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Korea’s SparkLabs Names Its 4th Startup Intake

1671399978_441d8b03ca_o South Korea’s SparkLabs accelerator has named its fourth intake — including its first Internet of Things startup (a company making connected flower pots); it’s first startup from China, a mobile healthcare startup; along with one U.S. business in the marketing automation space. Read More

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Here’s A Tumblr For Photos Of Bros In Startup Shirts

Important work is being done here .

Cory Sklar lives in San Francisco and has seen his fair share of men wearing t-shirts with startup names on them. But Cory is no passive observer. No. He decided to do something about it.

He started a blog.

That, dear reader, is the complicated and arcane origin story of Dudes In Start Up Shirts.

Cory told BuzzFeed News he wishes to express no opinion on the shirt wearers; he is merely observing them, like Jane Goodall but for startup bros with bad fashion taste. The photos come from a mix of reader submissions and his own snaps.

Please enjoy this important piece of cultural anthropology.

LINK: Dudes In Startup Shirts

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Lifelogging Wearable Camera Startup, Narrative, Gets $8M For U.S. Push

Narrative Clip Lifelogging camera startup Narrative has bagged a new chunk of funding to fuel a U.S. push, taking in $ 8 million led by Khosla Ventures. Existing investors True Ventures and Passion Capital also participated in the round. It’s the first outside investment for the 2012-founded Swedish startup since last October, and brings its total funding to-date to $ 12.2 million. Read More

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Cyanogen and a startup made up of veterans from Google, Amazon and HTC are building ‘something really cool’

Is your Tuesday evening missing a sense of ambiguous mystery? We’ve got something for you: Cyanogen and a start-up named Nextbit are working on “something really cool” for mobile devices, but won’t say a word about what it actually is. Nextbit has…

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Parking spot startup vows to fight San Francisco’s plan to shut it down

An Italian startup that lets people buy and sell city-owned parking spots to one another plans to ignore efforts to crack down on its business and those who use it. Monkey Parking today said will keep offering a way for people in public spots to “sell” their spot to another user of the service before vacating it, something that has typically been an open market for any nearby driver who happens upon it. Earlier this week, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent out cease-and-desist letters to Monkey Parking and two local startups, warning them that that handoff between drivers was illegal and could net up to a $ 300 ticket. Herrera also warned that the company could be subject to $ 2,500 fine for each of those violation as part of…

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A Satellite Startup Could Be Google’s Next Purchase

According to a report, Google is interested in buying Skybox Imaging, a California-based startup that builds high-resolution imaging microsatellites and provides a platform to view the data. Because apparently Google needs satellites now that Facebook has drones. Read More

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The Lean Hardware Startup: Investing in Hardware Startups

Editor’s note: Cyril Ebersweiler is the founder of the pioneering hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R (which is now looking for applicants) and Partner at SOSVentures. Benjamin Joffe is an expert on startup ecosystems, angel investor and Advisor at HAXLR8R. Both invest in companies around the world and spent over a decade in China and Japan. This is the fourth part of a series on Lean… Read More

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Samsung Working With Startup Partners To Add Gesture-Based Smart Home Control To TVs

Samsung is reportedly (via WSJ) preparing for a smart home control interface that uses your smart TV to recognize basic hand gestures, directed at the objects you actually want to control. So, for example, it would allow you to point at a lamp to turn it off or on, or to other nearby objects to affect them in different ways. The shift is a bit of an extension of what Samsung already offers, which… Read More

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Rumor: Brainwave-Sensing Startup InteraXon Was Approached By Google About An Acquisition

Toronto-based startup InteraXon, maker of the Muse brainwave-sensing headband, had a very interesting potential suitor, according to a source close to the startup speaking to TechCrunch. Specifically, Google came calling, but InteraXon isn’t necessarily interested in being acquired by the search giant, our source reports. A recent profile of InteraXon from the Financial Post provides a… Read More

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Oculus Rift Takes Home The Crunchie For Best Hardware Startup


It’s hard for me to imagine a hardware startup that is more exciting, more fascinating, and that has more potential to ripple out into a million amazing things than Oculus and their Rift virtual reality headset.

Many of you, it seems, would agree. After weeks of voting, our readers and this community have chosen Oculus VR as the Best Hardware Startup of the year.

As has been said many a time, Hardware is hard. Though the barrier to entry is lower than it’s ever been, the creation of new hardware is still a field that most don’t enter.

It makes sense, then, that the competition here was incredibly fierce. Oculus’ fellow nominees in the category:

  • 3D Robotics, a company that wants to make aerial drones accessible to businesses of all sizes.
  • SmartThings, which is building a platform to allow any electronic device — be it your toaster or a ceiling fan — to become an Internet-connected “smart device”
  • Sonos, the remarkably simple wireless speakers that let you bring sound to every room in your house in just a few taps.
  • Square, creators of the dongle that lets anybody — be it your buddy who’s having a garage sale, or a major coffee chain — accept credit card payments in just a few minutes.

While Oculus shipped an early, developers-only version of their headset last year, they’ve yet to release a consumer-ready version (or even announce an official date for one). And that’s just fine. This is a case where “Screw it, Ship It” simply does not apply; where it’s not just acceptable to hold the product close until it’s at a point of perfection, but where that is the only right decision. The reason they haven’t released a retail product is not for lack of talent, interest, or funding. It’s because they must get it right the first time, and they know it.

This concept — virtual reality in the home — is one that science fiction has promised us for decades. The available technology is finally reaching a point where it’s becoming feasible — and when it does, Oculus is positioned to pave the way. Industry legends are leaving their post at companies they created to be a part of it. The most adored company in the gaming world has pledged their R&D resources to them. Developers around the world are already building apps and concept demos for the device, knowing full well that consumers won’t have their hands on it for months to years. If Oculus can’t pull this off, I’m not sure anyone can.

Congratulations, Oculus. We’re all excited for the next few years.


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