Biotech, nuclear fusion, and bitcoin: Highlights of Y Combinator’s summer 2014 class

Gigaom

If startups are the future of technology and Y Combinator is the future of the startup industry, then YC Demo Day is like a little glimpse into the future of the future. Or at least, the trends that are next to hit technology companies. You don’t have to wait for CES to look into the crystal ball.

This year’s themes come down to bitcoin, science, and the “Ubers of.”

Science

Helion is building what it calls the world’s first commercial nuclear fusion reactor and UPower is building a small-scale nuclear fission reactor. No big deal. As Helion’s founder put it eloquently, “Fusion is really, really hard.”

Fusion wasn’t alone in the hard science category. There was also a startup called Bikanta tackling cancer detection using “nanodiamonds” – an imaging material that makes it easier to see unhealthy nodes in a body. A company called uBiome wants to study gut bacteria by…

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