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Y Combinator, Tim Cook Back Nebia, A Shower That Uses 70% Less Water

nebia-head As a health spa owner in Mexico City, Carlos Gomez Andonaegui often fretted about the cost of water. Mexico’s capital city, with more than 20 million people in the metropolitan region, sits at an altitude of more than 7,000 feet in the heart of the country where it is near no major natural water sources. Two enormous systems dating back to the 1940s and 1970s elevate water by more… Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

August 11th

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Smartspot, Which Brings Computer Vision To Gyms And Trainers, Raises $1.85M From Khosla, Signalfire

smartspot-moawia Moawia Eldeeb has one of the more unfathomable and inspiring stories I’ve ever come across while working in Silicon Valley. He was born to a farming family in Egypt and then made his way to Queens as a child where he earned $20 a day working in a pizza shop. He was in and out school for years, then caught up on Khan Academy and then later made it into Columbia University’s… Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

June 30th

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Smartspot’s Tale: From A Farm In Egypt To Building A YC Computer Vision Startup For Fitness

smartspot-moawia Moawia Eldeeb grew up with his family on a village farm bordering the Nile, growing rice in the summers and vegetables in the winters. It was the way things had been for years, decades even. But when Eldeeb’s brother was born with a rare genetic condition called ectodermal dysplasia, everything changed immediately. Because of the condition, Eldeeb’s infant brother couldn’t sweat. Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

March 23rd

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YC-Backed Nomiku, Maker of An Affordable Sous Vide Machine, Gets Into Software With Tender App

5_BiRiteDelivery_CompoundButter_Steak As I’ve written before, the backstory behind YC-backed Nomiku will give you a sweet tooth. Both literally and figuratively. Girl meets boy. They fall in love. They start teaching DIY classes on building hardware for the kitchen. BOOM. Hardware startup. (Actually, it’s never that simple.) But in any case, Nomiku has come a long way in a year. The company, which makes the… Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

March 11th

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SureMote Turns Your Android Phone Into A Remote For Any Wi-Fi Connected Device At Home

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 5.13.39 PM I don’t think I’ve used a remote control in a year. Perhaps several years. They’re cheap. They get lost easily and sometimes you end up with ten of them. But an Israeli company called Tekoia is trying to consolidate those devices through an app called SureMote that links to Wifi-connected home appliances. The new version of the app uses the infrared blaster on newer… Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

October 4th

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Hello, Maker of Sense, Nabs The Technical Head Of The Google Nexus Phone Program

Sense app on smartphone Hello, the startup that smashed its Kickstarter goals by raising $2.4 million for an elegant, spherical sleep sensor called Sense, just poached Scott Bartlett, the technical lead behind Google’s Nexus phone program to be its director of hardware. Notably, Bartlett was one of the people behind the Nexus Q, the failed media player from Google that ended up being a source of design… Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

September 16th

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Misfit Wearables Launches The Flash, A More Affordable Fitness And Sleep Tracker

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 1.41.52 PM Misfit Wearables, which has sold roughly 600,000 metallic, quarter-sized activity trackers or Shines, has launched a more affordable fitness wearable called the Flash. The company, which was co-founded by an extremely experienced hardware CEO Sonny Vu and former Apple CEO John Sculley, has been building beautifully designed wearables in the health space. Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

September 16th

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Lean Hardware Strategy Lets Kickstarter Breakout Nomiku ‘In-Shore’ Manufacturing Back To The U.S.

nomiku-2 In the 1980s, Silicon Valley’s hardware elite began outsourcing much of the semiconductor and hardware manufacturing work that gave the region its name to Asia. But now that the economics of hardware startups have fundamentally changed with new ways to test consumer interest and get feedback through platforms like Kickstarter, some startups are finding that it’s easier to build… Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

August 19th

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Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Sensor, The Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

sense_hand_charcoal_lit When I first took a look at the Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to… Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

July 23rd

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Nest’s Fadell Backs Smart Garden Sensor Edyn As It Moves Past Kickstarter Goals

edyn-app A month ago, I wrote about an Internet of Things soil sensor called Edyn that tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture data for gardeners. The company, which first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last year, beat their initial $100,000 goal for a first production run on Kickstarter. They’ve got close to $300,000 from backers including Nest co-founder Tony Fadell… Read More

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Kim-Mai Cutler

July 2nd

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