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.

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  • Join TechCrunch In Beijing Next Week

    Join TechCrunch In Beijing Next Week

    Shortly after the launch of TechCrunch.cn last year, we brought TechCrunch’s International City Event, organized by our official partner TechNode, to Shanghai, China. This year the event is coming to Beijing. It will take place on August 11 and 12 at T-Space, Chaoyang Park. The theme is “The Red Hardware” to highlight China’s smart hardware makers. Read More

  • Jewel District Uses 3D Printing To Make Beautiful, Intricate Accessories

    Jewel District Uses 3D Printing To Make Beautiful, Intricate Accessories

    A couple years ago, entrepreneur Sungdo Lee had a hit with a series of apps based on music hits, including Harlem Shake Booth, which turns users’ pictures into dancing avatars and scored 12 million downloads. Lee, however, wanted to do something that would have more longevity than entertainment apps. So he turned to 3D printing. Read More

  • Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

    Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

    Xiaomi’s name may mean “little rice” in Chinese, but it’s not so little anymore. According to a report from Canalys, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung as China’s top smartphone maker, thanks to massive growth over the past year. The report says that in the second quarter, Xiaomi shipped 15 million smartphones in China, up from 4.4 million devices, or 240%, in the… Read More

  • Mohiomap Turns Evernote, Google Drive, And Dropbox Accounts Into Mind Maps

    Mohiomap Turns Evernote, Google Drive, And Dropbox Accounts Into Mind Maps

    Like many other people, I use Evernote as an information dump. Despite my best efforts to keep things organized with multiple notebooks and tags, my account has become almost as unwieldy as an overstuffed filing cabinet, with stacks of PDFs, web clippings, and notes going back years. That’s why I was intrigued by Mohiomap. Read More

  • 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┬álimited, 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

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