Jasra Inc: Digital Transformation & Strategy | Manoj Jasra http://jasrainc.com Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:26:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.31 Apple’s China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company http://jasrainc.com/apples-china-stance-makes-for-strange-political-alliances-as-aoc-and-ted-cruz-slam-the-company/ http://jasrainc.com/apples-china-stance-makes-for-strange-political-alliances-as-aoc-and-ted-cruz-slam-the-company/#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:26:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/apples-china-stance-makes-for-strange-political-alliances-as-aoc-and-ted-cruz-slam-the-company/ By Jonathan Shieber In a rare instance of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its decision to take down an app at the request of the Chinese government. Signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Ted […]

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By Jonathan Shieber

In a rare instance of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its decision to take down an app at the request of the Chinese government.

Signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Congressional Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mike Gallagher and Tom Malinowski, the letter was written to “express… strong concern about Apple’s censorship of apps, including a prominent app used by protestors in Hong Kong, at the request of the Chinese government.”

Tim Cook gets a letter from @RonWyden @SenTomCotton @marcorubio @AOC @tedcruz @RepGallagher & @Malinowski re: China censorship. pic.twitter.com/dJlEAlheMX

— Jessica Smith (@JessicaASmith8) October 18, 2019

In 2019, it seems the only things that can unite America’s clashing political factions are the decisions made by companies in one of its most powerful industries.

At the heart of the dispute is Apple’s decision to take down an app called HKMaps that was being used by citizens of the island territory to track police activity.

For several months protestors have been clashing …read more

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Catalan separatists have tooled up with a decentralized app for civil disobedience http://jasrainc.com/catalan-separatists-have-tooled-up-with-a-decentralized-app-for-civil-disobedience/ http://jasrainc.com/catalan-separatists-have-tooled-up-with-a-decentralized-app-for-civil-disobedience/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:48:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/catalan-separatists-have-tooled-up-with-a-decentralized-app-for-civil-disobedience/ By Natasha Lomas Is our age of ubiquitous smartphones and social media turning into an era of mass civil unrest? Two years after holding an independence referendum and unilaterally declaring independence in defiance of the Spanish state — then failing to gain recognition for la república and being forced to watch political leaders jailed or […]

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By Natasha Lomas
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Is our age of ubiquitous smartphones and social media turning into an era of mass civil unrest? Two years after holding an independence referendum and unilaterally declaring independence in defiance of the Spanish state — then failing to gain recognition for la república and being forced to watch political leaders jailed or exiled — Catalonia’s secessionist movement has resurfaced with a major splash.

One of the first protest actions programmed by a new online activist group, calling itself Tsunami Democràtic, saw thousands of protestors coalescing on Barcelona airport Monday, in an attempt to shut it down. The protest didn’t quite do that but it did lead to major disruption, with roads blocked by human traffic as protestors walked down the highway and the cancelation of more than 100 flights, plus hours of delays for travellers arriving into El Prat.

For months leading up to a major Supreme Court verdict on the fate of imprisoned Catalan political leaders a ‘technical elite‘ — as one local political science academic described them this week — has been preparing to reboot Catalonia’s independence movement by developing bespoke, decentralized high-tech protest tools.

A source with knowledge of Tsunami Democràtic, speaking to TechCrunch on condition of anonymity, …read more

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TruTag raises $7.5 million Series C for tiny, edible barcodes that can be placed on pills, food and vaping systems http://jasrainc.com/trutag-raises-7-5-million-series-c-for-tiny-edible-barcodes-that-can-be-placed-on-pills-food-and-vaping-systems/ http://jasrainc.com/trutag-raises-7-5-million-series-c-for-tiny-edible-barcodes-that-can-be-placed-on-pills-food-and-vaping-systems/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2019 07:38:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/trutag-raises-7-5-million-series-c-for-tiny-edible-barcodes-that-can-be-placed-on-pills-food-and-vaping-systems/ By Catherine Shu TruTag Technologies, a company that creates microscopic, edible barcodes to authenticate medications, food, vaping pods and other products, has raised a $7.5 million Series C. The funding, led by Pangaea Ventures and Happiness Capital, will be used to further commercialize its technology and develop new solutions. Along with earlier rounds, this brings […]

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By Catherine Shu
A high magnification of TruTag particles, each of is an edible “chip” that authenticates the product it is applied to.

