Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu is a TechCrunch writer. 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, entrepreneurship, 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. She can be reached at shu@techcrunch.com or @catherineshu on Twitter.

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  • Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners

    Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners

    The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year, has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team. Pat Kinsel started at the Boston-based firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence after Spindle was acquired. Polaris was an investor in Spindle. Read More

  • Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

    Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

    Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time? (I hope so, because then I’d feel a lot less alone). Despite their rugged individuality, indoor cats need to satisfy their stalking instinct, keep stimulated, and get enough exercise, according to the Humane Society. Kittyo is a device that lets owners keep their cats entertained while spying on them from afar. Read More

  • Rocket Internet’s Carmudi, A Car Classifieds Site, Grabs $10M In New Funding To Expand In Asia

    Rocket Internet’s Carmudi, A Car Classifieds Site, Grabs $10M In New Funding To Expand In Asia

    Carmudi, a car classified ads site backed by Rocket Internet, has raised $10 million to expand its operations in Asia. Investors include Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of the German retail giant. The site’s network currently operates in eleven countries, six of which are in Asia (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam). Read More

  • 500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

    500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

    Roam And Wander, a toy and children’s entertainment studio that is currently participating in 500 Startups’ accelerator program, is now raising funds for its latest stuffed animal on Kickstarter. Called DiDi, the classic brown teddy bear is twice as large as Roam and Wander’s last toy, a bunny named TuTu, and comes to life with the aid of an iPad. Read More

  • FIO Is A Simple, Attractive Time Zone Tracker

    FIO Is A Simple, Attractive Time Zone Tracker

    One of the things I love about working with people all around the world is that I feel like an international woman of mystery. Unfortunately, by “mystery” I mean time zones and my propensity for mixing them up. Missing phone appointments or calling people obscenely early in the morning is embarrassing, so I was happy to install FIO, a free Chrome extension that tracks time zones. Read More

  • Supahands Offers Multilingual Virtual Assistants For Clients In Asia

    Supahands Offers Multilingual Virtual Assistants For Clients In Asia

    Southeast Asia is the second-largest outsourcing destination in the world, but a new company called Supahands wants to help locals by bringing virtual assistants to the region. Based in Malaysia and Singapore, the startup plans to expand to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, and Australia. Read More

  • The Rufus Cuff’s Size And Features Lord Over Puny Smartwatches

    The Rufus Cuff’s Size And Features Lord Over Puny Smartwatches

    With its three-inch screen, the┬áRufus Cuff thumbs its nose at smartwatches with their tiny faces and dainty wristbands. The wearable device, which bills itself as a “wrist communicator” and runs on Android, has access to the full Google Play store; a built-in mic, speaker, and camera; a full Web browser; accelerometer and gyroscope; touchscreen keyboard; and attaches to a… Read More

  • Weibo’s IPO May Underwhelm, But Don’t Discount Other Chinese Tech Stocks

    Weibo’s IPO May Underwhelm, But Don’t Discount Other Chinese Tech Stocks

    Weibo, the influential microblogging service owned by Sina, has reportedly raised just $285.6 million in its initial public offering, according to Bloomberg. The service’s underwhelming IPO, however, should not be taken as a harbinger of doom for other Chinese tech companies that plan to list soon on U.S. stock exchanges. Read More

  • Created With Imogen Heap, Mi.Mu Turns Hand Gestures Into Music

    Created With Imogen Heap, Mi.Mu Turns Hand Gestures Into Music

    Created in collaboration with British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, the Mi.Mu glove turns the arms and hands of performers into musical instruments. Eventually, Heap and Mi.Mu’s developers hope the glove and it software, which will be made open source, will reach a wide range of users. Read More

  • Hello Doctor Is An Easy Way To Save Medical Files

    Hello Doctor Is An Easy Way To Save Medical Files

    Copies of medical files are often difficult to replace if misplaced, especially if a patient’s healthcare providers operate in different networks. Hello Doctor hopes to help its users avoid that problem. Read More

  • Mt.Gox Will Reportedly File For Liquidation Instead Of Bankruptcy

    Mt.Gox Will Reportedly File For Liquidation Instead Of Bankruptcy

    Mt.Gox has filed for liquidation in a Tokyo court instead of going forward with its plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper’s sources said that Mt.Gox decided to abandon its previous plan for rehabilitation because it was too complex and unrealistic, but that it still hopes a buyer for the exchange can be found. Read More

