Author Archives: Ascanio

Oscar – Insurance for Millennials?

Insurance is a complex industry for those choosing a plan (not to mention those developing them!). It’s incredibly hard to figure out what kind of plan you need – one company, Picwell, predicts that consumers face something like 900,000 variables when making a decision on a plan. Obviously, such a decision is intractable, and predicting your […]

Up Hail – An Awesome Tool for Travelers

Everyone using ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft has had this same concern: what’s the cheapest way to get where I need to go? A tool developed last year, called Up Hail, makes this super easy. Check out the link and give it a shot. They have an incredibly simple interface that let’s you compare by […]

edX Partners with France for National Learning Platform

     The French Ministry of education announced today that they will be partnering with edX to develop an online learning portal and national MOOC platform in order to expand access to quality education across France. This is the first occurrence of a nationally mandated online learning platform partnership with a leading MOOC provider. The pedigree […]

Drug Prices May be Lowered by New Development Practices

     Reuters recently reported that shifting clinical trial practices have the potential to lower prices for cancer drugs in the United States and abroad. Conventional drug development has stood by randomized trials with the classic ‘placebo’ or ‘control’ groups being compared with the substance in question to see if a drug actually worked. Though […]

Google enters the biotech stage with Calico

     Google announced on Wednesday, September 18th that they were launching an ambitious, “mysterious” new venture named Calico. Calico is a company centered around combatting aging in its various forms. Google announced the company as, “a new company focused on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.”      There […]

3D Printing Human Tissue? Organovo Leads the Way

     3D printing has been all the craze over the past few years, with commercially available 3D printers bursting onto the scene in 2010 and improving in quality ever since. In the commercial desktop 3D printer sector, MakerBot’s Replicator 2 leads the way, but mobile/wireless printing seems to be catching steam. Looking at The […]

MOOC Review: Steve Blank’s How to Build a Startup

     Steve Blank, an extremely successful tech entrepreneur has turned to educating the public about his novel startup platform called “The Lean Launchpad”. In 2013, he was named by Forbes as “One of the 30 most influential people in Tech” and has garnered serious critical acclaim for his teaching. To learn more about Steve and […]