Haje Jan Kamps

Haje Jan Kamps is the director of portfolio at Bolt, a venture capital firm focused on hardware startups and enabling technologies. He was also a staff writer for TechCrunch.

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Aigen’s swarm of agtech robots want to make agriculture carbon negative

Even though the only thing the robot can do right now is pull weeds, Aigen is adamant it isn’t building a weed-whacking robot. It claims to be on a mission to terraform the earth, and says it ha

Social robotics company Furhat buys Sphero spin-out company Misty Robotics

Misty has had a hell of a journey of it. After raising $11.5 million from Foundry and Venrock, then crowdfunding its personal robot, the company hit a series of challenges. Today, Swedish social robot

LG and the hunt for the next-gen corporate incubator

Whatever you do, don't refer to LG's incubator program LG Nova as a corporate venture capital (CVC) outfit.

LG reveals the first shortlisted startups for its LG Nova incubator

Korean technology giant LG makes everything from televisions (they announced some new ones at CES), washing machines and fridges, to, well, it’ll probably take less time to list the things they

Row, row, row your phone, gently, ’till it’s charged

Against a backdrop of a pandemic that has shredded supply chains and gym memberships alike, it was mildly surreal to see professional-grade gym machine company SportsArt launch a rowing machine that c

Outlines showers your home with recyclable options

The sign of a true entrepreneur is someone who can look around and go “wait a minute, there must be a better way.” That approach worked well for Outlines‘ founders, who are tackling

3 views on CES 2022

CES is still a fantastic car show — but if you work at a hardware startup, it's time to rethink your media strategy.

Be aware: Your company is watching you

Call it the public service announcement to start off your year: If you’re working at a startup where IT is a little fuzzy, policies are evolving as the company is being built and the organizatio

How sweet is your blood? Scanbo gives an answer without poking holes in you

If you have diabetes, or ever suspected that you might, you will have done the poke-your-finger-and-drop-blood-on-a-stick thing until your finger goes numb. Finger-prick blood glucose monitoring is th

Mosqitter’s machine murders mosquitos with much mirth

After ridiculing one mosquito-fighting product, I figured it’d be only right to highlight another piece of buzz-reducing tech that was showing off its products at CES this year. Mosqitter is an

Morphée triples down on your relaxation with the Zen

As a journalist and investor, I’m always a little suspicious of single-product, super-niche companies; there are just so many things that can go wrong, and one of the ways that direct-to-consume

This $199 laser pointer points out mosquitos without harming them

Mosquitos kill more people than any other creature in the world, and there’s no shortage of potential tech solutions. One such solution comes from Bzigo, which markets a device that finds mosqui

Frzr injects frosty, sub-zero air into your gaming laptop to eke out those extra frames per second

Line is a regular staple at CES, showing off its high-end milled-aluminium docking stations. This year, the company is back in Las Vegas with an accessory aimed squarely at the gamers among us. Line F

Your kids can get lost in Disney with these storytelling headphones

Some of my favorite childhood memories include being read to, and learning to read myself to get lost in a book. If you’ll forgive me the oldmanyellsatcloud.gif moment: It’s a grievous los

New pet tech at CES treats dogs and cats like the complex beings they are

There’s always fun tech for pet owners at CES, and 2022 is no different. But a handful of gadgets this year are taking care to treat dogs and cats not just as beloved furry friends but as intell

Effa’s tiny but tip-top team tools up for a tiff with trivial toothbrushes on their own turf

Travel, conferences, hotels, they all have something in common: Everything is designed to be used once, and then discarded. Of course, it would be delightful if everyone was able to not use single-use

Formant is solving the robotic Tower of Babel with a unified platform

If you’re building a SaaS company or a web app, you’re not going to roll your own analytics solution — it’s specialized work with lots of edge cases, rabbit holes and, for most

Tata’s seat squeals if your successors are sizzling in the seat in the sun

Italian startup Filo — better known in Europe for its Tile-like Bluetooth tracking devices — is showing off its shiny new product Tata Pad, a cushion that goes on top of a child seat, and

Homey brings a veil of privacy to the US smart home market

Take the ability to connect to nearly all smart home devices, mix in some smart rules and sprinkle on a raft of security features and you’ve got a pretty decent idea of what Homey offers. Instea

Meet Bob, a cute little dishwasher that saves water and zaps bacteria

As more and more people are wanting to leave a smaller footprint on the earth, many of us are living in smaller spaces. Daan Tech is a startup we found at CES 2022 that is taking a fresh new look at t
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