• Now On Kickstarter, Tickle Makes Learning To Code Fun With Scratch

    Now On Kickstarter, Tickle Makes Learning To Code Fun With Scratch

    There are a lot of games and puzzles now that promise to teach kids how to code, but Tickle stands out. Now on Kickstarter, the iPad app was created in part by Mike Chen, a professor of computer science at U.C. Berkeley. Its name is a reference to Scratch, the programming language it uses, which educates people about the fundamentals of coding. Read More

  • DataGravity Wants To Make Your Storage More Intelligent

    DataGravity Wants To Make Your Storage More Intelligent

    DataGravity, a flash storage startup with a data-driven twist, wants to change the way we interact with storage and give companies a more intelligent way to deal with storage information. Most companies today have their storage, search and governance in separate and disparate applications. The search tool has to crawl the storage. The governance tool has to monitor for issues such as credit… Read More

  • Roku TVs From TCL And Hisense Start Shipping Soon

    Roku TVs From TCL And Hisense Start Shipping Soon

    For the last several years, Roku has sold a series of devices that you connect to your TV to stream a wide range of content from thousands of different apps. Now Roku is getting embedded directly into TVs that will go on sale in the coming months, from a couple of consumer electronics manufacturers. Read More

  • Lean Hardware Strategy Lets Kickstarter Breakout Nomiku ‘In-Shore’ Manufacturing Back To The U.S.

    Lean Hardware Strategy Lets Kickstarter Breakout Nomiku ‘In-Shore’ Manufacturing Back To The U.S.

    In the 1980s, Silicon Valley’s hardware elite began outsourcing much of the semiconductor and hardware manufacturing work that gave the region its name to Asia. But now that the economics of hardware startups have fundamentally changed with new ways to test consumer interest and get feedback through platforms like Kickstarter, some startups are finding that it’s easier to… Read More

  • The Bitcoin-Litecoin Decoupling, Redux

    The Bitcoin-Litecoin Decoupling, Redux

    The price of litecoin and bitcoin, two of the most prominent cryptocurrencies, once saw their prices go up and down in something approaching a consistent ratio. That’s to say that bitcoin was always worth far more than litecoin, but the two coins saw their value rise and fall roughly in step with each other. In June, that started to fall apart. Noting the decoupling, TechCrunch… Read More

  • Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

    Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

    Like Voltron, robots will soon need to coordinate landings and docking with absolutely precision in difficult conditions. That’s what a group of researchers have solved by allowing a robot and a movable landing platform to communicate in order to coordinate a perfect landing. As you can see, the quadcopter and a tank-like platform both converge on a pre-set location and both robots… Read More

  • Investment Banking 2.0 Says “Hello World!?”

    Investment Banking 2.0 Says “Hello World!?”

    David Gelles wrote in the New York Times this weekend about how large tech corporations have been conducting more M&A deals with less input from traditional investment banks. Because of my company’s insight into buy and sell-side M&A interest, I wanted to provide some additional insight into how we see the M&A world changing. Read More

  • YC-Backed UPower Is Building Nuclear Batteries

    YC-Backed UPower Is Building Nuclear Batteries

    Despite the promise of bountiful, cheap, and clean energy, nuclear energy didn’t completely overtake fossil fuels like everyone expected in the middle of the twentieth century. Among other things, fear of radiation leaks and waste products that have to be buried for hundreds of years turned the United States away from adopting it for more than a fraction of our energy usage. Read More

  • Women.com Is A Place Where Women Can Engage In Real Talk Online — No Men Allowed

    Women.com Is A Place Where Women Can Engage In Real Talk Online — No Men Allowed

    From middle school girls’ sleepovers to more codified groups like the “Ladies’ Four O’Clock Club,” women have known for ages that there’s something special about the conversational dynamic that happens when a group of females get together. When women are with other women that they trust, they often can be completely honest and comfortable in a way that they… Read More

  • Westfield Labs Dine On Time App

    From Westfield Labs Comes An App To Let Your Pre-Order Meals From The Food Court

    One of the most recent applications from Westfield Labs is Dine On Time, an app that lets busy shoppers skip the line at restaurants in its food court and pay for their meal via mobile app. Since many of the diners in its San Francisco location are actually workers who have offices nearby, time is of the essence, and being able to place an order without having to wait in line is huge. Read More