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  • Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

    Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

    A Taipei-based hardware startup called JoyRay wants to create a smartwatch for kids that won’t end up abandoned like the Velveteen Rabbit. Founder and CEO Jerry Chang, who was division head of Foxconn’s smartphone business before leaving last December, believes the key to creating a kids’ smartwatch with enduring appeal is to make it open platform and release new apps… Read More

  • 500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

    500 Startups-Backed Roam And Wander Presents DiDi, An Interactive Teddy Bear

    Roam And Wander, a toy and children’s entertainment studio that is currently participating in 500 Startups’ accelerator program, is now raising funds for its latest stuffed animal on Kickstarter. Called DiDi, the classic brown teddy bear is twice as large as Roam and Wander’s last toy, a bunny named TuTu, and comes to life with the aid of an iPad. Read More

  • As Uber Drives Into India, It’s Shifting Its Emerging Market Strategy Up A Gear

    As Uber Drives Into India, It’s Shifting Its Emerging Market Strategy Up A Gear

    Transportation tech startup UberĀ is continuing its aggressive expansion across Asia. As of this week, it is now live in India, starting first with a luxury car service in its tech capital, Bangalore. The subcontinent may boast a potential market of over a billion, a rising middle class and 164,000 millionaires, but these are silver linings to some possibly darker storm clouds: low credit… Read More

  • Uber Launches In Taipei, Just Two Days After Debuting In Seoul

    Uber Launches In Taipei, Just Two Days After Debuting In Seoul

    Uber is moving forward with its Asian expansion at a quick pace with the start of limited service in Taipei, just two days after it launched in Seoul. The premium taxi calling app is currently in stealth mode in Taiwan’s capital, which means that there are a limited number of cars available while Uber fine tunes its service. Uber is still looking for a full-time general manager to… Read More

  • More Details On The Taipei Mini-Meetup

    More Details On The Taipei Mini-Meetup

    As you may have noticed last week that I planned an impromptu mini-meetup in Taipei. We’ve decided on a location – OnTap Taipei – on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at about 8pm. To RSVP pop over to Plancast or email me at john@techcrunch.com with the subject line “TAIPEI.” Special thanks to Richard from VIA who helped out planning this little soiree. Read More

  • Taiwan: How About A Taipei Mini-Meetup?

    Taiwan: How About A Taipei Mini-Meetup?

    I’m going to be heading over to Taipei next week and I’d love to connect with entrepreneurs, programmers, nerds, hackers, fun people, and/or sourpusses. To that end, I’d like to propose a small meet-up, very informal on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at about 8pm. I know nothing about Taipei so I’m depending on you guys to recommend a location for us to meet. Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear Meetup Taipei: 6 Taiwanese tech startups demo their services

    Asus, Acer, HTC or BenQ: Taiwan is well-known as a significant player in the global electronics industry, but it’s safe to say the Taiwanese web landscape is still a black box for many of us. Taiwan ranks 10th in Asia in terms of Internet population, with around 15 million people currently online. Add to this an online ad market that grew by 14.9% to $208 million in 2009, and you have… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear Meetup Taipei: 6 Taiwanese Startups Demo Their Services

    Asus, Acer, HTC or BenQ: Taiwan is well-known as a significant player in the global electronics industry, but it’s safe to say the Taiwanese web landscape is still a black box for many of us. Taiwan ranks 10th in Asia in terms of Internet population, with around 15 million people currently online. Add to this an online ad market that grew by 14.9% to $208 million in 2009, and you have… Read More

  • Reminder: TechCrunch/CrunchGear Meetup In Taipei Tomorrow, October 5

    I’m in Taiwan now and as announced last week, there will be a TechCrunch/CrunchGear meetup tomorrow (Monday, October 5) in Taipei at 7.30pm (open door at 7pm). We are holding the meetup with our partner and co-organizer Chili Consulting, a Taipei-based innovation strategy firm. Every guest should have received the invitation by now, and please remember the venue changed (the schedule… Read More