Origami Labs’ OFLO is a smart walkie talkie for frontline workers

OFLO is a voice communication system designed to replace traditional walkie talkies. Its hardware is more compact and lightweight, with a bone conduction headset, and capable of covering unlimited distances and multiple channels. Created by Origami Labs, OFLO is also connected to software that features auto logging and productivity tools for teams who don’t have access to screens while they are working. The startup, whose clients include property management company JLL and luxury hotel chain The...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Asia, Hong Kong, Microsoft, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Walkie Talkie, Peninsula, Wong, JLL, Peter Wong, Orii, Origami Labs

3Drens helps fleet operators use their vehicles more efficiently

3Drens’ IoT mobility management platform not only lets fleet operators track where their vehicles are, but also produces data that helps them make business decisions. The company began operating in Taiwan, where it is based, before expanding into Southeast Asia. Currently presenting at CES’ Taiwan Tech Arena, 3Drens is focused on the increased demand for logistics during COVID-19. For example, its tech can potentially be used to enable smaller e-commerce retailers to rent unused capacity on deli...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Ces, Taiwan, Mobility, Iot, CES 2021, 3Drens

Swarms of robot fish could soon monitor our oceans for environmental hazards

Harvard scientists have created a swarm of swimming robots that could pave the way for new methods of environmental monitoring and searching coral reefs. The autonomous “Bluebots” synchronize their movements like a real school of fish, basing their individual decisions on the behavior of their neighbors. The collective Blueswarm deploys a 3D vision-based coordination system and 3D locomotion to navigate, while each individual bot uses two cameras and LED lights to follow its schoolmates. Their f...
Tags: Startups, Harvard, Neural, Bluebots

Electric vehicles can now use bus lanes in the UK — and cyclists aren’t happy

In December, the UK county of Cambridgeshire started a traffic regulation trial that let electric vehicle drivers use bus lanes, which are typically reserved for buses, taxis, motorcycles, and cyclists. The county council said that letting electric vehicles use the bus lanes serves as an additional incentive to get drivers out of their combustion engine vehicles and into EVs. Cambridgeshire County Council trial 'Tesla lanes' which could see cyclists sharing bus lanes with electric vehicles https...
Tags: Startups, UK, Tesla, Cambridgeshire, Shift, EVs Cambridgeshire County Council

Chatbot shut down after saying it ‘really hates lesbians’ and using racist slurs

A South Korean Facebook chatbot has been shut down after spewing hate speech about Black, lesbian, disabled, and trans people. Lee Luda, a conversational bot that mimics the personality of a 20-year-old female college student, told one user that it “really hates” lesbians and considers them “disgusting,” Yonhap News Agency reports. In other chats, it referred to Black people by a South Korean racial slur and said, “Yuck, I really hate them” when asked about trans people. After a wave of complain...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Netflix, Yonhap News Agency, Neural, Lee Luda

Gemini is launching a credit card with bitcoin rewards

Cryptocurrency exchange company Gemini is acquiring Blockrize and announcing a new product today based on Blockrize’s work. Later this year, the company is launching a credit card that works like a regular credit card — but you earn bitcoin rewards based on your purchases. The credit card will work on the Visa network and will be available in the U.S. Customers will earn up to 3% in bitcoin rewards (again, up to 3%). You'll be able to earn other crypto assets as well. Those rewards will be d...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Gemini, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, U S Customers, HODL, Blockrize

How to develop a web app with SEO in less than 10 minutes

The responsibilities of a web developer are broader than merely designing and developing an application. In addition to adding the right set of features to the app, you have to take proactive actions to make sure the users will embrace it. Taking care of SEO is something that falls under this category. If you want your app to perform well in search engine rankings, incorporating SEO techniques when developing the application is a necessary evil for every web developer. This essential guide to SE...
Tags: Startups, Syndication

Android Auto is reading notifications in the wrong language — and Google’s solution is terrible

Over the past 18 months, some Android Auto users have reported that Android Auto is getting its languages confused and reading notifications in a garbled mess of words that make no sense. Based on what users are reporting, it seems that Google Assistant in the car-based app is attempting to read incoming messages in a secondary language, but is interpreting those messages based on its primary language. One French user, whose phone is set to French, says that Android Auto is trying to read notifi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Android Auto, Shift