  • Mashfeed Lets You Discover Better Content On Social Networks

    Mashfeed Lets You Discover Better Content On Social Networks

    Mashfeed isn’t just about finding new content. It also lets you organize posts in a better way than most social networks currently allow. On Mashfeed, you create public or private channels (called mashfeeds) that let you add specific users, pages, or hashtags on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to channels made by existing users or Mashfeed and trending topics… Read More

  • Social Commerce Startup Chloe+Isabel Introduces Live Virtual Jewelry Trunk Shows

    Social Commerce Startup Chloe+Isabel Introduces Live Virtual Jewelry Trunk Shows

    Chloe+Isabel follows in the footsteps of companies like Avon and Tupperware, but the startup is among several companies that want to redefine the direct-selling business model with technology. Now Chloe+Isabel is taking its proprietary tech platform one step further with virtual trunk shows that allow sellers to connect with customers in different parts of the country at the same time using… Read More

  • Zebra Technologies May Acquire Motorola Solutions For $3.5B (Updated)

    Zebra Technologies May Acquire Motorola Solutions For $3.5B (Updated)

    Update: The companies confirmed that Zebra Technologies is buying Motorola Solutions’ handheld unit for $3.45 billion. Motorola Solutions may sell its enterprise division to Zebra Technologies in a deal worth about $3.5 billion, according to a report in the Financial Times. The acquisition, which may be announced on Tuesday, would produce a company that could generate annual sales of… Read More

  • Viddsee BUZZ Launches To Help Independent Asian Films Go Viral

    Viddsee BUZZ Launches To Help Independent Asian Films Go Viral

    Viddsee, an online video platform that helps independent filmmakers throughout Asia distribute their work, has launched the beta version of Viddsee BUZZ, a new site that is meant to help content reach a wider audience on social networks. The site, which launched last year, also announced that Viddsee has hit five unique million viewers. Read More

  • BTC China Launches ATM Web App

    BTC China Launches ATM Web App

    BTC China, one of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges by trading volume, released a new mobile-friendly Web app called the Picasso ATM today. The Picasso ATM allows users around the world to exchange the digital currency for cash without having to find a physical ATM. Read More

  • Wall Mount MagBak Turns Your iPad Into A Fancy Magnet

    Wall Mount MagBak Turns Your iPad Into A Fancy Magnet

    The MagBak claims to be the world’s thinnest mount for the iPad. Indeed, the entire kit consists of a wall holder (called the MagStick) that is only slightly thicker than pencil and a strong but thin magnetic grip which adheres to the back of the tablet. The latest version of the MagBak is on Kickstarter and has already raised nearly double its $15,000 goal with three days left in… Read More

  • Sequoia-Backed Chinese Retailer Jumei Files For $400M U.S. IPO

    Sequoia-Backed Chinese Retailer Jumei Files For $400M U.S. IPO

    Beijing-based online retailer Jumei plans to hold its initial public offering in the U.S. In its SEC filing over the weekend Jumei, which offers daily deals on fragrances and cosmetics, said it wants to raise up to $400 million, but did not disclose which exchange it will list on. The company was founded in 2009 and its investors include Sequoia Capital. Read More

  • iOS App Driving Curve Is A Fitness Tracker For Your Car

    iOS App Driving Curve Is A Fitness Tracker For Your Car

    iOS app Driving Curve is an easy way to track your driving performance without having to fiddle with additional devices. It’s meant as simple alternative for people who are curious about their driving performance, but don’t want to deal with an OBD or a more complicated set of features just yet. Read More

  • Tempdrop Is A Wearable Body Temperature Sensor For Fertility Tracking

    Tempdrop Is A Wearable Body Temperature Sensor For Fertility Tracking

    Tempdrop is a wearable sensor that makes it easy for people to monitor and record their basal body temperatures. That data can be integrated by developers into any fertility app with few lines of code. The startup, which is currently raising funds for Tempdrop on Indiegogo, has already collaborated with Kindara, OvuView, My Days, Menstrual Calendar, LadyTimer, and other apps. Read More