The first lab-grown meat for sale could come from this Singapore startup that’s re-creating shrimp



Singapore-based Shiok Meats has re-created shrimp meat in its lab. The company aims to also produce crab and lobster. (Comrade / For The Times)


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Singapore-based Shiok Meats has re-created shrimp meat in its lab. The company aims to also produce crab and lobster. (Comrade / For The Times)

In an industrial corner of Singapore, multiplying steadily in bioreactors heated precisely to 82 degrees, real shrimp meat is being grown from samples of the crustacean’s microscopic cells.

Fed a nutrient-rich soup meant to mimic its diet in the wild, a single cell can reproduce over a trillion times into a mound of gray translucent flesh. Think of it as meat growing without all the other parts of the animal, including that chalky black vein.

The venture is being led by Sandhya Sriram and a team of scientists, who are attempting to upend one of the cornerstones of dim sum. Sriram’s company, Shiok Meats, is named after Singaporean slang used to declare something delicious.

Similar work is being done across

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Real estate brokerage Compass buys Seattle startup Modus in move that boosts competition with Zillow and Redfin

National real estate brokerage Compass has made another move that places it in even greater direct competition with Seattle-based digital brokerage giants Redfin and Zillow.

In an arms race of integration, the three firms have sought to consolidate the homebuying process within their companies, going well beyond digital home searches and brokerage services. Zillow and Redfin, for instance, both have mortgage-lending divisions and subsidiaries that offer digital closing services.

Compass announced Monday it will acquire Seattle-based Modus, a technology startup that aims to simplify the process of closing on a home, for an undisclosed amount this month. Modus offers digital title and escrow services.

“The end-to-end platform that we are creating is our mission,” said Compass Chief Technology Officer Joseph Sirosh. The difference between Compass and its competitors, he said, is that Compass is building technology to enable better service from its real estate agents.

“When most other companies talk

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Real estate brokerage Compass to acquire Seattle-based home closing startup Modus

Modus CEO Alexander Day; co-founder Jai Sim; and Abbas Guvenilir. (Modus Photo)

New York-based real estate brokerage and tech company Compass will acquire Modus, a Seattle startup that automates the title and escrow phase of closing on a home.

Compass plans to integrate Modus’ software into its tech-fueled platform used by more than 18,000 real estate agents across 165-plus U.S. cities. The Modus brand will continue to exist and its 60-plus employee team will join Compass, which employs more than 2,000 people.

Founded in 2018, Modus digitizes the home closing process. Last year it raised a $12.5 million round co-led by NFX and Felicis Ventures. Other backers include Liquid 2 Ventures; Mucker Capital; Hustle Fund; 500 Startups; Rambleside; and Cascadia Ventures. The company has raised $14 million to date.

“Compass’s customer-first approach is right in line with the way we think about our business – since day one we have

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Ex-Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff jumps back into real estate, launches startup with former colleagues to help people buy second homes

Former Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff and dotloop founder Austin Allison are teaming up on a new startup called Pacaso that aims to make it easier for more people to own a vacation home.



Spencer Rascoff, Austin Allison standing in front of a window: Former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff (left) and dotloop founder Austin Allison are teaming up on Pacaso, a new startup that helps people buy second homes. (Pacaso Photos)


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Former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff (left) and dotloop founder Austin Allison are teaming up on Pacaso, a new startup that helps people buy second homes. (Pacaso Photos)

“This is an entirely new category of second home ownership,” said Allison, who sold his real estate startup to Zillow in 2015.

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The company came out of stealth mode today, announcing a $17 million seed round led by Seattle venture capital firm Maveron, with participation from Crosscut, Global Founders Capital, and individual investors such as former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, real estate coach Tom Ferry, former Zillow executive Greg Schwartz, and Amazon CEO of Consumer Worldwide Jeff Wilke. Pacaso also raised $250 million

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Ex-Zillow leaders including Spencer Rascoff launch startup to change how people buy second homes

Former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff (left) and dotloop founder Austin Allison are teaming up on Pacaso, a new startup that helps people buy second homes. (Pacaso Photos)

Former longtime Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff and dotloop founder Austin Allison are teaming up to “democratize” second home ownership.

Rascoff and Allison, who sold his real estate startup to Zillow in 2015, are behind a new startup called Pacaso that aims to make it easier for more people to own a vacation home.

“This is an entirely new category of second home ownership,” Allison said in an interview with GeekWire on Wednesday.

The company came out of stealth mode today, announcing a $17 million seed round led by Maveron, with participation from Crosscut, Global Founders Capital, and individual investors such as former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, real estate coach Tom Ferry, former Zillow executive Greg Schwartz, and Amazon CEO of Consumer Worldwide

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