Mosaic raises $18.5M Series A from GC to rebuild the CFO software stack

CFOs are the supposed omniscient owners of a company. While the CEO sets strategy, messages, and builds culture, the CFO needs to know everything that it is going on in an organization. Where is revenue coming from, and when will it arrive? How much will new headcount cost, and when do those expenses need to be paid? How can cash flows be managed, and what debt products might help smooth out any discontinuities? As companies have migrated to the cloud, these questions have gotten harder to answe...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Finance, Ipo, Funding, Tech, ERP, Anaplan, Palantir, Felicis Ventures, Cfo, Mosaic, Everlaw, XYZ Ventures, Ross Fubini

Bumble files to go public

The dating and networking service Bumble has filed to go public. The company, launched by a former co-founder of the IAC-owned Tinder, plans to list its share on the Nasdaq stock exchange, using the ticker symbol “BMBL.” Bumble’s planned IPO was first reported in December. Whitney Wolfe Herd doesn’t care what she’s supposed to do Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd was on the founding team at Tinder before starting Bumble. She filed suit against Tinder for sexual harassment and discrimination,...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Tinder, Ipo, Tech, IAC, Bumble, Blackstone, EBITDA, GAAP, Andrey Andreev, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Wolfe Herd

Want a job in tech? Flockjay pitches its sales training service as an on-ramp to tech careers

“Most people don’t even know that a job in tech sales is even a possibility,” says Shaan Hathiramani, the founder and chief executive of Flockjay, a company offering a tech sales training curriculum to the masses. Hathiramani sees his startup as an onramp to the tech industry for legions of workers who have the skillsets to work in tech, but lack the network to see themselves in the business. Just like coding bootcamps have enabled thousands to get jobs as programmers in the tech business, Flock...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Microsoft, Entrepreneur, Georgia, Netflix, Harvard, United States, New Jersey, Computing, Will Smith, Salesforce, Fast Company, Denver, Serena Williams

5 ways to accomplish nothing and still feel exhausted

People ask me all the time: how do you manage to be constantly burnt out while also accomplishing very little? It’s not easy. It takes years of concerted effort. You have to build up habits, to the point where the line between work and time-wasting is essentially blurred. It takes a total lack of self-awareness and an inability to reflect on your own shortcomings. Not to brag, but I’m somewhat of an expert. Here are some proven strategies for burning yourself out while accomplishing very little....
Tags: Startups, Syndication, Growth Quarters

What this simple TikTok prank taught me about work

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! There’s a hilarious prank making the rounds on TikTok and Instagram where people pretend to have their hands stuck in glasses or vases. What’s exactly so funny about that? Well, it’s best if you watch it for yourself — as it’s both so genius and so dumb it’s h...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Boris, Podium, Tiktok, Growth Quarters

One product brought a novelty startup back from the brink at the beginning of the pandemic. Now, Oxford Pennant has become a purveyor of perseverance for Buffalo as the Bills make a historic playoff run.

Brett Mikoll and Dave Horesh, the cofounders of Oxford Pennant, standing above their new banners hanging on Buffalo's Seneca One tower. Colton Wright/Oxford Pennant Oxford Pennant is a Buffalo, New York-based business that designs and manufactures wool felt pennants and banners. In March 2020, the company created a banner that read, "Together we will see it through." The banner became something of a beacon of hope during the lockdowns, and Oxford Pennant has sold over 5,000 of them. No...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Small Business, Washington, Oregon, Boston, Bills, US, NFL, Wilco, Trends, Retail, Indianapolis Colts

Rapid growth in 2020 reveals OKR software market’s untapped potential

Last year, a number of startups building OKR-focused software raised lots of venture capital, drawing TechCrunch’s attention. Why is everyone making software that measures objectives and key results? we wondered with tongue in cheek. After all, how big could the OKR software market really be? It’s a sub-niche of corporate planning tools! In a world where every company already pays for Google or Microsoft’s productivity suite, and some big software companies offer similar planning support, how su...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, ACV, ARR, OKR, The Exchange, Gtmhub, Workboard, Perdoo, Weekdone

Samsung reveals the Galaxy S21 series, $200 cheaper this time

Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra. While we knew there were some significant changes to the lineup coming perhaps the biggest surprise is the price: The S21 starts at $799, the S21+at $999, and the Ultra at $1,199. Each is a full $200 less than last year’s base models, and while not exactly cheap, it’s a welcome course correction from the flagship price tags that have been climbing every year. There are some concessions to get to that price point on the cheaper models, a...
Tags: Startups, Samsung, Insider, Plugged

