manufacturing

  • Software For The Full-Stack Era Crunch Network

    Software For The Full-Stack Era

    The history of software is dominated by companies that automated how the biggest companies in the world did business. IBM automated clerical tasks, SAP unified corporate financials, and Siebel digitized Rolodexes for relationship-driven salespeople. With that focus in mind, it’s no wonder that many of the world’s largest technology companies survive based on their ties to IT… Read More

  • YC-Backed GetScale’s Quality Control System Protects Factory Workers And Hardware Companies

    YC-Backed GetScale’s Quality Control System Protects Factory Workers And Hardware Companies

    At first glance, GetScale’s cameras might seem like just another factory surveillance system. The startup, however, wants to make life easier for engineers and assembly-line workers by allowing them to communicate directly and record the entire manufacturing process. Read More

  • The Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen In America Crunch Network

    The Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen In America

    The ‘Industrial Internet’ is poised to overhaul the way companies manufacture goods, in turn changing our everyday interactions with products. Imagine yourself five years from now, sitting around a picnic table with a group of friends. One of them just landed a coveted manufacturing gig right after getting her master’s degree, and is now pulling in $200,000 a year. Another… Read More

  • Disrupt Alum PartPic, A System That Identifies Replacement Parts, Raises a $1.5M Seed Round

    Disrupt Alum PartPic, A System That Identifies Replacement Parts, Raises a $1.5M Seed Round

    PartPic, which launched at last year’s TC Startup Battlefield in San Francisco, announced it has closed a $1.5 million dollar seed round from a group of 15+ angels, VCs, and strategic investors including Robert Saunders, Joanne Wilson, the Arc Angel Fund, and the Jumpfund. PartPic works like this: After being licensed by a manufacturing company, PartPic obtains 360 degree photos… Read More

  • Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft last year, but since then rumours have bubbled up now and again that the firm is planning to return to the mobile space. Citing anonymous sources, Re/code recently lit the touch-paper on a round of new stories floating this idea. It reported that the firm was plotting more mobile moves, spearheaded by Nokia Technologies, the division which handles… Read More

  • Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    In the process of growth, startups change. They change from scrappy three-person operations to behemoths with new employees rolling in daily. They go on hiring sprees and the founders no longer know the people sitting at cubicles outside their offices. Bigger companies – Google and the like – start sniffing around. And those changes add up – going from 50 mph to lightspeed is… Read More

  • ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts or you can simply print it yourself. It’s one of the purest open source hardware plays I’ve seen in a long while and it just goes to show how cool it is to be able to print your… Read More

  • Vanhawks Raises $1.6M To Help Put The Valour Smartbike On The Road

    Vanhawks Raises $1.6M To Help Put The Valour Smartbike On The Road

    Smartbike startup Vanhawks, part of the Y Combinator Winter 2015 class, has raised $1.6 million from Real Ventures, Olympic triathlon gold medallist Simon Whitfield, Brenda Irwin of Relentless Pursuit partners and various angels. The company will use the funding to help deliver its Valour smartbike, which raised over $820,000 on Kickstarter last year, to its first customers starting this spring. Read More

  • The Internet Applied To Things And The Third Industrial Revolution Crunch Network

    The Internet Applied To Things And The Third Industrial Revolution

    There’s a new vanguard creating the future of the U.S. manufacturing economy. Companies like MakerBot, TechShop and Kickstarter are playing a large part in fixing the breakdown between historical industrialized employment and manufacturing models, which people still depend on for work, and the more flat and networked world in which we now live. Read More