Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu
Catherine Shu is a TechCrunch writer based in Taipei. She started her career in New York City at the Wall Street Journal Online and Barron's Online before moving to Asia. After studying Mandarin Chinese, Catherine put her language skills to the test by covering the design industry and culture in Taiwan's capital for the Taipei Times. Her other journalism experience includes an investigative reporting internship at the Village Voice and numerous freelance writing gigs. Catherine graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Disclosures: None CrunchBase profile →

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  • Founders On Depression

    Founders On Depression

    Last month, I wrote a post asking people working in startups to seek help if they are dealing with depression. It was a personal plea, because I have dealt with depressive episodes since I was a teenager and hate thinking about other people suffering without support. The scope of my advice is limited, however, because I don’t have the experience of balancing the emotional and… Read More

  • Amazon To Invest $2B In Its India Marketplace As Competition With Flipkart Intensifies

    Amazon To Invest $2B In Its India Marketplace As Competition With Flipkart Intensifies

    Just one day after Flipkart disclosed that it had raised as massive $1 billion round, Amazon has upped the ante by announcing that it will invest $2 billion in its Indian marketplace, which it launched about a year ago. In a statement, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said “At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross… Read More

  • Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries

    Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries

    Tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Nokia, are counting on the “next billion,” or users in developing countries who are just getting access to the Internet, to fuel their future growth. Despite increasing access to technology, including the rapidly growing penetration of inexpensive mobile devices, there are still several major obstacles to Internet access… Read More

  • Twitter Acquires Image Search Startup Madbits

    Twitter Acquires Image Search Startup Madbits

    Twitter has acquired image search startup Madbits for an undisclosed amount. The purchase makes sense because the social networking site has been focused on building out its image features. Read More

  • Indian E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Raises Massive $1B Round

    Indian E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Raises Massive $1B Round

    Flipkart, the largest e-commerce company in India, announced on Twitter that it has raised a massive $1 billion round. The round was led by Tiger Global Management and Naspers, with participation by GIC and existing investors Accel Partners, DST Global, ICONIQ Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and Sofina. Read More

  • Migraine Buddy Helps Patients And Doctors Work Together For Better Treatment

    Migraine Buddy Helps Patients And Doctors Work Together For Better Treatment

    Migraines aren’t just awful headaches. They are a neurological condition that often come with cluster of syndromes before and after pain starts. These are called prodromes, which can warn some sufferers when a headache is coming, and postdromes, or “migraine hangovers” that can leave patients feeling exhausted. Read More

  • Thinknum Raises $1M Seed Round To Give Financial Analysts Better Tools

    Thinknum Raises $1M Seed Round To Give Financial Analysts Better Tools

    Thinknum, a financial tech startup that develops tools for analysts, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Pejman Mar Ventures (an investment firm that has also seeded companies like Dropbox, Zoosk, and Lending Club), with participation from Signatures Capital; Green Visor Capital; 500 Startups; 645 Angels; and HKB Capital. The funding will be used to add… Read More

  • Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America

    Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America

    Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet’s taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of $40 million, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group. This brings Easy Taxi’s total raised so far to $77 million as Rocket Internet seeks to establish Easy Taxi’s presence in emerging… Read More

  • FRAMED Immerses Viewers In Digital Artwork

    FRAMED Immerses Viewers In Digital Artwork

    FRAMED seeks to stretch the boundaries of digital art and take it beyond the confines of computer screen. The full-HD IPS display itself is gorgeous, with a walnut frame, but it’s more than just an attractive monitor. It also allows viewers to interact with artwork through motion and sound sensors. Read More

  • QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

    QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

    Qblinks wants to be the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers. The Bluetooth LE device, which is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter, can be used to alert you to notifications from different apps on your smartphone; as a camera remote shutter; to activate Siri; play music; and help you find missing phones by prompting it to ring even when it is in silent mode. Qblinks even has… Read More

  • Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

    Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

    Vingle is a fun, community-oriented site from two of the three founders of Viki, the crowdsourced subtitling platform that was acquired by Rakuten for a reported $200 million last year. Changseong Ho and Jiwon Moon saw how devoted fans on Viki were to translating and subtitling the dialogue in their favorite movies and TV series, and wanted to create a network were people could participate… Read More

  • Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

    Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

    Jink is an iOS and Android app with one goal: to answer the question “where the heck are you?” The location sharing app, developed by Taipei and San Francisco-based Greenhouse Apps, is the latest entrant in a very busy space and is up against some formidable competition, including Glympse (which recently disclosed new funding of $12 million, bringing its total to $20 million)… Read More

  • POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

    POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

    POP, an app that lets developers quickly turn paper sketches into prototypes for iOS or Android apps, has raised an angel round of $700,000 from ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups (which POP participated in last year) , and other investors. POP, which launched for iPhone first, also released a new version that can be used to create apps for iPads, Android devices, and desktop as well. Read More

  • Ambi Climate Wants To Make Summers In Asia More Bearable 

    Ambi Climate Wants To Make Summers In Asia More Bearable 

    Created by a Hong Kong startup, Ambi Climate is the latest entrant in the smart air conditioner market. The smartphone-controlled device is designed to work with split-unit air conditioners that have an infrared sensor and use machine learning to keep your home at a comfortable temperature while reducing energy consumption. Ambi Climate’s first target markets are in Asia, but it plans… Read More

  • Australian Graphic Design Startup Canva Raises Additional $3.6M

    Australian Graphic Design Startup Canva Raises Additional $3.6M

    Canva, a site that lets non-designers create graphics using drag-and-drop tools, has nabbed an additional $3.6 million in funding from Founders Fund and Shasta Ventures, as well as existing investors Matrix Partners, Blackbird Ventures, and Square Peg Capital. This brings its total raised so far to $7 million. Read More

  • Ayannah Raises $1M To Serve The Philippines’ Rapidly Growing Remittance Market

    Ayannah Raises $1M To Serve The Philippines’ Rapidly Growing Remittance Market

    Ayannah, a digital payments startup based in the Philippines, has raised $1 million in new funding from Japanese venture capital firms IMG Investment Partners and Beenos, the investment vehicle of Teruhide Sato, president and group CEO of netprice.com. Returning investors led by Siemer Ventures and Golden Gate Ventures also participated in the round. This brings the total Ayannah has raised so… Read More

  • Zap Zap Fractions Makes Learning Math Fun

    Zap Zap Fractions Makes Learning Math Fun

    Zap Zap Fractions is an iPad and iPhone math app for children that manages to be both instructional and beautiful. When I saw the game demoed by its creators, Malaysia-based Visual Math Studio, at the recent Echelon event, I was impressed by its illustrations of aliens and spaceships, as well as its entertainment value. The concept behind the game, which teaches kids the basics of fractions… Read More

  • Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Launches $100M Global Investment Fund

    Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Launches $100M Global Investment Fund

    Rakuten is eyeing companies beyond Japan with the launch of its new $100 million global investment fund, which will focus on startups in Israel, the U.S., and the Asia Pacific region. Read More

  • Globby Helps Small Shops Take Advantage Of Southeast Asia’s Booming E-Commerce Market

    Globby Helps Small Shops Take Advantage Of Southeast Asia’s Booming E-Commerce Market

    Mobile penetration is especially high in Southeast Asia, and still growing, and the increase in mobile devices also fuels a promising e-commerce market. The problem for many vendors, however, is how to bring their brick-and-mortar stores online. A Singapore-based startup named Globby (short for Global Blaze Solutions) wants to be the e-commerce platform of choice for Southeast Asia’s stores. Read More

  • BlockScore Lands $2M In Funding For Making I.D. Verification Easier

    BlockScore Lands $2M In Funding For Making I.D. Verification Easier

    In 2012, about 7 percent of all people aged 16 or older in the U.S. experienced identity theft, with their financial losses totaling $24.7 billion. Christopher Morton is familiar with the crime because in 2007, he had his identity stolen. Fortunately, the thieves were prevented from obtaining new credit cards, but Morton became interested in how identity verification systems work. With… Read More