Found vs. Engineered

I’m a guest at a Boston Harbor Angels meeting this morning. Listening to a nanomaterials company present, I’m struck with the realization that most of the materials we use in everyday life were found–things humans discovered in nature–as opposed to engineered.

There are two big exceptions to this: alloys (mixtures of found materials) and plastics. Therefore, a simple way to look at the promise of nanotech is to think about the way alloys and plastics have changed our lives.

I can’t help but remember The Graduate.

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.

About Simeon Simeonov

I'm an entrepreneur, hacker, angel investor and reformed VC. I am currently Founder & CTO of Swoop, a search advertising platform. Through FastIgnite I invest in and work with a few great startups to get more done with less. Learn more, follow @simeons on Twitter and connect with me on LinkedIn.
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One Response to Found vs. Engineered

  1. Josh Wolfe says:

    Simeon–do a search on YouTube for Lux Capital’s Graduate…i think you’ll like the clip. My partner Larry Bock made it….Josh Wolfe, Founding Partner & Managing Director, Lux Capital.

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