Capsule raises $2 million for its video Q&A platform aimed at brands

Capsule, a video Q&A platform aimed at brands, emerged last year in direct response to the challenges companies were facing in terms of reaching consumers during the pandemic. Now, the business has closed on $2 million in pre-seed funding. The round was led by Array Ventures and included participation from Bloomberg Beta and other angels. The startup was founded by the same team that originally created the animated GIF capture tool and social network Phhhoto, which eventually lost out to Instagr...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Instagram, Tech, Netflix, Wall Street Journal, Bennett, Bloomberg Beta, USO, Capsule, Boomerang Phhhoto, HYPNO, Shruti Gandhi, Array Ventures, Recent Funding

Starchive doesn’t just keep your files. It’s the cloud storage option that content creators need

TLDR: This lifetime subscription to a 1TB Starchive Cloud Storage plan offers safe, secure, and fully curated and archived access to all your files instantly.  Content creators create. They can’t help it. It’s who they are. But whether they’re a writer, a filmmaker, an artist, or a multi-hyphenate that does it all, all that content they create starts to stack up. Research documents, raw video, recording session tracks, and other work product can take up a fair amount of digital space. While it’s...
Tags: Startups, Offers, TLDR

Outgoing Trump administration puts Xiaomi on an investment blacklist

In a shock move, the Department of Defence under the outgoing Donald Trump administration has put nine Chinese companies on a blacklist citing military connections. Tech giant Xiaomi is the surprise inclusion in the list. The blacklist bars US individuals and companies from investing in these firms. This is different from Huawei‘s trade ban where Americans were blocked from doing with the tech giant. So, Xiaomi won’t be barred from using Android, Google Play Store, or Qualcomm’s chips. Under thi...
Tags: Startups, China, US, Xiaomi, Donald Trump, Huawei, Qualcomm, Trump, Department of Defence, Plugged

Stanford team behind BS gaydar AI says facial recognition can expose political orientation

Stanford researcher Michael Kosinski, the PhD behind the infamous “Gaydar” AI, is back with another phrenology-adjacent (his team swears it’s not phrenology) bit of pseudo-scientific ridiculousness. This time, they’ve published a paper indicating that a simple facial recognition algorithm can tell a person’s political affiliation. First things first: The paper is called “Facial recognition technology can expose political orientation from naturalistic facial images.” You can read it here. Here’s ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Opinion, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Michael Kosinski

How to manipulate date and time in JavaScript

In theory, handling dates as a developer is as simple as creating, storing, and, if necessary, manipulating dates. But as a JavaScript developer, you would know this theory doesn’t hold long after you start working with dates for real. On top of different date-time formats, you have to consider timezone and local differences. For this reason, plenty of JavaScript developers seek help from third-party libraries when they have to manage dates in an application. While these libraries reduce the tas...
Tags: Startups, Syndication

Don’t Make These Cybersecurity Mistakes in 2021

Sponsored Post Data privacy and cybersecurity became buzzwords in 2020, and for good reason. Due to bad privacy practices and cybersecurity mistakes, businesses both big and small were affected by data security vulnerabilities. Data breaches such as the Solar Winds hack, Nuclear Weapons Agency Breach, and Clearview AI’s entire client list being stolen were just a few results of software vulnerabilities. Hackers gained access to T-Mobile’s employees’ email accounts, compromising customer and emp...
Tags: Sponsored, California, Sales, Startup, Tennessee, Nintendo, Don, HIPAA, Marc, ClearView, Zoho, Marc Fishman, Sponsored Post Data

Ring the Vatican bells, Apple might get rid of Touch Bar from the MacBook Pro

Hallelujah, it’s finally happening. Apple might finally get rid of the dreadful Touchbar from MacBook Pros this year. As noted by 9to5Mac, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the company will replace the touch panel with physical buttons in its upcoming devices. Plus, it’s also planning to bring back IO ports and the Magsafe method of charging. This is wonderful news as the Touchbar has been a useless and hated accessory. My colleague Callum dedicated a whole piece to how Touch Bar ruin...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Macbook, Vatican, Macbook Pro, Ming Chi Kuo, Callum, MacBook Pros, Touchbar, Plugged, MacBook Touch Bar

