The Social Network

You can't fault social network ResearchGate for a lack of ambition.

Intended to help researchers better connect to one another, the startup aims to do nothing less than create "a complete total mindset change of all the scientists in the world," says co-founder Ijad Madisch.

As Forbes' Tomio Geron reports this week, it will now have $35 million worth of help to do so.

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