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HAX News

Hardware Trends 2017 Is Finally Out!
By popular demand, our annual release of the Hardware Trends 2017 is finally out (here with download link)! It’s been covered by TechCrunch, Forbes and others already. Enjoy 243 pages of bedside stories, while this time you could also check things out in a video format.

Female Perspective From Inside the Tech/VC World

Nobody Made Me Write This – A Female Perspective From Inside The Tech/VC World – By Kate Whitcomb
The recent news about Binary Capital seems like the icing on the cake of a year filled with similarly disappointing stories. Tech is a small world, and often the news mentions familiar faces and names in the tight-knit environment. Read more

Tencent

Benjamin Joffe Wrote A Few Posts On Forbes
1. Whether China’s digital society will clash with the West’s isn’t really relevant.
Read more
2. Amazon may lose the war for voice assistants in China before it begins.
Read more.
3. Why crowdfunding is still booming, especially for Chinese tech companies.
Read more.

INVESTMENT &CROWDFUNDING

Sequoia-Backed Makeblock (HAX A1) Is Said To Seek $60 Million
Makeblock Co., a DIY robotics maker backed by Sequoia Capital, is seeking to raise about $60 million in financing and has held early stage talks with SoftBank Group Corp., people familiar with the matter said. Makeblock is targeting a doubling of its valuation to $400 million in the series C round. Check it out here!

Particle Series B

Particle (HAX A2) Announces $20 Million Series B, Led By Spark Capital
Particle launched in 2013 to make things easier for people to build IoT productions.
Check it out here!

Lynq Seed Round

Location Technology Innovator Lynq (HAX G4) Closes $1.9 Million Seed Round
Lynq has announced that it has closed a $1.9 million seed round of funding led by New York Based venture fund Plus Eight Equity Partners. Check it out here!

Portfolio News

Petcube Bites Treat Camera

Petcube (HAX A3) Bites Treat Camera Lets You Monitor And Reward Your Pet From Afar
To celebrate the launch, Petcube is also doing some good with its newest hardware, by donating units to the San Francisco SPCA, as well as offer staff training and other resources including adoption kits for new pet owners. Check it out here!

Mistbox in CNET

Mistbox (HAX G2) Mini Sprinkler System Cools Down Your Tired AC Unit – Featured in CNET
Mistbox wants to make the warmest months of the year a bit more bearable with version 2.0 of its energy-saving smart device.
Check it out here!

Hackathon

How Hackathons Are Transforming China’s Tech Industry – MakeBlock Featured in SCMP
These machines, made of plastic, metal, and tubes, moves gracefully in a play yeard the size of two office tables.
Check it out here!

Forbes 30 Under 30 China

Tiantian Zhang of Vue (HAX G6) Team Named One of Forbes 30 Under 30 In China
Forbes China unveiled the 2017 edition of its annual “30 Under 30 China” list featuring 300 young innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.
Check it out here!

Two HAX Founders Are Among The MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35
1. Jan Kedzierski, CTO and cofounder of Flash Robotics (social robot for education) – in Polish
2. Antoine Noel, CEO of Japet (Bionics for back pain)

HAX Featured in Wired Documentary Series
Hit Wired documentary “Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware” passes 1M views! Check out the full documentary here.

What is the Future of Health
Learn more with “The Rise of Gen H” here.

HAX Event Series
Check out and register for any upcoming HAX Events here!

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