Haje Jan Kamps

Haje Jan Kamps Contributor Share on Twitter 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. More posts by this contributor How to understand the financial levers in your business Meet Binky, the anti-social media simulator

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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How to understand the financial levers in your business

Haje Jan Kamps Contributor Share on Twitter 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 writ

Apple is an exception to nearly every rule

Haje Jan Kamps Contributor Share on Twitter 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 writ

Meet Binky, the anti-social media simulator

Something happened to social media recently. I don't know exactly when things changed, but almost overnight, randomly scrolling through feeds became a lot less enjoyable. Flame-wars, bad news, fake ne

Brand new Vellum picks a fight for prettier (e)books

E-books are a lot of things. Convenient. Good for the environment. Usually cheaper than printed books. One thing they're rarely accused of is being good-looking. Ugly books is what 180g is declaring w

Your windows become powerful with SolarGaps

If you're about to replace your roof, Tesla has you covered, but roofs have a long life span, and besides, not all of us have the luxury/misery of having a roof to replace in the first place. Most of

Peer-to-peer travel agency TRVL raises $2.7M to crowd-ify travel planning

Through Lyft and Uber, the sharing economy has taken a charge at cabs. Airbnb is making hotels palpitate in their pants. If TRVL has its way, it's the travel agencies' turn to tremble. Armed with 2.7

Homey’s PowerUp is the MacBook charger Apple should have made

Trust Apple to be courageous enough to strip away all the old-fashioned USB ports. And trust the rest of us to realize that 90 percent of our peripherals still run on the old standard. Apple's retort

Completed wants to take on LinkedIn with a Yelp-style rating model

If Black Mirror is anything to go by, rating everyone around you isn't always a great idea, but Completed wants to make it easier to rate and rank the business professionals around you. It's kind of l

Kickstarter launches a ‘request for projects’ program

You can't be hanging around in the world of crowdfunding for as long as Kickstarter without spotting a few trends here and there. Taking a leaf out of Y Combinator's Request for Startups, the crowdfun

PicoBrew blindsides Kickstarter backers with surprise stretch goal

PicoBrew has been making beer brewing easy for a while. The company's current Kickstarter campaign has been running for a couple of weeks. Today, the company announced a surprise upgrade option to its

Why do airlines overbook their flights?

We've all been there: You turn up to the gate and there are more passengers than there are seats on the plane. You wouldn't be the first person to think, "If you only have 200 seats, why would you sel

Char.gy taps into lampposts to charge your electric car

If you have a garage with a power socket, an electric car makes an awful lot of sense. If you park on the street, however, the infrastructural challenge of keeping your electron-powered vehicle topped

Moodelizer helps add epic soundtracks to your video efforts

When it comes to video, the audio is pretty damn important. Hell, they even give out some sort of award for them on occasion. Moodelizer wants to put the power of suitable soundtracks in the hands of

Wanna hack your car? Macchina is a plug-and-vroom solution

You can hack your IKEA furniture to be more awesome. You can hack video games to make your fellow gamers hate your guts. And with the help of Macchina -- now on Kickstarter -- you can teach your car a

Formlabs retires the Form 1+ printer

Formlabs' Form 1 Kickstarter project was the first stereo lithography printer that ended up on peoples' radars. Its successor, the Form 1+, looked identical but had upgraded internals for increased sp

Japanese Kendama game gets a digital upgrade and a Kickstarter campaign

Like all good games, Kendama is easy-ish to learn and frustrating as all ever-loving £%&*@£^% to master. What's a poor entrepreneur to do when a game hasn't changed for 400 years? Rename it Dend

Gobi raises $500K to take on Snapchat

Norwegian startup Gobi raised $500,000 at a $15 million valuation to take on Snapchat with its "Stories" communication tool. The platform enables users to create public and private groups where users

New Internationalist magazine turns to crowdfunding to secure independence

There can be little doubt that journalism and media is under a bit of an onslaught at the moment. The desire to deliver independent, trustworthy news runs deep, but can often be at odds with pressures

Gaming/learning platform Kahoot! hits 1B players

In its ongoing mission to make learning great again, Kahoot! today hit a number of stats few companies can brag about: The company celebrates 40 million monthly active users and a total of 1 billion p

Discors piles new publishers into its pay-once-read-everything service

News outlets are having the time of their lives as people are flocking in to subscribe, but what if you want to read more than one news outlet? You could keep a giant stack of subscriptions, or you co
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