• The State Of Hardware Crowdfunding In Q1 Crunch Network

    The State Of Hardware Crowdfunding In Q1

    If the past few quarters were not proof enough that the hardware community is increasingly using crowdfunding for early validation and consumers are willing to take risks on new products, the first quarter of 2015 should settle the debate. A total of 128 hardware companies pre-sold nearly $70M in products in Q1 – that’s something like 35 percent of the total dollars hardware… Read More

  • How Do You Solve A Problem Like Microsoft? Crunch Network

    How Do You Solve A Problem Like Microsoft?

    It’s great at business software and technology, but Microsoft still struggles to make coherent consumer products. The problem seems ingrained and cultural, starting with its constant reversion to ecosystem plays and through to its increasingly bizarre user interfaces. Maybe the solution is to stop trying to be so fancy and focus more on its engineering roots instead? Read More

  • CloudSense Wants To Make Every Appliance Smart

    CloudSense Wants To Make Every Appliance Smart

    When Sam Harrell arrived at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon this weekend in New York City, he had an idea for creating something to do with Internet of Things — an ambitious project to complete in fewer than 24 hours. He succeeded in creating CloudSense, an IoT solution that combined hardware, the cloud using a service provided by sponsor Atlantic.net, and an iPhone and Apple Watch app. Read More

  • Croissant Lets You Reserve A Seat At A Co-Working Space Or Coffee Shop Using iBeacons

    Croissant Lets You Reserve A Seat At A Co-Working Space Or Coffee Shop Using iBeacons

    Three co-founders from local deals startup Perqy — Dave Idell, Adam Chew and Nisha Garigan — met up this weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon to present their project, which uses iBeacons installed at local businesses, like coffee shops or co-working spaces, to allow customers to reserve a spot and then be automatically charged for the exact number of minutes they worked… Read More

  • Gruberie

    With Gruberie, Your Waiter Doesn’t Need To Take Your Order

    One of the hacks from our Disrupt NY Hackathon already has a customer: in less than 24 hours, Gruberie set up a site, built an app, and convinced a local diner to install Gimbal beacons so they could test their service in the real world. Read More

  • Pager Turns Your Facebook Pages Into Full-Fledged Websites

    Pager Turns Your Facebook Pages Into Full-Fledged Websites

    Meet Pager, a neat little hack developed during our 24-hour Disrupt NY Hackathon by a team of three engineers. It’s the perfect idea for small business owners who want to turn their Facebook page into a more traditional website. The team has already worked for restaurant owners, doing freelance work and teaching them how to update their WordPress websites — in many ways, it’s… Read More

  • Posture.io Is A Low Cost Hack To Stop Slouching At The Desk

    Posture.io Is A Low Cost Hack To Stop Slouching At The Desk

    If you saw someone pushing an office chair through New York’s financial district this weekend chances are it was this guy: developer Joe Heenan, who’s just shown off a neat hardware hack aimed at improving office workers’ posture here at the Disrupt NY Hackathon. Read More

  • The Upcoming Shakeout In Travel Tech Crunch Network

    The Upcoming Shakeout In Travel Tech

    The last few years have been a dizzying and heady time for travel startups, filled with mammoth funding rounds, high-profile acquisitions, and dramatic examples of young startups soaring past incumbents. Last year, Uber eclipsed Hertz and Avis after it raised money at an $18 billion valuation. The rapidly growing company then went on to raise another $1.6 billion at a $41 billion valuation as… Read More

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