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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Apple’s AR headset is a game-changer for startups

Even with its hefty price tag, the Apple Vision Pro is still a killer device. Startups should pay attention.

Incube wants to bring ‘daylight’ to apartment buildings

For anyone designing an office space or learning environment, there’s lots of available research on the best types of lighting setups to help with concentration and productivity in conjunction with

Binder maker For Them is launching community for queer and trans folks

Meeting the needs, practical and emotional, of the queer, trans and nonbinary community is both sensitive and pressing. This is something that For Them, a genderqueer wellness company founded by Kylo

To reduce motion sickness in VR, Apple developed the new R1 chip

At WWDC today, Apple showed off its Vision Pro VR/AR headset. The device is powered by the company’s own M2 chip, but in order to do the real-time processing from the company’s wall of sen

Apple Watch can now tell you where you last had cell coverage

At WWDC today, Apple revealed that watchOS 10 is introducing a slew of new features — including some potentially lifesaving tools for athletes both professional and, well, not. One of the more inte

Apple commits to mental health with tracking on Watch and iPhone

For those of us struggling with mental health, Apple has had an obvious gap in its lineup: mood tracking and figuring out what the correlation is between your depression and anxiety and other metrics,

Wine snobs all over California cry into their Cab Sav as Apple launches new OS

Apple released its new Mac OS operating system, naming it Sonoma, after the well-known wine region just north of Apple’s home in Silicon Valley: Sonoma. Apple debuts macOS 14 Sonoma “When

Apple surprise-launches new Mac Pro with Apple Silicon

At Apple’s WWDC 2023 event today (see our full coverage), the company surprised fans with a brand new Apple Silicon-powered desktop and rack-mounted Mac Pro workstation. It’s the last of t

Pitch Deck Teardown: Oii.ai’s $1.9M seed deck

Here's a deep dive into the slide deck that Oii.ai used to raise its $1.8 million seed round, highlighting what it got right and what it didn't.

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
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