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It’s Official: SweetLabs to Open Another Office in Shanghai

By | Jul 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

SweetLabs has raised huge amounts of capital, they’ve established a strong base in San Diego, and their employees absolutely love the company culture that CEO Darrius Thompson et al have cultivated. What could they possibly do to be even better? It’s a simple answer…

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Lessons for Startups from the Success of WeChat in China

By | Jul 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

When teenagers in China want to exchange contact information, they do so using WeChat accounts. By the end of 2014, the total number of users of the mobile text and voice messaging app by Chinese Internet giant, Tencent, will reach 500 million. What originated…



Short-Throw Projection Technology That’s Perfect for Head-Up Displays

By | Feb 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

At this year’s International CES, China-based QP Optoelectronics Co. Ltd demoed its short-throw pico projection technology. These pico/pocket projectors began showing up in late-2008/early-2009 and have rapidly become important alternatives in an industry traditionally dominated by large projection devices. While pico projectors can certainly be used…



Arden Reed is Making Custom Suiting Simple and Affordable

By | Apr 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

Custom menswear brand Arden Reed was founded in 2008 by Mike Abadi and Carlos Solorio. After leaving their investment banking jobs in New York, the two turned to Kickstarter and launched the company last year. They ended up raising over five times their original…



HEX3: Augmented reality first person shooter and pinpoint accurate digital drawing

By | Feb 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

You’re no stranger to digital peripherals. You’ve likely used a mouse, keyboard, touchpad, or touchscreen plenty of times. You’ve also likely played at least one mobile game or tried to draw something digitally. But did you ever feel limited in your interactions? Maybe mobile gaming or digital drawing…



Bundshop Chinese Designs Put a New Spin on “Made in China”

By | Nov 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Bundshop’s tagline is “the new made in China.” Many Westerners associate China with lower-level, assembly-line factory work. But a group of American-born Chinese, who saw tons of creativity on their trips back East, wanted to change this. So they took a roadtrip across China….



Passionate Chinese Game Developers Eager to Go Global

By | Nov 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I’m at a coffee shop in Wudaokou, the university area of Beijing, and I must look a bit absurd as I thrust my head from side to side, laughing. I’m actually playing a new iOS game called Crows Coming from a game developer called…



MingJian Vying to Be the Consumer Reports of China

By | Nov 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

In 2008, contaminated milk in China hospitalized almost 1,000 babies, sparking fears among Beijing Olympics tourists and importers of Chinese dairy products. With government regulations still developing, many parents are left wondering whether their children’s products are safe. But Shanghai startup MingJian wants to…