TruTag Technologies, a company that creates microscopic, edible barcodes to authenticate medications, food, vaping pods and other products, has raised a $7.5 million Series C. The funding, led by Pangaea Ventures and Happiness Capital, will be used to further commercialize its technology and develop new solutions.

Along with earlier rounds, this brings TruTag’s total funding to $25 million. Its clients include PwC, which uses the company’s technology in its Food Trust Platform quality assurance program for Australian beef exports.

A high magnification of TruTag particles, each of is an edible “chip” that authenticates the product it is applied to.

Called TruTags, the company’s tiny barcodes are made out of nano-porous silica, a material that has received GRAS (generally recognized as safe) notice from the U.S Food and Drug Administration, and can be placed directly on products or in packaging to track it through the supply and logistics chain.

TruTags are used with hyperspectral imaging technology, which is able to process much more wavelengths than other imaging methods, so it can collect more precise and detailed data from an image. When scanned, the barcodes provide information about where a product was manufactured, lot numbers, authorized distributors and safe use.

In email, TruTag chief executive …read more

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Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for on-demand work spaces, raises $1.675 million in seed funding http://jasrainc.com/booqed-a-hong-kong-based-platform-for-on-demand-work-spaces-raises-1-675-million-in-seed-funding/ http://jasrainc.com/booqed-a-hong-kong-based-platform-for-on-demand-work-spaces-raises-1-675-million-in-seed-funding/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:47:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/booqed-a-hong-kong-based-platform-for-on-demand-work-spaces-raises-1-675-million-in-seed-funding/ By Catherine Shu Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for booking short-term work spaces, announced today that it has raised $1.675 million in seed funding. Participants included Colliers International, the commercial real-estate management company, Techstars and Lazard Korea. The company participated in Proptech Accelerator, the Toronto-based accelerator program for property and real estate startups run by […]

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By Catherine Shu

Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for booking short-term work spaces, announced today that it has raised $1.675 million in seed funding. Participants included Colliers International, the commercial real-estate management company, Techstars and Lazard Korea.

The company participated in Proptech Accelerator, the Toronto-based accelerator program for property and real estate startups run by Colliers and Techstars, in 2018.

Launched in September 2016, Booqed currently has 1,600 listings for spaces in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Singapore. It will use its seed round on product roll-outs, marketing and hiring. The platform differentiates from co-working spaces and companies like WeWork because its inventory consists of underused spaces in existing commercial properties, giving property owners and managers to way to make money instead of letting them sit empty.

Booking times can be as short as an hour or as long as several months, and listings include offices and meeting rooms, event spaces, retail stores and studios. Most of the startup’s customers are corporate clients that need to book venues or work spaces for traveling employees.

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True Balance raises $23M to bring its payments app to more small cities and towns in India http://jasrainc.com/true-balance-raises-23m-to-bring-its-payments-app-to-more-small-cities-and-towns-in-india/ http://jasrainc.com/true-balance-raises-23m-to-bring-its-payments-app-to-more-small-cities-and-towns-in-india/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:04:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/true-balance-raises-23m-to-bring-its-payments-app-to-more-small-cities-and-towns-in-india/ By Manish Singh South Korean startup True Balance, which operates an eponymous financial services app aimed at tens of millions of users in small cities and towns in India, has closed a new financing round as it looks to court more first time users in the world’s second largest internet market. True Balance said on […]

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By Manish Singh
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South Korean startup True Balance, which operates an eponymous financial services app aimed at tens of millions of users in small cities and towns in India, has closed a new financing round as it looks to court more first time users in the world’s second largest internet market.

True Balance said on Tuesday that it has raised $23 million in its Series C financing round from seven Korean investors — NH Investment & Securities, IBK Capital, D3 Jubilee Partners, SB Partners, Shinhan Capital, and existing partners IMM Investment, and HB Investment.

TechCrunch reported earlier this year that True Balance — which has raised $65 million to date including the $38 million that it closed in its previous financing round — was looking to raise as much as $70 million for this financing round.

