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Month: July 2015

Don C’s Hats Are Inspired Those of ’80s Chicago Drug Dealers

‘I only use the skin of a python’s belly” says Don C in a recent chinwag with GQ style editor Will Welch. In this short, Don Crawley, better known as Don C, lets us in on the inspirations behind his coveted, Just Don snapbacks. For those who don’t know, the python motif was in fact borrowed from “buck fifty hats,” a baseball cap which featured faux python detailing and was popular among drug dealers in 1980s Chicago. Constantly evolving his brand via collaborations with athletic heavyweights like Jordan Brand and Mitchell and Ness, Don has created a cult following for his own unique interpretations to classic sportswear designs. His hats have been worn by Beyonce to Big Sean, and are available from select shops across the globe such as colette, Barneys New York, RSVP and Wish ATL. Follow Don C on Instagram to stay updated with him. Article source:...

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Your Future Music Playlist Could Know How You Feel

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have linked musical taste to thinking style, with possible implications for how future algorithms might better tailor music recommendations. Not to mention the flip side: how music streaming services could psychologically classify their users, based on what they like to listen to. The study, Musical Preferences are Linked to Cognitive Styles, published in the journal Plos One, suggests it might be possible to create music recommendation algorithms based on empathizing-systemizing theory, which is the suggestion that people can be classified according to how they score on those two cognitive dimensions. The researchers found that musical tastes could be predicted...

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Ginkgo Bioworks Takes On Zymergen With $45 Million In Series B Funding

Boston biotech startup Ginkgo Bioworks just gained an extra $45 million in Series B funding from an “oversubscribed” list of investors. The startup raised $9 million in March, so that gives the startup $54 million in total funding thus far. Biotech startups went from far and few to red hot in the last couple of years, thanks to new techniques, automated robots, lowered production costs and the ability to rapidly iterate. Ginkgo is among those that make synthetic biology financially attractive to investors hoping for big returns on genetically modified yeast products. “Synthetic biology is one of the fastest growing areas of tech right now, and Ginkgo is leading the category,” said Y Combinator president Sam Altman. YC inducted Ginkgo in as one of its first biotech startups and continues to invest, including this round as part of its Pro Rata initiative. YC joins other previous investors OS Fund and Felicis Ventures in the Series B financing. Viking Global led the round. Ginkgo took the investment to help it move beyond its original production of synthetic fragrances to cosmetics, nutritional products, and health and consumer products. The move puts Ginkgo in direct competition with Silicon Valley-based synthetic biology startup Zymergen. Both Zymergen and Ginko raised a sizeable amount this year to produce a myriad of consumer goods using automated machinery – Zymergen recently closed a $44 million Series A round....

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Sales Lead Analytics Startup Leadspace Raises $18M

Leadspace, a company that brings in sales leads and scores them to better help marketers determine which ones to prioritize, said it raised $18 million. Leadspace plugs into marketing software like Marketo and Salesforce, pooling the data from the leads that marketers generate with other publicly-available data — such as from social networks. It then gives marketers a way to score those specific leads against other customer profiles — and better leads generally mean more revenue. “It’s automating what a great salesperson does,” CEO Doug Bewsher said. “Net new [leads] is one thing, but then for example having inbound leads or you go to a conference and get a list of attendees at a conference, to enrich and score that, this is where we’re seeing huge growth in terms of usage.” Leadspace pulls its data from internal databases as well as that publicly-available data. One example of the social networking component is Twitter, which can be useful in a limited number of cases, Bewsher said. “We focus on businesses, so if someone is following a hashtag — there’s probably two or three of them — for those people it’s a good signal.” Prior to this round, Leadspace had raised a total of $17 million, bringing its total funding to $35 million. It was founded in 2012, and later brought in Bewsher — previously the CMO at Salesforce and Skype before that — to be the...

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ASICS GEL-Lyte III Japan Textile

Earlier this year, ASICS tapped into the rich culture and distinct heritage of Japan with a “Japanese Denim” pack of two GEL-Lyte III colorways. The footwear specialist is following up that release, it seems, with a similarly-themed rendition that should pique the interests of denim enthusiasts and GEL-Lyte III fanatics alike. Featuring an indigo and red-based colorway, the latest version of the casual silhouette features richly-hued denim uppers accented with dashes of yellow and red, along with a beautiful, Japanese-style patterned split tongue and collar. One of the more distinctive iterations of the sneaker in recent memory, the ASICS GEL-Lyte III in Navy/Navy is available now at select stockists, including the HYPEBEAST Store.  Article source:...

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