Jay Donovan

Jay Donovan

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Jay writes for TechCrunch and has been covering startups for the blog as a long-time freelancer since 2009. You can reach him at jay at techcrunch dot com.

The Latest from Jay Donovan

The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

This week I ended up with an advance copy of Influence Central’s new report called Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives. The report details the way kids are using technology

Jifiti’s new Messenger chatbot API will find you a gift even when you’re out of ideas

Jifiti, the startup attempting to reinvent digital gift-giving, announced this morning that their new chatbot API was approved by Facebook Messenger. It’s a big deal for the Columbus, OH startup, wh

Gifs.com launches a new tool to augment your animated gifs

The team who brought you gifyoutube.com is back. Having been part of gifs.com for a while, their new tool still lets you convert many video formats into gifs but adds a host of functions to your g

Plug the Fathom Neural Compute Stick into any USB device to make it smarter

Movidius has incorporated their Myriad 2 processor into a new USB device called the Fathom Neural Compute Stick. You can plug the Fathom into any USB-capable device and that device can begin to react

FLIR and Movidius create the smartest thermal camera out there

This morning FLIR Systems announced a new product—the Boson Thermal Core Camera. Regardless of product features, two things interest me about the launch of the Boson. One is the continued trend in m

CrossChx raises a $15 million Series C round from Khosla Ventures, Drive Capital and more

Healthcare identity startup CrossChx announced this morning that they raised a $15 million Series C financing round from Khosla Ventures, Drive Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, NCT Ventures and Moonshots

Klarna and Modo announce a new strategic partnership at Money20/20 Europe

Unicorn eCommerce startup Klarna and digital payments startup Modo announced a new strategic partnership this morning at Money20/20 Europe. Under the terms of this new partnership Modo will provide Kl

F6S launches VIP Alpha Card to give up to $20 billion in free services to top startup founders

F6S, the community and deal platform for startups, announces today that they are launching a new, invite-only membership for select startup founders. Dubbed the Alpha Card, membership includes VIP acc

Clarivoy’s offline advertising attribution model aims to help brands prioritize ad spend

As lucrative as they may be, I normally find ad tech/marketing tech companies to be pretty boring. However, Clarivoy's interesting concept catches my attention amidst a sea of marketing tech awash wit

YC-backed Perlstein Lab continues their rare disease drug discovery

Perlstein Lab, or PLab as it is also known, continues to hone its automated drug discovery platform and presents its latest iteration Wednesday March 23rd at Y Combinator Demo Day. The platform they c

Airmada poised to show their automated drone concept at Y Combinator Demo Day

During an afternoon call with me, Airmada CEO Dan Danay, outlined his autonomous drone product offering that he and co-founder Boris Lipchin are preparing for Y Combinator Demo Day next week. They

The Hotaru compact shower can reuse the same five gallons of water for two weeks

The Hotaru compact shower holds five gallons of water and, according to the co-founders, a family of three can each take a five-minute, daily shower using the same five gallons of water for up to two

Phonvert has a plan to convert old smartphones into IoT nodes

As humanity creates more and more smartphones each year there is an unintended glut of still capable yet less desirable one-year-old or two-year-old smartphones that take the backseat to new models. W

Wherefor lets you search for vacations based on how much you want to spend

As a travel enthusiast, it was a problem Ryan Wenger had often encountered: How can a person search for a flight and hotel based on the amount of money they want to spend rather than by destination on

Politically themed social network Roust launches iOS app

Launched last July as “a social network for connecting with others to discuss polarizing topics such as politics, religion and social issues,” Roust releases their first iOS app today to give mem

Augment raises over $3 million in series A funding from Salesforce Ventures

Augment, a Paris-based Augmented Reality (AR) startup announced this morning that they raised more than $3 million from Salesforce Ventures to further expand company operations and also specific integ

Tim Cook: A Backdoor Into The iPhone Would Be The ‘Software Equivalent Of Cancer’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has mounted the fiercest argument explaining why Apple is opposed to an FBI order to open the iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook.

Spotify Announces Google Cloud Platform Partnership

Spotify announced today on their news blog that they have selected Google Cloud Platform as an infrastructure partner for their popular music streaming service. Up until now, it appears Spotify has be

Epson Announces Moverio BT-300 Smart Glasses

Epson is showing off the new Moverio BT-300 today in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress 2016, the latest and most advanced member of their Smart Glasses family of products. Pre-production models a

Digital Payments Startup ModoPayments Raises $2 Million

Today, The Dallas Business Journal is reporting that ModoPayments completed a $2 Million funding round by a group of individual angels that includes Tim Keith, John Beletic, and Jay Kassing among othe
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