13 episodes

Frontier technology is our best shot at solving humanity’s most pressing challenges. But how do these companies get built? Near Frontier takes you behind the scenes where the world’s most innovative companies work towards mitigating disease, climate change, and x-risk. We talk to founders, investors, and operators to bring you unfiltered stories on how deep tech companies come to life and most importantly, give us hope for the future.

Near Frontier is brought to you by Cantos, a venture firm that invests in world-positive deep tech startups at pre-seed and seed. To learn more, visit www.cantos.vc or find us on Twitter @CantosVC.

Near Frontier Cantos Ventures

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Frontier technology is our best shot at solving humanity’s most pressing challenges. But how do these companies get built? Near Frontier takes you behind the scenes where the world’s most innovative companies work towards mitigating disease, climate change, and x-risk. We talk to founders, investors, and operators to bring you unfiltered stories on how deep tech companies come to life and most importantly, give us hope for the future.

Near Frontier is brought to you by Cantos, a venture firm that invests in world-positive deep tech startups at pre-seed and seed. To learn more, visit www.cantos.vc or find us on Twitter @CantosVC.

    Electric Autonomous Rail with Timothy Luchini of Intramotev

    Electric Autonomous Rail with Timothy Luchini of Intramotev

    • 46 min
    Reprogramming your Neuroimmune System w/ Mike and Scott of Modulo

    Reprogramming your Neuroimmune System w/ Mike and Scott of Modulo

    Today we're joined by Mike Horowitz and Scott Patterson, co-founders of Modulo. 
    Modulo is designing therapeutics to reprogram your neuroimmune system by focusing on microglia cells—the swiss army knife of the brain.
    In this episode we get into the potential of microglia and why it has taken so long to uncover it, the impetus behind starting Modulo, and how we can combat neurodegenerative diseases from frontotemporal dementia to Alzheimer's and beyond. You can learn more about Modulo here
     
    Show notes: 
    book mentioned: Angel and the Assasin
    Wired article
    Community advocate for C9orf72
    Lee Holloway story

    • 47 min
    Discovering Early-Stage Talent with Yusuf Uddin of KdT Ventures

    Discovering Early-Stage Talent with Yusuf Uddin of KdT Ventures

    We're doing something a little different on Near Frontier this week! Natalie Estrella, Cantos' talent partner takes to the show to chat with Yusuf Uddin, head of talent at KdT Ventures. They cover what it's like building highly technical early-stage teams at various startups, what goes on behind the scenes in recruiting, and best practices for finding the right talent at the right time. If you're looking to hire early-stage talent or join an early stage startup, this episode is for you. Feel free to reach out to Natalie (natalie@cantos.vc) and Yusuf (yusuf@kdtvc.com) as well. 
     
    KdT Ventures: https://kdtvc.com 
    Cantos Ventures: https://cantos.vc

    • 26 min
    Decarbonizing Cement with Gurinder Nagra of Furno Materials

    Decarbonizing Cement with Gurinder Nagra of Furno Materials

    Today we're joined by Gurinder Nagra, founder and CEO of Furno Materials.
    Furno is on a mission to decarbonize cement production, a shockingly dirty industry responsible for 8% of global CO2 emissions. 
    In this episode we break down the process of making cement, why it is so dirty, and why Furno is more of a new industrials company than "climate tech" company. 
    Learn more about Furno here or get in touch with Gurinder at gurinder@furnomaterials.com
    Note: at 23:19, "10-20 days of productions" should be corrected to "10-20 tons/days of production"

    • 39 min
    Building the Bioforge w/ Sean Hunt of Solugen

    Building the Bioforge w/ Sean Hunt of Solugen

    We're lucky to have Sean Hunt, cofounder of Solugen, with us on Near Frontier today. We talk to Sean about the evolution of clean tech into synthetic biology, what makes Solugen special, how to build a revenue generating hard tech business, and more. Deep tech founders and investors, this is one where you'll want to pull out your notepads.  
    Solugen website
    Solugen twitter
    Sean's twitter

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Fourth Pillar of Cancer w/ Anand Parikh of Faeth Therapeutics

    The Fourth Pillar of Cancer w/ Anand Parikh of Faeth Therapeutics

    Today we're joined by Anand Parikh, founder and CEO of Faeth Therapeutics.
    Faeth combines precision nutrition, therapeutics, and digital health to deliver a cancer-fighting program designed to deprive tumors of the nutrients they need to grow while providing optimal nutritional support to healthy tissues. 
    In this episode, we get into what led Anand to start Faeth, dig into the operational complexity behind the business's software, therapeutics, and nutrition aspects, discuss fundraising for an unconventional business model, and more. 
    Get in touch—
    Anand's socials
    Enroll in Faeth's clinical trials here
    Check out Faeth's open roles here
     

    • 59 min

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