Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu


Catherine Shu has covered startups in Asia and breaking news for TechCrunch since November 2012. She can be reached at, @catherineshu on Twitter or

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Ubo, A Parking Valet App For Beijing’s Harried Drivers, Raises $900,000

Commuting in Beijing is an endurance test, but a startup called Ubo wants to make life a little easier for drivers. The app connects users with valets at service stations in the city, who then drop of

Gogoro Reveals Its Upcoming Electric Smartscooters Will Cost From $4,100

Gogoro, the Taiwan-based startup that raised $150 million in stealth mode before unveiling its flagship electric scooter, has finally revealed how much the vehicles will cost.

Alibaba’s Logistics Arm Launches Distribution Centers For Fresh Groceries In Three Major Chinese Cities

Alibaba’s logistics arm is opening refrigerated distribution centers for fresh groceries in three major Chinese cities. Located in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, the warehouses will not only allo

Google Play Prepaid Vouchers Are Now Available In India For Users Without Credit Cards

India is one of Android’s fastest-growing markets, but its extremely low credit card penetration rate is a challenge for Google as it goes after sweet, sweet app revenue. The tech giant is taking st

Shenmue 3 Raises More Than $1M On Kickstarter In Less Than Three Hours

Fans let out a collective squeal of joy when Shenmue 3 was announced at Sony’s E3 conference and then rushed to pledge their support on Kickstarter. In just three hours, the campaign has raised more

After Three Years In Development, Mobli Unveils Real-Time Image Search Engine EyeIn

Mobli, the photo- and video-based social network, launched three years ago, but it has just uncovered its flagship product, a real-time image search engine called EyeIn. Now available on the Web and a

BigBasket, India’s Largest Online Grocer, Expands Its On-Demand Delivery Service

BigBasket, India’s largest online grocer, is boosting its logistics network to compete with companies that offer very fast deliveries. The Bangalore-based company, which was founded in 2011, will op

Fashion Discovery And Shopping App Voonik Gets $5M From Sequoia And Seedfund

India is Asia’s fastest-growing e-commerce market and shoppers there face an increasingly unwieldy array of options from different sites. Voonik wants to make shopping for clothes and accessories

Smart Cars Mean Automakers Need To Think Like Startups

The advent of smart cars means that automakers have to figure out how to collaborate closely with tech companies—and that means making changes to their business models. During a panel at this week's

China’s Startups Can Break New Ground By Focusing On Niche Markets, Says VP Of DJI

China may be known as the world capital of mass production, but the country’s tech industry can foster innovation by focusing on markets with very specific needs.

Former Paypal Executive Joins Bigcommerce As CEO

Bigcommerce, the Austin-based platform that helps retail businesses go online, now has a new chief executive officer. The company announced today that Brent Bellm, who is a former CEO of Paypal Europe

On-Demand App Jugnoo Gets $5M To Bring India’s Auto Rickshaws Online

Auto rickshaws have been a staple in Indian cities for decades. Now a company called Jugnoo wants to make it easy to hail them on smartphones for both rides and deliveries. The Chandigarh-based startu

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India’s Zopper, An On-Demand Marketplace For Bulky Items, Scores $20M Series B

Hyperlocal e-commerce services, which deliver products to customers within hours, are a hot sector in India right now. Zopper is the latest to score a significant round of funding. Its $20 million ser

“Slack For Data” App Chartcube Launches On Desktop And iPhone

Collaborating on data is burdensome and often results in increasingly unwieldy email chains loaded with multiple PowerPoint and Excel attachments. A startup called Chartcube wants to make sharing and

Outlier Dictionary Is A Savior For Overwhelmed Chinese Language Students

Learning Chinese as an adult is like playing a game of chicken with your brain. When I was 26, I spent nine months in a Mandarin program and every time I sat down with a new stack of flashcards, I won

Inspired By Bauhaus Design, ShapeKit Lets Kids Create Gorgeous Animations

Being a child is awesome because every little thing is an adventure. Rolling over, sitting up, eating solids, making letters, telling time--life is one milestone after another. As a jaded adult, it’

Revel Adds Ethernet To Its iPad Point-Of-Sale Platform For More Secure Connections

To get more enterprises on board, Revel is launching wired ethernet connections, a move that it hopes will convince large retail businesses to replace their cash registers with iPads.

Hardware Development Platform HWTrek Gets $4M Series A

HWTrek, a Taipei-based platform that connects hardware startups with manufacturers and other resources, has scored a $4 million series A. The funding was led by WI Harper and ITIC. Legend Star Capital

Chinese Travel Platform Qunar Raises $500M, Turns Down Ctrip Acquisition Offer

Qunar, one of China’s largest online travel booking platforms, plans to expand its mobile business with a new $500 million investment led by Silver Lake.
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