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.

The Latest from Haje Jan Kamps

What’s missing from Guy Kawasaki’s 10-slide deck

A year ago, the average successful slide deck contained 19 slides. Today, the average slide deck contains 16 topics. So, should founders still be striving to shorten their decks even more?

The 7 best ways to lose money as an angel investor

Investing at the earliest stages of a company is a high-risk activity, even with perfect information and context.

This startup has 12 co-founders

For the most part, founding teams are small, tight and have a unified vision as to where they’re going.

iPhone 15 Pro Max gets 5x optical telephoto lens and other treats for photo lovers

At Apple’s event today, the phone maker showed off its new iPhone 15 Pro Max, with its flagship camera capabilities. Sure, Pixel owners might giggle to themselves, muttering something about how

Apple ditches the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C after exactly 11 years

On September 12, 2012, Apple said farewell to its clunky 15-pin connector and brought in a sleek, smooth, reversible 8-pin connector called the Lightning plug. It served the Apple ecosystem well, with

Apple saves a cow, reduces carbon by nixing leather in all future products

At its Apple Event today, the company announced that it can no longer stomach the carbon footprint of leather in its products.

When scaring us is great for business

Welcome to Startups Weekly. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Friday. All right, all right, all right. Over the past few days, I’ve been listening to Matthew McConaughey’s memoir Greenlig

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

Decks for education-based startups are pretty rare. Here's how Tomorrow University landed that $10 million.

The perils of the platforms of paranoia

Nextdoor has become ground zero for the spread of many rumors, hoaxes and unfounded allegations.

Mindtrip wants to become your AI travel agent

Once upon a time, we used to use travel agents to book our flights, book our hotels and maybe even make recommendations about things to do and places to eat while you were away. But then along came th

As a founder, how do you address climate change?

Welcome to Startups Weekly. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Friday. It’s sometimes hard to remember that, as a startup founder, you have influence over aspects of your business that you w

Pitch Deck Teardown: Tanbii’s $1.5M pre-seed deck

About a year ago, I tore down a pitch deck by Mi Terro, founded by Robert Luo. Guess who’s back with another company? Luo has raised $1.5 million for Tanbii from a Hong Kong family office. In ge

All products are garbage, and for good reason

The spirit animal of capitalism is bamboo: Hyper growth above everything.

That 30-slide deck won’t cut it anymore

Founders are ditching the narratives around purpose, problem and solutions.

Steve Blank: AI will revolutionize the ‘lean startup’

Entrepreneur Steve Blank says we’re collectively underestimating the potential of generative AI.

Never express your ‘use of funds’ slide as percentages

Early-stage companies need to paint a compelling picture for another round of funding. That’s where startups often fall down. Here’s how to fix that.

How founders raised money so far in 2023

Welcome to Startups Weekly. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Friday. This week, DocSend dropped a big load of statistics about the VC activity over the past half year or so. For TC+, I did a

Pitch Deck Teardown: BusRight’s $7M Series A deck

BusRight's pitch deck is well-designed and full of careful touches.

5 trends in VC funding for pre-seed startups

Compared to H1 2022, so far this year, VCs are spending 12% less time poring over pitch decks, but founders haven’t slowed down: 16% more decks were sent out.

IP for startups: When (not) to patent your inventions

Hiring patent counsel is a critical step for inventors seeking to secure and maintain patent protection for their inventions.
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