True Balance began its life as a tool to help users easily find their mobile balance, or top up pre-pay mobile credit. But in its four-year journey, its ambition has significantly grown beyond that. Today, it serves as a digital wallet app that helps users pay their mobile and electricity bills, and offer credit to customers so that they can pay later for their digital purchases.

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Porsche has a new, cheaper version of the all-electric Taycan http://jasrainc.com/porsche-has-a-new-cheaper-version-of-the-all-electric-taycan/ http://jasrainc.com/porsche-has-a-new-cheaper-version-of-the-all-electric-taycan/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2019 07:01:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/porsche-has-a-new-cheaper-version-of-the-all-electric-taycan/ By Kirsten Korosec Porsche introduced Monday the Taycan 4S, a third version of its all-electric vehicle. The 4S, which will offer a performance battery plus option, looks like the Taycan that Porsche unveiled in September. And indeed, inside all of the Taycans, including the 4S, are the same chassis and suspension, permanent magnet synchronous motors […]

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By Kirsten Korosec

Porsche introduced Monday the Taycan 4S, a third version of its all-electric vehicle.

The 4S, which will offer a performance battery plus option, looks like the Taycan that Porsche unveiled in September. And indeed, inside all of the Taycans, including the 4S, are the same chassis and suspension, permanent magnet synchronous motors and other bits.

But this version is a little lighter, cheaper and a skosh slower than the high-end versions of the Taycan that were introduced just seven weeks ago.

Porsche has always said it would have multiple versions of the Taycan. In September, the German automaker showed what $1 billion of initial investment looks like with the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo — the more powerful and expensive versions of its all-electric four-door sports car with base prices of $185,000 and $150,900, respectively.

Meanwhile, the base version Porsche Taycan 4S is more than $80,000 cheaper than its leading model.

The 4S will be available with two battery sizes. The standard 4S starts at $103,800 and comes with a 79.2 kWh battery pack and a pair of electric motors that produce 429 horsepower (320 kW). With the launch control engaged, the horsepower jumps to 522.

Customers who opt for the performance battery …read more

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AI-based firefighter safety startup Prometeo wins IBM Call for Code Challenge http://jasrainc.com/ai-based-firefighter-safety-startup-prometeo-wins-ibm-call-for-code-challenge/ http://jasrainc.com/ai-based-firefighter-safety-startup-prometeo-wins-ibm-call-for-code-challenge/#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 01:00:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/ai-based-firefighter-safety-startup-prometeo-wins-ibm-call-for-code-challenge/ By Brian Heater During an event at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, IBM unveiled the winners to its annual Call for Code Global Challenge. The competition, which is targeted at computing solutions for global problems, crowned five winners, ranging from first responders to health care info. Prometeo took the top […]

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By Brian Heater

During an event at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, IBM unveiled the winners to its annual Call for Code Global Challenge. The competition, which is targeted at computing solutions for global problems, crowned five winners, ranging from first responders to health care info.

Prometeo took the top price for its Watson-based AI solution targeted at firefighters. The team, which is lead by a 33-year firefighting veteran, has developed a tool designed to monitor health and safety in the industry, both long term and in real-time. The Spanish startup developed a smartphone-sized device that straps onto the wearer’s arm to gauge things like temperature, smoke and humidity.

“If the color signal is green, the health of the firefighter is okay,” cofounder Salomé Valero explains on IBM’s site. “But if the color signal is yellow or red, the command center must do something. They must take immediate action in order to rescue or remove the firefighter from the fire.”

The team is working to roll out the device for testing in Spain, but is currently seeking funding for the project. The $200,000 prize from IBM ought to help out a bit.

