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Five startup lessons from The Roots frontman ‘Black Thought’ at Harvard i-lab

To an observer, it seems as if Tariq Trotter is, and always has been, exceptional at everything. Also known by the pseudonym “Black Thought,” Trotter is best-known as the frontman of Philadelphia hip hop band The Roots. But he’s also a fashion entrepreneur and actor, who recently learned how to play the saxophone for a role in the 2014 James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” In his down time, he cranks out restaurant-grade ravioli and whips up the occasional roasted chicken in duck fat.

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A Launch Lab Startup Will Be Testing Astronauts’ DNA on the Space Station

A miniPCR – the compact, cost-effective gene analysis machine developed by Harvard Launch Lab company Amplyus – is being sent from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the space station on one of the Cargo Resupply Services flights to perform an experiment measuring astronauts’ DNA and wellbeing.

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Business gets serious inside ‘Shark Tank’

Desiree Stolar and Nate Barbera needed to practice the pitch for their startup company, but they couldn’t tell people why. So when they invited a group of investors, consultants, and product design experts to a conference room last May at Harvard’s Innovation Lab, they concocted a ruse.

“We told them that we had a meeting coming up with a Chicago venture capital firm, and we wanted to practice answering the questions they might ask,” Stolar says. In fact, her company, Unshrinkit, had landed a coveted invitation to appear on the ABC reality show “Shark Tank,” and a confidentiality agreement prevented them from telling anyone.

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