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  • Clients spend up to three minutes in a chamber with "-265 degrees Fahrenheit in liquid nitrogen vapor"
  • Supporters "compare the effects to 20 minutes in an ice water bath, but without the usual discomfort"
  • Minneapolis owner intends to expand with two more locations in 2016.
  • The Commissioned "is bidding to make commissioning personalized artwork easier and cheaper than ever before"
  • Claims to house "over 200 artists from across more than 35 countries"
  • company website helps prospective customers "find a style that matches with their taste and aspiration for an artwork"
  • Launched last week in public beta; promises “the world’s first truly interactive online piano lessons"
  • Backed by Microsoft Ventures, Skoove "serves up a library of interactive lessons"
  • Free during beta; future pricing tiers: $5-10/month
  • "2014 [...] saw the most entrepreneurial activity in 16 years" 24M Americans founded small businesses last year.
  • Entrepreneurship becoming "a much more selective club that favors the affluent [...] Americans."
  • Personal savings and loans are "more difficult to come by since the recession. "
  • "Little Sun Charge kicked off on September 2nd with the goal of raising at least $56,345."
  • In "five short days has tripled its goal, with pledges worth $170,204 (and counting)."
  • Charges cellphone in one day of sun.
  • "One startup’s found a way to build a big business off of charitable giving."
  • Aims to "become the name-brand software provider for the foundations and non-profits" that manage $360B/year in charitable giving.
  • Flux works with 6 of the top 10 foundations "by assets managed, and 150 foundations managing more than $75 billion in assets overall."
  • "Solopreneur SchoolTM was conceived by Joellyn 'Joey' Sargent, founder and CEO of the Claravon Group."
  • "A 2014 study by MBO Partners found that there are 17.9 million full time solopreneurs in the United States.” 12% Increase since 2011.
  • "Today, nearly 9% of workers in the United States are solopreneurs.”
  • "Ethica, a New York City-based startup, wants to help Millennials find brands that meet their ideologies in a one-stop shop."
  • "Ethica claims to be one of the first all-in-one shop dedicated to 'ethical' brands."
  • Number of purchases is "up 97 percent, and revenue is up 40 percent over this same period last year."
  • "In May they wrapped up a semester-long study done with Harvard Business School."
  • "Machine Shop Ventures, their newly formed investment firm, has begun acquiring stakes in companies."
  • Including: "ride-sharing service Lyft, Blue Bottle Coffee and the hot shipping startup Shyp."
  • "BrightBytes’ mission is to be the global leader in improving student achievement through the use of technology and data analysis."
  • Provides tools to help look at how investment in technology influences outcomes in classrooms.
  • Tells those in schools who make decisions about purchasing how to spend money on technology.
  • "Sex toy manufacturer Lovense has a new remote control vibrator called Blush."
  • Blush launched an Indiegogo campaign this week to raise $10,000 for its phone and Apple Watch-connected vibrator.
  • 10 feet range, with 30 feet range in direct line of site.
  • High-profile backers of Editas Medicine Inc. raised $120 million (£77 million) to help develop DNA-editing technology.
  • Funding to support development of Crispr-Cas 9, tech that can be used to treat potentially deadly diseases by "fixing" faulty genes.
  • Aims to help correct eye disorders and engineer immune-system cells to help fight cancer.
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