First of all, thank you so much for reading this letter. I really hope it brings value to you and is a means to stay in touch with each other.
This edition in particular is just a bit more special: it's been 1 year since I started writing newsletters! 🥳🥳
I have grown, and I'm hungry for more. As cheesy as it sounds, one of my missions has always been to start my own startup. Today I know that these things require more time, effort, money, and knowledge, than I thought.
Young folks like me have the advantage of being more naive about this. So today I promise you that in June of 2022, you'll either read the story of how I found a feasible, desirable, and viable idea and am developing it, or how I failed while trying.
The journey starts again. This was June of 2021. Click on the images to learn more :)
"If cotton is >90% cellulose, we can biosynthesize it with bacteria!". As far as I did research, I was wrong. Then I discovered the in vitro culture of cotton ovules, and finally Galy. Apparently this won't be my startup idea, but learning is always fun 😄.
Dedicated to the experts, innovators, and mentors who made a huge impact on me this month. Thank you! 🙌
🚀 Gita Reinitz
Starting the month strong with this call. My greatest takeaways are to get real world experience now and then make sure to focus on a big enough problem. Thank you very much for this talk about bio-entrepreneurship, Gita.
🌱 Paula Elbl
It was awesome to learn more about the science and story behind Galy. I think that the most interesting part was actually knowing about the challenges, especially scaling. Thank you for this really insightful talk, Paula.
🧫 María Rubio
It's simply amazing how much you can accelerate your learning curve by talking with someone on the ground. So many challenges in meat cell ag, but I wish you all the best, doctor. I had a blast, thank you.
🧬 Iván Rodriguez
I love how serendipitous LinkedIn can get. A pleasure to meet another Mexican crushing it in synbio. Thank you for being open to guiding me throughout my quest, Ivan. Best of luck with your startup.
🔎 Cynthia Alexander
Last but definitely not least. I can't show enough appreciation for connecting with me, Cynthia. You have such an interesting life story so far, and are a great inspiration for me. Most importantly, you've pushed me to really take action towards my goals, which I'll be doing from now on.
The first biology topic that I was genuinely interested in is CRISPR. As a biotech super-enthusiast, I found this book to be exciting, engaging, and inspiring. Lots of learnings if you read between the lines. 1000/10 ;)
GROW. LEARN. BUILD
Reflection gives perspective but seeing the big picture can distract from the present. People who don't live in the moment aren't happy. Good memories are created in then now, so live more than you reflect.