Tag: Startups

Start Ups

GeekWire CES Dispatch, Day 2: High-tech celebrities, Alexa in the fridge, and VR barf bags

LAS VEGAS — The final CES media day was packed with surprises, reveals, and more than anything, Amazon’s Alexa. As GeekWire’s Taylor Soper reports, the voice activated Amazon assistant seemed to be everywhere at the event yesterday, including in LG refrigerators . Alexa now has over 7,000 skills , a seven times increase in the…

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Better Ventures closes $21 million fund to back the next Tesla or Patagonia

 Oakland-based venture capital firm Better Ventures recently closed its second fund at $21 million according to cofounder and managing director Wes Selke. The firm was originally founded as an accelerator called Hub Ventures to help social entrepreneurs running so-called “triple bottom line” startups. These companies measure their success not only by revenue and profitability,… Read More Read…

Gadgets

Enlaps is a solar-powered, always-connected timelapse camera

 Timelapse photography is fun, but complicated. For long-term projects, you need to feed power to the camera, and if you want your photos back, you need to rig up a data gathering solution. That changed when Enlaps came along. The company just finished a successful IndieGoGo campaign, raising $250k for its Tikee camera. Read More…

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August Home paves the way to put a smart lock on doors internationally

 August Home — which makes an internet-connected smart lock — already works for most door locks you’d typically find in the U.S. But it hasn’t had a product yet for a different style of lock called the Mortise lock just yet. That lock represents a smaller amount of the overall market in the U.S., but…

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Meet the 12 finalists at ShowStoppers’ LaunchIt startup competition at CES

 Startups are taking over CES. While the Sonys and Samsungs of the consumer electronics industry are presenting their latest and greatest devices today, hundreds of companies are also making their way to Las Vegas to present some nifty hardware products. That’s the reason why TechCrunch is organizing the Hardware Battlefield. It’s just like the Battlefield…

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Medium lays off 50 employees, shuts down New York and D.C. offices

 It’s not the happiest new year at social publishing platform Medium, apparently. According to a blog post from its CEO Ev Williams, also co-founder of Twitter, the well funded startup is laying off fifty employees in non-engineering roles and shuttering its offices in New York and Washington D.C. Williams took the rosiest possible angle on changes happening at Medium,…

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FOVE eye-tracking headset starts shipping

 Japanese eye-tracking Fove is starting to ship its first units from its successful Kickstarter campaign last year. The company originally planned to ship its product about eight months ago, but ran into a series of delays along the way. Orders placed today will ship in February as the company catches up with its Kickstarter backers…