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Haje Jan Kamps


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Past articles by Haje:

This VC firm uses personality tests and AI to find its next investments

Investors are throwing money at AI startups, so it's no wonder we're starting to see them leaning on the tech to save their most precious resource: Time. → Read More

Sourcetable raises $3M, claiming the future of spreadsheets is spreadsheets

Spreadsheets. They’re probably not what you’d call the most exciting piece of software going; it seems like a third of all startup pitches has “spreadsheets” in the “look how ridiculous, this is how how people solve this problem now” part of the narrative. It can’t be denied that they’re the workhorse of the corporate world, […] → Read More

IP for startups: It starts with strategy

If your IP is stopping a big company from doing what it wants, that could, in itself, be a good enough reason for acquiring you. → Read More

Wildfire detection startup Pano extends its $20M series A with another $17M

Not all use cases for AI make sense, but Pano AI makes a life-saving contribution in the “yes” column. Just last week, the company was able to send early warnings of the Kutch Fire, that broke out near Kutch Mountain in Yamhill County, Oregon. The company showed me how it was able to detect and […] → Read More

So, how are Europe’s startups doing?

I’ve been keeping an eye on the European startup ecosystem since well before I moved to the U.S., and this week’s report from Creandum about the state of venture investing in Europe gave me pause. → Read More

Pitch Deck Teardown: Nokod Security’s $8M seed deck

Here's a peek under the hood of the pitch deck that Nokod Security used to raise its $8M seed round. → Read More

Europe is more of a fuzzy tech cloud than a functioning ecosystem

The European startup scene is growing, but even after a couple of decades of trying to make ecosystems thrive, Europe appears to be spinning its wheels. → Read More

This sex toy company uses ChatGPT to whisper sweet, customizable fantasies at you

It was only a question of time, I suppose, before someone made a generative AI that can whisper sweet, sweet obscenities at you. Lovense – perhaps best known for its remote-controllable sex toys – this week announced its ChatGPT Pleasure Companion. The company’s newest innovation in sex tech is to do what everyone else seems […] → Read More

Yes, investors will sign an NDA, but only in this specific circumstance

If you’ve tried to get an investor to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before you pitch them, you’ll often be waved off with something like “We don’t do that.” → Read More

Are corporations too influential?

This week, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how some of the biggest companies in the world have as much — if not more — power than entire countries. → Read More

Pitch Deck Teardown: Super.com's $60M Series C deck

It's hard to choose from all the stuff that works in this deck because the Super.com team really knocked it out of the park. → Read More

When companies have more influence than countries

Should enormous companies of the world be run more like countries? Or should countries be run more like companies? → Read More

The quest for better AI recommendation engines

Rubber Ducky Labs, a San Francisco-based startup, is looking to make it easier for teams to debug, analyze and improve their recommendation systems. → Read More

Flipper hacking device on track to make $80 million worth of sales

Flipper Zero is a "portable gamified multi-tool" for anyone with an interest in cybersecurity, whether as a penetration tester, curious nerd or student, or with more nefarious purposes. → Read More

When AI bots pose as humans

Welcome to Startups Weekly. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Friday afternoon. This week, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the implications of artificial intelligence. One of the most fragile parts of the puzzle is the training data. We already know that you can see if your images were […] → Read More

Reddit vs Redditors and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast, I’m stepping in for the podcast’s usual host Darrell, and taking a closer look at what’s happening at Reddit. The popular social media company seems to be hell-bent on alienating as much of its user base as possible after introducing a policy that significantly increases the price of access […] → Read More

Planeteer launches new pre-seed and seed-stage climate fund

Sophie Purdom is an experienced early-stage climate investor, with investments in Remora, WeaveGrid, Amogy, Sinai, and Patch under her belt. Today, she announced Planeteer Capital, focusing on startups that want to work on challenges related to climate change. The firm won’t comment how big the fund will be, but suggests it had a first close […] → Read More

Falling into these 3 traps means you will never raise VC funding

If everything seems to be going well, but you're not getting any traction, it's probably because you've run into one of these three problems. → Read More

We should all be worried about AI infiltrating crowdsourced work

The old computing adage of "garbage in, garbage out" still stands. If you can't trust the training data, you can't trust the output. → Read More

Here’s why it’s scary that investors believe they can monetize the climate crisis

The event horizon for when we can expect to end up in (literal) hot water when it comes to climate has come a lot closer. You wanna know how close? The climate deadline is close enough that it is interesting to VCs again. VC is an asset class with a 10-year cycle. In other words: Some of the most powerful money people believe they will see a return on their investments in the next 10 years. In a… → Read More