve Cancer

Cancer is a terrible burden. 1 in 2 will get it, 1 in 3 will die. Cancer is caused by changes or mutations in your DNA. A mutation occurs when a DNA letter is changed, deleted or inserted. With the wrong changes a cell can begin copying itself uncontrollably. The gas pedal may be stuck on […]

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Solve Aging

Aging is the number one cause of dying. In the modern world the average lifespan today is around 80. The Japanese, Swiss and Italians have the longest lifespans. In worldwide rankings, Canada ranked #11 and the USA #40. Thinking Exponentially, huge strides in increasing average lifespan have been made. From 38 in 1850, 59 by 1930, 68 by 1970, […]

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Frankenstein’s Cat

I had the distinct pleasure of reading the recently released Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes. Its a fun light read on how Synthetic Biology will impact animals and humans. Frankenstein’s Cat is a great deep dive into the world genetics:  gene manipulation, engineering lifeforms and synthetic life. Emily does a great job in getting across the […]

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Life Extension

Aging is still the largest unmet problem in the world today. One of my favourite books is The Life Extension Revolution. Written by Philip Lee Miller in partnership with the Life Extension Foundation (LEF), its a serious book about the science the extending lifespan. LEF is a non-profit organization that provides nutritional supplements to the public […]

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The $1,000 Genome

Reading DNA is the fasting growing technology – ever. In The $1,000 Genome by Kevin Davis, he jumps into how we went from the $1,000,000,000 to a soon to be $1000 Genome. More importantly he explains the role of DNA sequencing in the era of personalized medicine. DNA Sequencing is a technology still in its […]

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What is Protein

Yes, that is a plate of tofu. It’s made of proteins – the same proteins that make you. You are literally a massive collection of proteins, they are the building blocks of every cell in your body. Proteins are created from the instructions found in DNA called genes. In total there are 23,000 genes in each […]

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Self Driving Cars

Self driving cars, as unbelievable as it sounds, are autonomous vehicles that can literally drive themselves – in traffic. It’s a trillion-dollar technology. A self driving car handles all aspects of driving: lane changes, traffic lights, pedestrians, turning, parking, accelerating and even choosing the route. The only thing it can’t do is load fuel. All […]

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Robotics

Robotics is coming in a big way – this decade. It is a technology driven by computing and artificial intelligence. Today you see robots in museums as novel toys to escort guests. They exist in the forms of drones both for the military and civilian use. Robots also explore mines and deactivate bombs, going places […]

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Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon Nanotubes, and their corresponding Buckyballs, are the hottest short term nanotechnology rolling out this decade. They are incredibly multi-functional. Carbon is the perfect lego block element. It can connect up to 4 other carbons in infinite combinations. Given the right conditions, it will self organize complex structures. One of those is a soccer ball […]

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3D Printing

3D Printing, also known as rapid prototyping, allows everyone to create almost anything. Its quick, inexpensive, and precise using materials such  plastics, metals, or even living cells. Its revolutionary. Traditionally everything was mass produced : Plastic bowls, ceramic cups, or cell phone cases. They are available cheaply because they are designed once and produced many […]

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App Marketplace

The Smart Phone revolution wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the cottage App industry. What was once a cottage has turned into a $30 billion a year metropolis. Considering that it is only 5 years old, that is impressive. In Vancouver there are App companies with revenues north of $30M. Facebook paid over $1 […]

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, also know as A.I. or AI, is one of the least understood and most under estimated fields of technology. Artificial Intelligence has become a corner-stone of today’s world. AI’s run financial markets, fly planes and diagnoses diseases. An AI is often trained or taught, sometimes you will see it called machine learning. An […]

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What is DNA

In leveraging DNA it helps to know how the stuff works. It’s remarkably simple yet generates every living thing around you. From a simple code nature has created effectively infinite combinations. It only takes 5 minutes to learn but you will gain a deep understanding of the process of life and be a hit at […]

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