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This Box Detects Home Intruders By Only Using Wi-Fi

Aura is a security device radically different than those that came before it.<p>A few years ago, researchers at MIT developed a new technology that could detect movement by measuring changes to wireless signals. This device, called Radio Frequency (RF) Capture, could in effect "see through walls" by …

Looking beyond the hype at fintech in Southeast Asia

Christiaan Kaptein Contributor<p>Christiaan Kaptein is a principal at Dymon Asia.<p>From the offices of Venture Capital firms to the financial services districts, you may not be able to escape the promising whispers of fintech startups. Take a structural shift to mobile, an ever decreasing cost of …

iBeat Raises $1.5M To Commercialize Its Heart Monitoring Smartwatch

iBeat, makers of the heart monitoring smartwatch wearable that perpetually monitors and detects cardiac arrest, heart attack, and atrial fibrillation …

With This Wearable Subwoofer, You Can Now Carry The Bass Line Wherever You Go

Why didn’t the biggest hip-hop DJs understand the purpose of recordings in the 1970s? As author Kevin Young wrote, “you couldn’t capture the party on wax.” These DJs built their careers on MCing in person at neighborhood block parties, and were committed to innovating around the live …

EdTech startup Paradigm Shift wants you to learn using VR and AR

Paradigm Shift was recently selected by noted venture capitalist Tim Draper as the best VR idea and is part of Boost VC’s latest acceleration …

BestMile $2.5M seed funding: CEO Raphaël Gindrat: «Network and expertise are essential to a startup»

<b>The EPFL spin-off</b> <b>BestMile</b><b> – based in Lausanne and San Francisco – developed a system for autonomous vehicles. Recently the startup closed a $2.5M</b> …

Silicon Valley startup gets OK for moon mission

MOUNTAIN VIEW — In what could be a giant leap for commercial space travel, a Silicon Valley startup on Wednesday became the first private company to …

Space Exploration

What are the top challenges of venture capital firms?

Generally there are three challenges. The first is non-obvious.<p><b>Challenge #1: Raising Another Fund.</b> While Sequoia, Benchmark, Founders Fund, etc. etc. …

Private Equity and Venture Capital Investments in Emerging Markets Outperformed Those in Non-US Developed Markets in Final Quarter of 2015 and for Full Year, Say Cambridge Associates Benchmarks

BOSTON, MA, Aug 08, 2016 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Distributions Outpace Contributions Again; Media Companies Drove Strong Performance of Both …

The 'Amazing' IPO Change That May Restart The Flow Of New Stocks

Matt Murphy, a managing director at venture capital firm Menlo Ventures, sees something happening in Silicon Valley that he hasn't seen in a very …

Five Takeaways From Walmart’s Acquisition of Jet.com

Jet.com, once laughed at — or, should I say, often laughed at — will now have the final laugh. Walmart will announce tomorrow that it has acquired …

Venture Capital

Median Startup Valuations and Down Rounds in 2016

Average Series A valuations have hovered around $15M for the last 9 quarters. Series B rounds have settled into $50M, while Series C rounds have …

Venture Capital

100 Million Healthcare Wearables by 2021 to Reimagine Patient Care

<i>08 August 2016</i> <i><br>GCC Healthcare Market to Grow 78 Per Cent to USD 71 Billion by 2020;</i><p>First Surgeon to Live-Stream Surgery on Google Glass and …

Google Study Forecasts Southeast Asia Online Travel Market at $76 Billion in 2025

Southeast Asia’s online travel spend is expected to reach $76 billion by 2025 and Google feels that’s one of the best areas for opportunity and …

South-east Asia

As Vertical Marketplaces Rise, Craigslist Faces Its Demise

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jeremy Levine is a partner at Bessemer Ventures Partners and serves on the boards of MindBody, Pinterest, Raise, Shopify, Wikia and Yelp. Rafi Syed co-authored this article as an associate at Bessemer Venture Partners, working closely with Jeremy Levine. He is now COO at Maven, a</i> …

CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive

CloudGOO, a newly launched Android application with something of a silly name, offers a way for you to smush together all your cloud-based file storage accounts to form one big cloud drive in the sky. That is, the app aggregates your cloud drive accounts into one mobile interface, then uses that …

