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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Taking the pulse on the Northeast seed market with Techstars’ Kerty Levy

From 2021 to 2022, overall deal count in the Northeast was down around 25%. It might not be surprising, but it is quite stark.

AI scares the bejesus out of me

Welcome to this week's edition of Startups Weekly.

Pitch Deck Teardown: Faye’s $10M Series A deck

Here's a full teardown of Faye's 19-slide pitch deck with which it raised a $10 million Series A round.

On the internet, nobody knows you’re a bot

We may be so comprehensively copulated at this moment in time, that digging our way out might prove impossible. Brew a cup of coffee and take a breath; this isn't going to be pretty.

How to write the perfect cold email to investors

Yes, warm intros are the best way to approach investors and should ideally be your Plan A. But what if you can't get one of those?

Volition wants to be DigiKey for industrial parts

If you’re an electrical engineer, DigiKey, Octopart and Mouser are permanently etched into your browser history — all the components you might need, at your fingertips. Volition just raise

Well that’s one way to hire a new CEO

Welcome to Startups Weekly, with your shiny, newly minted host, yours sincerely. If you’ve seen my name on TechCrunch, it’s probably because of my popular Pitch Deck Teardown series, where I take

Nuwa Pen launches with misleading Kickstarter campaign

Back at CES in Las Vegas in January this year, I previewed the Nuwa Pen; a three-camera-containing ballpoint pen that promises to turn your scribbles into digital notes and then apply OCR and AI smart

Pitch Deck Teardown: Ageras’ $36M Private Equity deck

Today, we're looking at Ageras' pitch deck, which it used to raise a $35 million private equity round to further expand its relatively late-stage product portfolio.

To hire your first startup employee, begin with a list of 1,500 people

Your first hire as a startup is more like a fishing expedition, one made much harder because nobody has heard of you or your company yet.

Tangible wants to scale up construction decarbonization

The real estate industry is a bit of a greenhouse gas powerhouse, responsible for 40% of all global emissions. A quarter of that comes from building materials, and Tangible has had enough. The compan

This European startup is installing 50 traffic-counting sensors across San Francisco

Belgian startup Telraam designed a device that lets anyone point out of a window a camera-like device that uses on-board tech to count the number of road users. It is currently installing a network of

How to get warm introductions to investors

A vanishingly small number of investors will look at any pitch. For most investors, though, you'll need to get your foot in the door to be heard.

Pale Blue Dot continues investing in its climate vision, with a second $100M fund

Sweden-based VC fund Pale Blue Dot bounced onto the scene in 2020 with a €53 million fund to help climate-focused startups. This fund grew again by €34 million in April 2021, and after deploying i

Daily Crunch: For second consecutive quarter, millions of subscribers drop Disney+ Hotstar

Hello, friends, and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

Pitch Deck Teardown: Fibery’s $5.2M Series A deck

Fibery raised its round with a 15-slide deck and shared the whole thing with TechCrunch+. That'll give us a good idea of how it landed its $5.2 million investment.

Canon sidles up to vloggers with PowerShot V10

Who says compact cameras are dead? Well, the market does, actually; the mobile phone has all but killed off the category altogether, so it’s interesting to see Canon take another stab at the mar

Daily Crunch: OpenAI, Anthropic and Stability AI receive half of Sound Ventures’ $240M AI fund

Hello, friends, and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

Helion Energy will provide Microsoft with fusion power starting in 2028

Helion, the clean energy company with its eye firmly on the fusion prize, announced a couple of years ago that it had secured $2.2 billion of funding to help it develop cleaner, safer energy at a comm

With its planet-friendly protein, Farmless wants to dramatically outperform animal agriculture

Dutch startup Farmless has today announced that it has raised a €1.2 million pre-seed equity round at an undisclosed valuation to bring to our tables proteins created without the need for traditiona
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