Checkerspot In The News

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 259 59 checkerspot

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Could a Bay Area biotechnology company reinvent what’s in our ski gear?

“The outdoor industry is ripe for technological advancements at this level,” Sterbenz continues. “This opportunity is something that could be widely disruptive. And necessary, I think, in the industry.”

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PERFORMANCE IS THE KEY AS CHECKERSPOT PREPARES TO LAUNCH A PRODUCT FOR THE WINTER SPORTS MARKET 1125 336 checkerspot

PERFORMANCE IS THE KEY AS CHECKERSPOT PREPARES TO LAUNCH A PRODUCT FOR THE WINTER SPORTS MARKET

“It’s all about the performance of the material. It’s one thing to put a material in, but you have to validate it using hard data then build the commercial story around that… Quite simply, you must be the better product.” – Charles Dimmler, CEO, Checkerspot

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THE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS APPLY: THE RISE OF CHECKERSPOT AND SUPERMATERIALS 1125 336 checkerspot

THE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS APPLY: THE RISE OF CHECKERSPOT AND SUPERMATERIALS

“Checkerspot is differentiated in its approach by focusing on more rapidly bringing to market high value materials with unique properties presently unavailable with traditional manufacturing processes. At Builders we partner with companies that are developing real solutions to modernize antiquated industries. Checkerspot’s approach of integrating biotechnology and materials science, then demonstrating the value of rapid prototyping and applications development, is exactly that,” said Jim Kim of Builders VC. He continued, “We fully expect that Checkerspot’s platform development and expansion into a wide range of industries will usher in a new way of thinking for how product designers apply and source performance materials.”

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CHECKERSPOT RAISES $13M SERIES A TO PRODUCE BIOTECH-ENABLED PERFORMANCE MATERIALS 750 212 checkerspot

CHECKERSPOT RAISES $13M SERIES A TO PRODUCE BIOTECH-ENABLED PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

Jim Kim, general partner of Builders VC, who will join Checkerspot’s Board of Directors states… “We’re at a new age of industrial material production,” Kim said. By applying genetic tools in different arenas, he said, we’re able to make materials with unheard-of properties. “And we’re able to do it in a way that is not harsh, nasty, chemically driven, massively expensive…”

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CHECKERSPOT CLOSES $13 MILLION SERIES A LED BY BUILDERS VC 750 573 checkerspot

CHECKERSPOT CLOSES $13 MILLION SERIES A LED BY BUILDERS VC

“Checkerspot is differentiated in its approach by focusing on more rapidly bringing to market high value materials with unique properties presently unavailable with traditional manufacturing processes. At Builders we partner with companies that are developing real solutions to modernize antiquated industries.” Jim Kim, Builders VC

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A MATERIAL NEW INVESTMENT 600 169 checkerspot

A MATERIAL NEW INVESTMENT

We (Breakout Ventures) have just invested in Checkerspot, a company using biological foundries to produce new materials sustainably…

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BIOTECHNOLOGY MEETS FASHION AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE: TRENDS IN THE APPAREL INDUSTRY 750 212 checkerspot

BIOTECHNOLOGY MEETS FASHION AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE: TRENDS IN THE APPAREL INDUSTRY

“Fluorinated coatings are used in a lot of products – apparel, cookware, yoga pants – but they can often be toxic and lose performance over time as they shed into the environment. We are developing bio-based hydrophobic coatings that do not contain fluorine and are comparable or have better properties than the leading standards.” – Scott Franklin, CSO, Checkerspot

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FASHION FOR GOOD ANNOUNCES NEW GROUP OF INNOVATORS 640 400 checkerspot

FASHION FOR GOOD ANNOUNCES NEW GROUP OF INNOVATORS

Checkerspot was awarded a spot in fifth batch of Fashion for Good Plug and Play Accelerator. “The ten entrepreneurs that will compose the fifth accelerator batch, have been carefully selected from hundreds of applicants. While each innovator has a unique value-proposition, this batch has a focus on innovative data management, new materials, dyeing technology, and end of use solutions.”

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CHECKERSPOT NAMED IN C&EN 2018 10 START-UPS TO WATCH 1125 313 checkerspot

CHECKERSPOT NAMED IN C&EN 2018 10 START-UPS TO WATCH

“…we are thinking about how we can create materials that perform better and aren’t simply swap-in, swap-out replacements,” Charles Dimmler says.

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MATT STERBENZ, FOUNDER OF 4FRNT, JOINS CHECKERSPOT 598 990 checkerspot

MATT STERBENZ, FOUNDER OF 4FRNT, JOINS CHECKERSPOT

“Looking forward to working with a great team of scientists that are developing new molecules for specific performance materials and applying them in breakthrough product designs. I’ve been in the game for a long time, and I’m done working with the same old materials. I love the idea of designing with intention – creating new materials from the ground up, controlling the process every step of the way, starting with molecules to integrating them into new materials and products. Speaking as a designer and creator, this is a whole new frontier … ” – Matt Sterbenz

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