Pre-IPO Imperative: Know Your Customer

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Glenn Solomon is a Partner with</i> <i>GGV Capital.</i> <i>Some of his recent investments include Pandora, Successfactors, Nimble Storage, Isilon, Domo, Square, Zendesk, Quinstreet and AlienVault. His personal blog,</i> <i>goinglongblog.com</i><i>, focuses on growth-stage entrepreneurs who are thinking big.</i><p>The IPO …

Ditch that designer bag and crowdfund local fashion brands instead

Couture designer bags are overrated. They often don’t look good, and they’re ridiculously expensive. In many cases, your money is probably better …

Crowd Funding

Honey Introduces A Universal Cart For Online Shoppers Where Savings Are Automatically Applied

Honey, the useful web browser add-on which automatically finds and applies promo codes to your orders when shopping online, is today launching a new version of its service (aka “Honey 2.0”) that introduces a universal shopping cart. The feature is designed to allow consumers to buy from multiple …

Simple Spotlinks App Lets You Connect On Location, Share Links

We’ve all been there. You met someone at a conference who seems interesting, so you get out the business cards. Fast, not awkward, and socially OK. An alternative is you stand there and fire them an email there and then (common practise in the US). Other use LinkedIn apps (I don’t). If you are …

YC-Backed Gbatteries Launches BatteryBox, A 50Whr Backup Battery For MacBooks & Other Gadgets

Over the years, users of portable consumer electronics have just come to accept that battery life gets worse over time. But it doesn’t have to: Gbatteries, which is in the current batch of Y Combinator companies, has come up with a new technology called BatteryOS that provides better performance …

Povio, The Polite Photo App That Students Love, Joins YC’s Winter Batch

It sounds odd to be talking about another photo sharing app, but a young company has – incredibly – come up with an entirely new take on the concept. Povio, a young startup from Slovenia, gained early traction with its clever take on photos and will now join Y Combinator’s winter batch (for which …

Telegram Hits 35M Monthly Users, 15M Daily With 8B Messages Received Over 30 Days

Telegram, the mobile messaging app that offers secure communications created by VK.com co-founders Nikolai and Pavel Durov, today announced a new milestone in its traction, which has increased considerably since Facebook acquired rival WhatsApp: The app hit 35 million users, and TechCrunch has …

Google Teams With Ray-Ban And Oakley Maker Luxottica For Future Versions Of Glass

Google has signed on Italian optical wear firm Luxottica to help it design and build future versions of its Glass face-based computing system, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal confirmed by Google to TechCrunch. The news comes from Luxottica itself, which says it will build new …

A Look Inside Box: Competition, Product Plans, And Unit Economics

While Box was widely expected to be a money-losing shop, the extent of its losses and that its deficit is increasing surprised some. What the losses mean in the context of Box and its future is a complex question, but one worth answering given that if the company struggles during its flotation, it …

Are VC Mega-Rounds the New Normal? • Tomasz Tunguz

Each morning’s news seems to bring another fund-raising announcement of ever larger scale. Just a few months ago, Pure Storage raised $150M in the …

Venture Capital

Why Entrepreneurs Should Stop Celebrating the 60-Hour Workweek

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every entrepreneur knows what it feels like to put in a 12-hour day and come home physically and mentally exhausted. Many brag about how many hours they put in and convince themselves that logging hours is the goal. But if you put in 60 …

Entrepreneurship

Quit Trying to Be Like Steve Jobs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The opening question the venture capitalist asked after I sat down to be interviewed was, “How did a marketing guy end up being considered for a CEO job?”<p>After a 20-year career in high-tech that included managing development, running …

Entrepreneurship

After 2 Months, Gadget Marketplace App FOBO Has Hit A Million-Dollar Run Rate. This Video Shows Why.

It’s been just about two months since FOBO launched its local marketplace app for consumer electronics. But already, the app has proven wildly successful in its home market of San Francisco, where it’s pushing a $1 million run rate and spreading just by word-of-mouth.<p>FOBO is an ultra-simple app for …