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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  • Watch John Oliver’s Brilliant, Concise Primer On Net Neutrality

    Watch John Oliver’s Brilliant, Concise Primer On Net Neutrality

    If you are a regular reader of TechCrunch, then you are probably up to speed on the issue of net neutrality. If you aren’t, however, SHAME ON YOU. Just kidding. As HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host (and two-time Crunchies emcee) John Oliver said in a rousing call to action last night, “cable companies have figured out the great truth of America: if you want to do… Read More

  • Hong Kong Incubator NEST Launches An Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Startups

    Hong Kong Incubator NEST Launches An Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Startups

    Ask Hong Kong startup founders about the challenges facing their ecosystem and you are likely to hear one answer over and over again: the lack of funding opportunities. Because Hong Kong’s startup industry is so new, companies are still seen as risky investments and many high-worth individuals turn to the property and banking sectors instead. But there is an increasing amount of interest… Read More

  • Too Lazy To Watch The WWDC 2014 Keynote? Check Out This Song Instead

    Too Lazy To Watch The WWDC 2014 Keynote? Check Out This Song Instead

    Are you too pressed for time to watch all 130 minutes and 52 seconds of Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote? Or just occupied lovingly stroking your Nexus 7? Don’t worry–musician Jonathan Mann has got you covered with a catchy song that pithily sums up all of the most important points from the speech. Read More

  • OneSky’s Platform Makes Translating Apps Easy

    OneSky’s Platform Makes Translating Apps Easy

    App translation and localization service OneSky’s best-known clients include Scribd and QuizUp. With so many app translation providers out there, however, how does OneSky differentiate? Co-founder Loki Ng says the startup, which is based in Hong Kong and will open a San Francisco office soon, gives clients an easier workflow by providing a translation management platform that lets… Read More

  • Additive Analytics Launches New Tools To Help Patients Compare Surgery Costs

    Additive Analytics Launches New Tools To Help Patients Compare Surgery Costs

    TechCrunch first met Additive Analytics when the health data startup launched Maternity Compare, a site that helps parents find trustworthy obstericians. Now Additive Analytics’ founder Laura Hamilton has created two new products to help patients compare the costs of non-emergency surgical procedures at different hospitals, which can potentially save them a huge amount of money. Read More

  • KakaoTalk Launches Its First Desktop Client For Mac

    KakaoTalk Launches Its First Desktop Client For Mac

    KakaoTalk has launched its first desktop client for Mac, which is currently available in Korean and English. The release, which can potentially help South Korea’s top messaging service score more users, comes less than a week after Kakao Corp and Daum, one of the country’s largest Internet portals, announced that they will merge, creating a company with a 3.4 trillion won (about… Read More

  • GrabTaxi Raises $15M Series B Led By GGV Capital

    GrabTaxi Raises $15M Series B Led By GGV Capital

    GrabTaxi, the taxi-calling app that claims to be the largest in Southeast Asia, said today that it has raised a $15 million Series B led by GGV Capital with participation from Qunar and returning investor Vertex Venture Holdings. The latter led GrabTaxi’s Series A round, which was announced last month; though the amount was undisclosed, CEO Anthony Tan said it was more than $10 million. Read More

  • Bindo Raises $1.8M To Help Small Brick-And-Mortar Stores Go Online

    Bindo Raises $1.8M To Help Small Brick-And-Mortar Stores Go Online

    The growth of e-commerce behemoths like Amazon and the convenience they offer to shoppers have been especially hard on local brick-and-mortar stores. A startup called Bindo wants to reverse that trend. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Hong Kong, Bindo has created an iPad point-of-sale system that integrates with its cloud-based payment platform for small merchants, with the goal… Read More

  • Need, For Men Who Dislike Shopping But Love Fashion, Raises $500,000 Seed Round

    Need, For Men Who Dislike Shopping But Love Fashion, Raises $500,000 Seed Round

    Need is an online magazine and retailer for men who hate to shop, but still want to find unique clothing and lifestyle items. The Dallas-based startup announced today that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding led by investors Greg Abbott, CEO of International Dispensing Corporation (IDC); Imran Sheikh, CEO of Aftershock London U.S., and Mobelux, Need’s development partner. The capital… Read More

  • NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s Largest Carrier, To Start Carrying The iPad Air And iPad Mini 2 On June 10

    NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s Largest Carrier, To Start Carrying The iPad Air And iPad Mini 2 On June 10

    Apple announced today that it will begin to sell the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in Japan on NTT DOCOMO’s network starting June 10. NTT DOCOMO is the country’s largest carrier and what is notable about the announcement is that it has taken a relatively long time for company to start offering the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, which were both released… Read More

