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 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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  • Thai Fashion Site WearYouWant Scoops Up $1.5M Series A

    Thai Fashion Site WearYouWant Scoops Up $1.5M Series A

    WearYouWant, a fashion retail site, has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding. The round was lead by Digital Media Partners (DMP), a venture firm that specializes in emerging markets, as well as Japanese e-marketing firm OPT SEA. Other investors include IMG Investment Partners and WearYouWant co-founder Julien Chalte. Read More

  • Financial Management Platform 8 Securities Closes $9M Series B

    Financial Management Platform 8 Securities Closes $9M Series B

    Stock trading and financial management platform 8 Securities has closed a $9 million Series B to support its expansion in Japan and China. Returning investors include Velocity Capital and Leitmotiv Private Equity. Read More

  • Crave’s Vesper Is A Vibrator That Hides In Plain Sight

    Crave’s Vesper Is A Vibrator That Hides In Plain Sight

    In a market filled with many, many, many sex toys, Crave stands out by making vibrators that are not only elegant and discreet, but also multifunctional. For example, Duet, the first vibe it produced, charges through USB and can also be used as a thumb drive. Now Crave, which raised a $2.4 million Series A last year, has released its newest product, Vesper, a small vibrator that also doubles as… Read More

  • Ezeecube Is A Stackable, All Inclusive Media Center For Your Home

    Ezeecube Is A Stackable, All Inclusive Media Center For Your Home

    Ezeecube wants to be the all-in-one media hub for your home. You can use it to wirelessly back up photos and other files from all your mobile devices and cameras, while removing duplicates and organizing with its photo management software. It also functions as a home media cloud so you can access your files anywhere, while streaming photos and videos to iOS and Android devices, or Windows and… Read More

  • 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

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