Our backers have contributed $8.8M to 900+ science projects. I'm Cindy Wu, Co-Founder of Experiment and Jelly.Featured
Hi Elpha!I’m Cindy Wu, co-founder of Experiment, a crowdfunding platform for scientific research. I started science-ing when I was 19 at the University of Washington funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute. My friends and I designed immunotherapies, engineered an anthrax therapeutic for the army, and built logic gates using DNA. I dropped out of my PhD to build Experiment with my best friend Denny because when seeking funding for our science, my professor told me “the system doesn’t fund people like you”. The funders are so conservative they only fund the most obvious ideas – and certainly not ones from undergraduate students without a PhD.To date, we’ve had more than $8.8 million dollars in small contributions from regular humans go to 900+ scientific research projects through the site. We were supported with $2.5 million in investment from Y Combinator (W13) and Andreessen Horowitz, among others. Experiment is now a sustainable business, making more money than we spend each month, kind of like a grocery store. We stopped working on it earlier this year and three staff now run the business.In 2019 Denny and I founded a new company called Jelly. Jelly is the word that describes the feeling you get when you observe the reaction of baking soda and vinegar in a paper mache volcano for the first time, the feeling of a shared moment of discovery. Our goal is to make a jelly delivery vehicle for the web, to liberate all of science. We are structuring Jelly as a steward-owned company. We operate out of Honolulu. In my spare time I serve as a director on the Board for the National Speleological Society (caves.org) and will volunteer for political candidates I believe in.Ask me about the joy of doing science, steward-ownership where profits serve purpose, co-founding a company with your boyfriend/best friend (twice), successful and unsuccessful attempts at raising capital, operating a company in Seattle/San Francisco/New York City/Honolulu, living and working from a 1-bedroom apartment with a staff of 6, moving your entire staff across the country, co-founder conflict and break up, living with bipolar disorder, trying to work in politics, caving. AMA!