Tesla can’t be forced to recall 158,000 cars in the US… yet

News surfaced yesterday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking Tesla to recall more than 158,000 vehicles over problems with their touchscreens. Sure, it’s pretty crummy when you get news that your vehicle might be destined to failure due to a manufacturing defect. But the real kicker is that Tesla isn’t legally obligated to fix them, yet. [Read: Meet the 4 scale-ups using data to save the planet] In a letter to the manufacturer the NHTSA asked Tesla to recall some Mod...
Tags: Startups, US, Tesla, WSJ, Shift, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Tresl’s Segments Analytics gives small online stores the same data analytics as large sellers

Tresl’s flagship product, e-commerce intelligence platform Segment Analytics, is designed to give small brands on Shopify access to the same kind of analytics larger online retailers have. Founded by former LinkedIn data scientists, Tresl is currently exhibiting at CES’ Taiwan Tech Arena. Segments Analytics analyzes a Shopify store’s data and then automatically sorts visitors into more 30 pre-built customer segments based on their browsing habits, spending and how likely they are to make repeat ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Linkedin, Tech, E-commerce, Ces, Marketing Analytics, CES 2021, Segments Analytics, Tresl, Tresl 's Segments Analytics, CES ' Taiwan Tech Arena Segments Analytics, Google Tresl

Week-by-week breakdown of my $15M virtual fundraising journey in 2020

My company was positioned to grow rapidly in 2020 — but that meant raising growth capital remotely in a shifting VC landscape. We ended up closing a $15 million Series A without ever meeting an investor in person. Here’s what that process looked like, along with a week-by-week breakdown of how it progressed.  Let’s start by setting the scene. When I co-founded Stream in 2014, I could never have guessed how 2020 would transform our business. As makers of enterprise-grade APIs that engineering tea...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters

The winners and losers of a quiet JPMorgan week

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello, Well, it wasn't quite the rain-soaked, networking-filled week I've grown accustomed to preparing for every January when trekking out to the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. But I will say I'm pretty grateful to come out of this week without a ruined pair of shoes and without the classic post-JPM cold.Thanks to all who shared their plans for this week. I got the sense that everyone seemed to be having a slowed-down week with some meetings, but more t...
Tags: Startups, UK, US, Trends, Walmart, Joe Biden, Walgreens, Vc, Healthcare, Medicare, Fda, Pfizer, Biotech, Biden, Khosla, Vinod Khosla

The Galaxy Buds Pro are Samsung’s answer to the AirPods Pro

Samsung today announced its competitor to Apple’s AirPods Pro: the Galaxy Buds Pro (how original!). Samsung promises the headphones are an improvement over the Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds Live in every respect, offering better sound and microphone quality, as well as “the most intelligent” active noise canceling (ANC) on any true wireless earbuds. Bold claims, given the myriad earbuds launching every week. Still, Samsung says the headphones can “reduce background noise by up to 99%,” although a...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Samsung, Insider, ANC, Plugged

Capsule raises $2 million for its collaborative video platform aimed at brands

Capsule, a video Q&A platform aimed at brands, emerged last year in direct response to the challenges companies were facing in terms of reaching consumers during the pandemic. Now, the business has closed on $2 million in pre-seed funding. The round was led by Array Ventures and included participation from Bloomberg Beta and other angels. The startup was founded by the same team that originally created the animated GIF capture tool and social network Phhhoto, which eventually lost out to Instagr...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Instagram, Tech, Netflix, Wall Street Journal, Bennett, Bloomberg Beta, USO, Capsule, Boomerang Phhhoto, HYPNO, Shruti Gandhi, Array Ventures, Recent Funding

Extra Crunch roundup: Antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, more

Some time ago, I gave up on the idea of finding a thread that connects each story in the weekly Extra Crunch roundup; there are no unified theories of technology news. The stories that left the deepest impression were related to two news pegs that dominated the week — Visa and Plaid calling off their $5.3 billion acquisition agreement, and sizzling-hot IPOs for Affirm and Poshmark. Watching Plaid and Visa sing “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” in harmony after the U.S. Department of Justice filed...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Hardware, Enterprise, Finance, Digital, Billie, Tech, Cannabis, SaaS, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Harry, Olympus, Payments

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