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Sila Nano and the black magic powder – Forbes

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018
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Alex Knapp, Forbes

Sila Nanotechnologies has all the trappings of a typical Bay Area startup: An open floor plan, conference rooms named for Atari games, healthy snacks in the kitchen. Two Portuguese water dogs, Ångström and Lumen, rule the boss’s office.

Walk through the entrance and open the door, however, and you won’t find racks of servers or a foosball table. Instead, you’ll see an industrial laboratory, complete with white-suited workers in a clean room. Two-litre furnaces are hooked up to gas lines, computers and chemistry instrumentation. Construction workers are tending a large, mysterious cylinder.

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