  • Retro Is One Of The Most Beautiful Instagram iPad Viewers

    Retro Is One Of The Most Beautiful Instagram iPad Viewers

    Despite being one of the fastest growing social sites in the world, Instagram still hasn’t come out with an iPad app. This has allowed several developers to step into the breech and offer their own tablet viewers for the popular photo-sharing app. Some of the most popular ones include Padgram, Pictacular, and Iris App. In order to step up to the competition, a bootstrapped… Read More

  • #YesAllWomen Shows That Misogyny Is Everyone’s Problem

    #YesAllWomen Shows That Misogyny Is Everyone’s Problem

    If the actions of the U.C. Santa Barbara shooter last week turned the Internet into a crime scene, then the Web is also where we turn to grieve and try to process something that is truly incomprehensible and horrifying. Since news of the murders broke, #YesAllWomen has remained one of the top trending topics on Twitter. Originally created by Twitter user gildedspine in reaction to the Not All… Read More

  • Flipkart Raises $210M In New Funding From DST Global And Returning Investors

    Flipkart Raises $210M In New Funding From DST Global And Returning Investors

    Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company, announced today that it has raised $210 million in a new funding round led by DST Global, with returning investors Tiger Global, Naspers, and Iconiq Capital also participating. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s news that Flipkart will acquire online fashion retailer Myntra in a deal reportedly worth $300 million. Read More

  • Kakao And Daum To Merge, Creating One Of South Korea’s Largest Internet Companies

    Kakao And Daum To Merge, Creating One Of South Korea’s Largest Internet Companies

    Kakao and Daum announced today that they will merge through an equity swap, creating a company with a 3.4 trillion won (about $2.9 billion) market capitalization. Kakao and Daum stand to become one of South Korea’s largest Internet companies and will be better positioned to compete against Naver, South Korea’s largest Internet portal and the maker of KakaoTalk competitor Line. Read More

  • Love My Provider Helps Parents Of Autistic Children Find The Best Services

    Love My Provider Helps Parents Of Autistic Children Find The Best Services

    While working as an autism specialist for the state of California, behavioral psychologist Sara Gershfeld met hundreds of families and realized they all faced the same challenges while seeking care for their children. To help them, Gershfeld created Love My Provider, a directory and review site of therapists and other professionals who work with autistic children. Read More

  • YOYO Holdings Snags $1.3M For Its Prepaid Mobile Consumer Survey Platform

    YOYO Holdings Snags $1.3M For Its Prepaid Mobile Consumer Survey Platform

    YOYO Holdings, a rewards platform that targets prepaid mobile phone users in developing economies, has secured $1.3 million in funding from Japanese venture capital firms GREE Ventures, CyberAgent Ventures, and Incubate Fund. Read More

  • AUGMENT Is A Stylish, Lightweight Charger And Case Set For iPhones

    AUGMENT Is A Stylish, Lightweight Charger And Case Set For iPhones

    Keeping your iPhone fully powered is a pain, especially if you like running a lot of battery draining apps. Mophie’s popular cases can hold a charge forever, but they are bulky. Separate battery cases are more lightweight, but they usually attach with a cord and dangle awkwardly from your phone like a placenta attached to an umbilical cord. A startup called Rubix wants to make… Read More

  • AfterShip Lands $1M From IDG-Accel To Make Tracking Packages Less Nightmarish

    AfterShip Lands $1M From IDG-Accel To Make Tracking Packages Less Nightmarish

    Tracking packages is a huge hassle for online vendors.
    AfterShip, which TechCrunch first profiled last year, solves that hassle by enabling lets vendors track multiple shipments through different carriers on the same platform. The Hong Kong-based startup announced today that it has closed a $1 million Series A round from IDG Capital Partners (IDG-Accel). Read More

  • Amazon Invests $20M In Shanghai-Based Food Delivery Site Yummy77

    Amazon Invests $20M In Shanghai-Based Food Delivery Site Yummy77

    Amazon has poured $20 million in Yummy77, a food delivery site based in Shanghai. Yummy77 confirmed the funding in a post on Weibo and said it will use the capital to expand into new markets and help Amazon’s China site expand its selection of goods. This marks the first time that Amazon has invested in a Chinese company after launching in the country a decade ago. Read More

  • Japanese Contact-Management Service Sansan Raises $14M To Tackle The U.S.

    Japanese Contact-Management Service Sansan Raises $14M To Tackle The U.S.

    Sansan Inc., a cloud contact-management service, has raised $14 million in funding led by DCM. The Tokyo-based startup plans to use the capital to break into the U.S. market this month, as expand in other international markets. Other participating investors include the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Nikkei Digital Media, Energy and Environment Investment, Inc, and GMO Venture Partners. Read More