Bleximo raises $1.5mm to apply quantum computing to real-world applications

Today, we're happy to announce the close of Bleximo's $1.5mm seed round, led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from Boost VC, Creative Ventures, KEC Ventures, and Gyan Kapur. Bleximo combines classical computers and Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) application-specific quantum accelerators to solve problems that are difficult to solve, even with a supercomputer. The initial focus is to speed up simulations of new materials and molecules for drug development. The technology can also ...

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Mistakes Founders Make When Pitching a Science Startup

You’re building a science startup! You've probably spent a lot of time in the lab, writing papers on the initial results, and building simulations or prototypes. Now you're going to start a company and commercialize your work. Time to raise seed funding? Scientists are used to giving talks to other scientists. However, pitching to startup incubators and investors is a very different experience than giving talks to their peers and colleagues. ...

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Read my interview on 96Boards: Women in STEM

Recently I did an interview with 96Boards for their Women in STEM Month of May. They're featuring 23 women on their blog and will be hosting a weekly live stream with Sili Scientist, Alejandra Muñoz - girlcodemx, Falkyou, The Engineeress, AnaQueenMaker, and Estefannie Explains it All. I got really lucky with the support I've had on my STEM journey so far, but I also discuss some of the struggles. I talk about my experiences in physics ...

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Convolutional Neural Network for Classifying Yoga Poses

I finished the Deep Learning Specialization on Coursera! Obviously, Andrew Ng has a track record of being a fantastic instructor, and it's a great introduction to the entire field and includes lots of fun projects. However, you realize by the end that you still have a lot to learn! So, hours later, I embarked on my first deep learning project - building a simple convolutional neural network (CNN) with Keras for ...

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How much math and programming do you need to take the Deep Learning Specialization on Coursera?

The Deep Learning Specialization on Coursera is one of the most popular online courses. Andrew Ng's goal to train the next million AI experts begins with this Specialization. It's been one of my favorite Specializations to take, and I found it very accessible. However, there are a few prerequisites that are useful to have before starting this Specialization. However, if you don't have these prerequisites, don't worry! It's actually not hard to get ...

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Up-Goer Five Research Challenge

The Up-Goer Five Research Challenge is an exciting initiative to explain your research using only the most common ten hundred words in the English language. It's hard, but this movement is necessary. Using jargon and complex terms is a huge problem in science. All this was inspired by XKCD's Up-Goer Five. And it's not about dumbing down your research or the science. The goal is to be clear enough to communicate to ...

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QISKit Quantum Computation Webinar

Want to learn more about QISKit, IBM's quantum information software kit, with the top researchers at IBM? IBM just announced a learning webinar on January 9th, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST. QISKit is easy to start working with because you can code in Python, and they've also put together a lot of Jupyter notebook tutorials. Not only that, but you can run your code on online quantum computing simulators, or even run ...

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How to find interesting Coursera courses

I take a LOT of Coursera courses. And I LOVE LEARNING so finding interesting Coursera courses and discovering and sharing these hidden gems is one of the perks of the job. There are so many cool courses, but before I joined, I honestly thought Coursera only had a few hundred courses. As of this writing, we have nearly 3,000. However, if you don't know exactly what you're looking for, you might get ...

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Quantum computers: are they here?

Are quantum computers here? This morning, IBM announced their 20-qubit processor is now available, with a 50-qubit prototype (a device, not a simulator) that has been successfully measured and tested and will be available in their next-generation systems. The 5 qubit system was impressive, as was the 16 qubit system. But one of the most impressive things has been the rate at which IBM has progressed. The ability to reliably operate several working quantum ...

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YCombinator Female Founders Conference 2017

The best part of the YCombinator Female Founders Conference this year was how actionable the advice was. I really appreciated Aileen Lee's no-nonsense attitude, where she outlined exactly what points women will be grilled at in venture capital meetings. The overaching message of the conference was: There’s no perfect time to start something, just start Here are my raw notes from the 2017 YCombinator Female Founders Conference YCombinator - Jessica Livingston “Jessica Livingston’s Pretty Complete List ...

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