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VC Brad Feld on WeWork, SoftBank, and why venture firms may have to slow down their pacing in 2020 http://jasrainc.com/vc-brad-feld-on-wework-softbank-and-why-venture-firms-may-have-to-slow-down-their-pacing-in-2020/ http://jasrainc.com/vc-brad-feld-on-wework-softbank-and-why-venture-firms-may-have-to-slow-down-their-pacing-in-2020/#comments Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:42:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/vc-brad-feld-on-wework-softbank-and-why-venture-firms-may-have-to-slow-down-their-pacing-in-2020/ By Connie Loizos Yesterday, we had a chance to talk with longtime venture investor Brad Feld of Foundry Group, whose book “Venture Deals” was recently republished for the fourth time, and for good reason. It’s a storehouse of knowledge, from how venture funds really work to term sheet terms, from negotiation tactics to how to […]

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By Connie Loizos

Yesterday, we had a chance to talk with longtime venture investor Brad Feld of Foundry Group, whose book “Venture Deals” was recently republished for the fourth time, and for good reason. It’s a storehouse of knowledge, from how venture funds really work to term sheet terms, from negotiation tactics to how to choose (and pay for) the right investment banker.

Feld was generous with his time and his advice to founders, many dozens of whom had dialed in, conference-call style. In fact, you can find a full transcript of our conversation right here if you’re a member of Extra Crunch.

In the meantime, we thought we’d highlight some of our favorite parts of the conversation. One of these touches on SoftBank, an organization that Feld knows a little better than many other investors. We also discussed what happened at WeWork and specifically the difference between a cult-like leader and a visionary — and why it’s not always clear right away whether a founder is one or the other. These excerpts have been edited for length and clarity.

TC: We were just talking about startups raising too much money, and speaking of which, you were involved with SoftBank long ago. Your …read more

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Apple pulls HKmap from App Store, the day after Chinese state media criticized its “unwise and reckless decision” to approve it http://jasrainc.com/apple-pulls-hkmap-from-app-store-the-day-after-chinese-state-media-criticized-its-unwise-and-reckless-decision-to-approve-it/ http://jasrainc.com/apple-pulls-hkmap-from-app-store-the-day-after-chinese-state-media-criticized-its-unwise-and-reckless-decision-to-approve-it/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2019 06:32:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/apple-pulls-hkmap-from-app-store-the-day-after-chinese-state-media-criticized-its-unwise-and-reckless-decision-to-approve-it/ By Catherine Shu Less than a day after Apple was criticized by Chinese state media for allowing HKmap in the App Store, the crowdsourced map app said it had been delisted. Its removal comes less than a week after Apple reversed its initial decision to reject the app, which provides information about the location of […]

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By Catherine Shu

Less than a day after Apple was criticized by Chinese state media for allowing HKmap in the App Store, the crowdsourced map app said it had been delisted. Its removal comes less than a week after Apple reversed its initial decision to reject the app, which provides information about the location of pro-democracy demonstrations, street closures and police activity (its website is still available).

After Apple allowed HKmap into the App Store, an article in the China Daily, a newspaper owned by the Communist Party of China, criticized the company, claiming that it enabled “rioters in Hong Kong to go on violent acts,” and adding that “Business is business, and politics is politics…Apple has to think about the consequences of its unwise and reckless decision.”

While the Chinese government has labeled protestors as violent, including through coordinated campaigns on social media, human rights groups like Amnesty International have documented multiple instances of police abuse against protestors.

HKmap’s creators tweeted the Apple claimed it endangered law enforcement and residents, and said they disagreed.

1. We disagree @Apple and @hkpoliceforce ‘s claim that HKmap App endanger law enforcement and residents …read more

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By Catherine Shu

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said it is reviewing the university’s relationship with SenseTime, one of eight Chinese tech companies placed on the U.S. Entity List yesterday for their alleged role in human rights abuses against Muslim minority groups in China.

A MIT spokesperson told Bloomberg that “MIT has long had a robust export controls function that pays careful attention to export control regulations and compliance. MIT will review all existing relationships with organizations added to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List, and modify any interactions, as necessary.”

A SenseTime representative told Bloomberg “We are deeply disappointed with this decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce. We will work closely with all relevant authorities to fully understand and resolve the situation.”

The companies placed on the blacklist included several of China’s top AI startups and companies that have supplied software to mass surveillance systems that may have been used by the Chinese government to persecute Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups.

Over one million Uyghurs are believed to currently be held in detention camps, where human rights observers report they have been subjected to forced labor and torture.

SenseTime, the world’s mostly highly-valued AI startup, provided …read more

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