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Join host Paul Shapiro as he talks with some of the leading start-up entrepreneurs and titans of industry alike using their businesses to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Whether it’s climate change, unsustainable agricultural practices, cyber threats, coral reef die-offs, nuclear waste storage, plastic pollution, or more, many of the world’s greatest challenges are also exciting business opportunities. On this show, we feature business leaders who are marrying profit and purpose by inventing solutions to both build a better world and offer investors a bang for their bucks.


Last Episode Date: 17 May 2024

Total Episodes: 144

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17 May 2024
Premature Obituaries? Bruce Friedrich’s Optimism for Cultivated Meat

Upon reading his obituary, Mark Twain reportedly wrote that “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Whether Twain actually wrote this or not, the reality remains that today the reports of the death of cultivated meat are indeed quite real. Yet Bruce Friedrich,...

59 min
10 May 2024
Defying the Odds: Orbillion Bio Raising Capital for Cultivated Meat in 2024

If you follow the cultivated meat sector, you know that the last couple years have been tough. Some companies have gone under, others have gone into hibernation, and others have shed staff in cash-conserving layoffs. Major publications have published opinion column obituarie...

47 min
3 May 2024
The Past, Present, and Future of Cultivated Meat with UPSIDE Foods’ Uma Valeti

No cultivated meat company has raised more capital than UPSIDE Foods. In 2022, after having already raised about $200 million in previous rounds, the company raised another $400 million in a Series C round with a company valuation north of the coveted $1 billion unicorn sta...

55 min
26 April 2024
Fishing for Progress in Asia: Avant Meats

Asia is leading the world when it comes to semiconductors, solar panels, wind turbines, and other technologies critical for the future. In a time when several US states are seeking to ban the sale of cultivated meat, Asia seems to be leaning into the technology, and one of ...

37 min
19 April 2024
Fishing for High-Margins in Cultivated Seafood: BlueNalu’s Path to Scale

BlueNalu is one of the better-funded companies when it comes to cultivated meat. Having raised more than $100 million, including about $35 million toward the end of 2023—a notoriously difficult time to fundraise—their founder and CEO Lou Cooperhouse is optimistic about t...

42 min
12 April 2024
Is the Future of Cultivated Meat in Thailand? Aleph Farms is Betting on It

When you think about cultivated meat, Thailand isn’t exactly the first country that comes to mind. Sure, you may think about the US, Netherlands, Israel, and Singapore. But the Southeast Asian kingdom is where Israeli cultivated meat juggernaut Aleph Farms recently announc...

33 min
5 April 2024
Flying Cars or Electric Cars? Isha Datar’s Thoughts on Where Cultivated Meat Tech Stands Today

When the New York Times recently ran an opinion column declaring the infant fatality of the cultivated meat industry, Isha Datar, CEO of New Harvest, was quoted as saying of the sector, “this is a bubble that is going to pop.” Given that New Harvest is intended to promo...

42 min
29 March 2024
Mark Post, A Decade After the First Cultivated Burger

In 2013, Dr. Mark Post shocked the world when he debuted the world’s first-ever burger grown from animal cells. Weighing in as a quarter-pounder, the burger carried a price tag of a mere $330,000—all of which was funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin.  A decade later...

39 min
22 March 2024
Are Smaller Cultivators the Answer for Cultivated Meat’s Success? Niya Gupta Thinks So

Some of the companies in the cultivated meat space are betting that massive stainless steel cultivators—think 100,000L to 250,000L—are the path to commercialization. Niya Gupta, CEO of Fork and Good, is thinking smaller.  She argues that there may be a more realistic pa...

34 min
15 March 2024
Josh Tetrick on the Future of the Cultivated Meat Movement

If you listened to the last episode, you already know that there’s an updated paperback edition of my book Clean Meat that’s coming out April 9, 2024. I announced in that episode that, aligning with that release, this show will be devoted for a couple months exclusively...

33 min
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