Cindy Wu, Co-founder – Experiment

Santosh Maharshi (Founder – Editor Mobkarma) interviews Cindy Wu, Co-founder Experiment – a crowdfunding platform for scientific research.

Cindy Wu. Co-founder - Experiment.com

Cindy Wu. Co-founder – Experiment.com

Experiment is a crowdfunding platform for scientific research. Researchers from over 150 institutions and universities are using Experiment to fund important seed-stage research that would otherwise go unfunded.

Cindy Wu is Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar, iGEM World Championship 2011, published peer-reviewed articles in JBC and Immunology.

What was your motivation behind launching Experiment ?

We built Experiment to solve our own problems as young scientists. Today’s funders are so conservative they only fund the most obvious ideas. We fund the outliers, the ideas that traditional funders don’t fund, the ideas that matter.

How Open Access can become catalyst for future Experiments ?

Open Access will play a huge role. Future Experiments are always built on what we already know in the current literature. We believe in Open Access and promote publishing Open Access because giving everyone access to the known knowledge brings us closer to allowing anyone to be a scientist.

Which are the most active categories ?

Biology, Ecology, and Medicine. www.experiment.com/stats

What tips you would like to give to people launching projects on Experiment ?

The project must be well defined. Explicitly state what the funds will be used for and how this will enable you to get the initial results to answer your research question. Find a balance between what you can realistically raise through the crowd and the amount of funding you need to get the project off the ground.

Who was your source of inspiration for Science when you were growing up ?

I did a lot of book reports on Jane Goodall. I watched a lot of Bill Nye the Science Guy. I also spent a lot of time outdoors catching bugs and for a long time wanted to be a zookeeper.

Tell us about few examples of successfully funded projects and it’s outcome ?

Can anle138b delay the onset of genetic prion disease?
Sonia Vallabh & Eric Minikel Massachusetts General Hospital
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Azolla, a little fern with massive green potential
Kathleen Pryer | Fay-Wei Li | Paul Wolf | Carl Rothfels | Erin Sigel Duke University
Researchers at Duke are sequencing the genome of the Azolla fern. They were featured in the Economist and in the past they named a new species of fern in honor of Lady Gaga 

Can we biologically extend the range of human vision into the near infrared?
Science for the Masses | Peyton Rowlands | Jeffrey A Tibbetts | Gabriel Licina | Ian Galvin
Biohackers have modified their vision by replacing Vitamin A1 in the diets with Vitamin A2 to see infrared. Their results are here: https://experiment.com/u/aAcR2Q The results were featured in popular science.

How do you start and end your day

(A question asked to learn & gain from routines followed by achievers)
I don’t take any meetings or calls until after 11AM, so I can spend the morning thinking. I also don’t have email on my phone.

Help fund the next wave of scientific research. Start a experiment or fund it on Experiment.com. Like them on facebook and follow on twitter.

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Chief Executive Mobster, MentorMob.com

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Anand Agarwal, CEO & Founder - EZMove.in

Anand Agarwal, CEO and Founder – EZMove.in

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In this interview we learn about Anand Agarwal’s drive to enter into this space and his plans. It has not been easy for him to run EZMove, but it seems his company’s vision is of course to solve challenging problems and make things easy for his business associates and the end consumers.

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