Haje Jan Kamps

Haje is the CEO at LifeFolder – a company trying to encourage people to plan for end of life.

Haje started his career by doing a journalism degree, taking an oath never to work as a journalist, and then promptly breaking that oath by doing an awful lot of journalisting. And making up new words, such as ‘journalisting’.

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  • Meet Binky, the anti-social media simulator

    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 news, worse news and anxiety-fueling comment sections meant that social media is no longer the escapism it once was. Along comes Binky counter all of that, creating the ultimate anti-social… Read More

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

    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 war on with a completely revamped, 2.0 version of Vellum. Oh, and in the process, they’re adding support for making wood-pulp books, too. Fancy.  Read More

  • Your windows become powerful with SolarGaps

    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 us have walls with glass in them, however, and that’s the window of opportunity SolarGaps is reaching for, with a Kickstarter campaign for its solar panel window blinds. Read More

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

    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 million freshly minted dollars from a conglomerate of angel investors, the company is hoping to augment services like Booking.com, Hotels.com and TripAdvisor by adding a soupçon of… Read More

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

    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 is to sell you a one-way ticket to dongle hell. Then Homey comes along with its Indiegogo campaign to show the fruit giant how it’s done. Read More

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

    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 like Yelp, but instead of rating companies, you’re rating the people within the businesses. The San Francisco-based company wants to use these ratings to shake up both hiring… Read More

  • Kickstarter launches a ‘request for projects’ program

    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 crowdfunding site is highlighting what it thinks are opportunities in the coming year. It sends a signal to potential campaigns, hinting what Kickstarter will throw its not inconsiderable… Read More

  • PicoBrew blindsides Kickstarter backers with surprise stretch goal

    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 campaign — a whole new appliance. The PicoStill is a small still to make hard liquor from the beer you made with the PicoBrew C. I’m not sure these types of surprises are a… Read More

  • Why do airlines overbook their flights?

    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 sell more than 200 tickets?” It turns out there are excellent reasons for doing this, powered by money, efficiency and a whole lot of statistical analysis. Read More

  • Char.gy taps into lampposts to charge your electric car

    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 up becomes complicated enough that perhaps sticking to driving on squished dinosaurs makes sense for a while longer. Until Char.gy comes along, that is. Read More

  • Moodelizer helps add epic soundtracks to your video efforts

    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 amateur filmmakers, by letting you add a delightfully over-the-top soundtrack to the most mundane of tasks at the touch of a button. Read More

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

    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 few new tricks, too. What could possibly go wrong? Read More

  • Formlabs retires the Form 1+ printer

    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 speed and reliability. Following Formlabs’ $35 million raise last year, the company has focused its attention on its more professional-grade Form 2 printer instead. Read More

  • Japanese Kendama game gets a digital upgrade and a Kickstarter campaign

    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 Dendama, add a boat-load of electronics, invent a slew of multiplayer games and launch a Kickstarter campaign, of course. Read More

  • Gobi raises $500K to take on Snapchat

    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 can share photos and videos that stay around for three days before vanishing into digital pixel-dust. Read More

  • New Internationalist magazine turns to crowdfunding to secure independence

    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 from owners and advertisers. To that end, 44-year-old magazine New Internationalist is turning to its readers in a “community share offer” in a bid for sustained independence. Read More

  • Gaming/learning platform Kahoot! hits 1B players

    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 players moving through its platform over the past four years. Read More

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

    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 could reach for Discors. The startup recently announced it’s adding The New York Times and the Financial Times to its $4.99 per month subscription model. Read More

  • Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

    Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

    When Apple decided to strip its flagship phones of the headphone jack, certain people were angry. Those relying on the headphone jack for non-music things were grumpy, but so were those of us who had recently dropped hundreds of dollars on new, high-end headphones. Jack — a Kickstarter campaign in its final hours — offers reprieve to both groups. Read More

  • AARP dangles $10K prize in front of startups to help aging population

    AARP dangles $10K prize in front of startups to help aging population

    An impetuous 20-something year old team of startup founders may not automatically reach out to the AARP to bring its products to market. Ignoring the aging population isn’t the sharpest move, however. With its Innovation Champion Award, AARP wants to highlight that those over 50 have sacks of disposable cash and aren’t afraid to spend it — as long as the value is there. Read More

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