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Deep Tech Stories

Philipp Stürmer

What do you need to start a nuclear power start-up? How do you build a company from cutting-edge research? And how do you convince Venture Capitalists to support your quantum computing company? Deep tech companies are based on significant scientific or engineering challenges, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, nuclear fission and every other crazy thing you can and cannot yet imagine. My name is Philipp. Currently, I am a PhD student in theoretical physics and in Deep Tech Stories, I explore the tech and stories behind exciting start-up founders and researchers in the deep tech space. You can find more on deeptechstories.io

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Jul 14 2021
53 seconds
Wilbe COO Devika Thapar on building a Home for scientific entrepreneurs (Part 1)
The start-up news is dominated by headlines of who got how much funding, so it seems as if funding is the only thing that you need to succeed. But if you look at a few of the previous guests, a lot of them struggled one step earlier. Vultus Robert Schmitt started out with flying Drones over fields, before switching to satellite pictures. Aslak Stubsgaard had the benefit of funding Copenhagen Atomics with experienced founders and Jacinto of Peafowl Solarpower was forwarded to the university accelerator after he figured out how to turn his research into transparent solar cells. So it's not always about getting the most money as fast as possible, but particularly in the beginning about knowledge of how to certain things like finding and fleshing out your idea, legal and business issues. That's where Devika Thapar comes in. Devika is COO of Wilbe, a self-described home for scientific entrepreneurs, where they help scientists that think about turning their research into a company to build up that foundational knowledge in building a company or maybe even getting funding. If you enjoyed this episode, why not recommend it to a friend? Homepage: https://www.deeptechstories.io/ (https://www.deeptechstories.io) Twitter: https://twitter.com/deeptechpod (https://twitter.com/deeptechpod) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/deeptechstories (https://www.linkedin.com/company/deeptechstories) Music by Nathaniel Drew x Tom Fox: https://www.nathanieldrew.com/ (https://www.nathanieldrew.com/) https://tfbeats.com/ (https://tfbeats.com/) Design by Amadeus Schwed: https://elementsofpuremotion.com/ (https://elementsofpuremotion.com/) nN5PWFssSoivlcM265ZG
Nov 26 2021
30 mins
Jacinto Sá on the first steps in building a company from research (Part 2)Professor Jacinto Sá explains the new physics of his transparent solar cells (Part 1)
Ever since the first photovoltaic cell in 1954 by Bell Labs, the basic principle behind the technology stayed the same. Exploiting the photoelectric effect, first explained by Einstein in his miracle year of 1905, a light-particle can kick out an electron of a material if it has just the right energy. Through the smart combining of two types of semiconductors, this electron leads to a current in the material, which in the end can be used. Now while over the decades the efficiency of photovoltaics increased a lot, they still rely on the same principle and we only found better materials or ways of engineering. However, Jacinto Sá, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Uppsala University Sweden and CTO of startup Peafowl Solar power has found another way, which is seemingly independent of the incoming light frequency and can be used for transparent solar cells. The resulting material relies on so-called Plasmonics, is only 300nm thin and can be used to power and recharge small devices or dynamic glass. If you enjoyed this episode, why not recommend it to a friend? Homepage: https://www.deeptechstories.io/ (https://www.deeptechstories.io) Twitter: https://twitter.com/deeptechpod (https://twitter.com/deeptechpod) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/deeptechstories (https://www.linkedin.com/company/deeptechstories) Music by Nathaniel Drew x Tom Fox: https://www.nathanieldrew.com/ (https://www.nathanieldrew.com/) https://tfbeats.com/ (https://tfbeats.com/) Design by Amadeus Schwed: https://elementsofpuremotion.com/ (https://elementsofpuremotion.com/)
Oct 4 2021
38 mins
Part 2: Aslak Stubsgaard explains how to build a nuclear start-up and a unique approach to developing a reactorPart 1: Copenhagen Atomics CTO Aslak Stubsgaard on the fascinating Details of Breeder Molten Salt ReactorsProfessor Caterina Doglioni on the Hunt for Dark Matter, Career Decisions and the Academic EnvironmentPodcast Host Sean Kenny on Principles and Benefits of (Thorium) Molten Salt ReactorsRobert Schmitt on Precision Farming, Drone vs. Satellite images and SeasonalityResearcher Uli Gallersdörfer on Blockchains, Bitcoin, Environmental Impact and Design Choices
Not many innovations have the power to shape the world on a massive scale like the internet. However, after the great financial crisis of 2007/08, one exactly such innovation came along. The blockchain. In 2008 a whitepaper named "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System" was mailed out to a cryptographic mailing list and only shortly after the bitcoin network went live. Today twelve years after the first block the technology is widely known. Yet, barely anyone actually understands it. Not so Uli Gallersdoerfer. He is a researcher at the Technical University Munich, who finished his Masterthesis in 2016 about Blockchains and continued his research as a PhD student. He now stands as one of the most regarded Blockchain researchers, regularly holding lectures about bitcoin, why it is so safe and answering questions about the energy dilemma revolving around bitcoin itself. However, before we answer those questions we need to know what a Blockchain actually is. Timestamps: 00:52 How does the bitcoin blockchain work 06:18 Main issue in decentralized networks 08:32 What is a miner's job in a blockchain 11:59 What happens if two blocks occur at the same time 14:46 What is proof of stake 18:03 Evaluating the climate impact of proof of work algorithms 25:45 What are smart contracts 30:30 The usability problem 35:37 Pursuing a PhD vs. joining industry 40:07 Finding a use case for blockchain-technology 43:55 Bitcoin's lightning network and design decisions 51:36 How to explore research questions Links mentioned: Ulis LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/uli-gallersdoerfer/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/uli-gallersdoerfer/) Ulis Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7J1AmygAAAAJ&hl=de (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7J1AmygAAAAJ&hl=de) Lecture Notes: https://github.com/sebischair/bbse (https://github.com/sebischair/bbse) If you enjoyed this episode, why not recommend it to a friend? Homepage: https://www.deeptechstories.io (https://www.deeptechstories.io) Music by Nathaniel Drew x Tom Fox: https://www.nathanieldrew.com/ (https://www.nathanieldrew.com/) https://tfbeats.com/ (https://tfbeats.com/)
Jul 15 2021
59 mins
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