Jasra Inc: Digital Transformation & Strategy | Manoj Jasra http://jasrainc.com Thu, 22 Aug 2019 23:29:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.29 Silicone 3D printing startup Spectroplast spins out of ETHZ with $1.5M http://jasrainc.com/silicone-3d-printing-startup-spectroplast-spins-out-of-ethz-with-1-5m/ http://jasrainc.com/silicone-3d-printing-startup-spectroplast-spins-out-of-ethz-with-1-5m/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2019 23:29:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/silicone-3d-printing-startup-spectroplast-spins-out-of-ethz-with-1-5m/ By Devin Coldewey 3D printing has become commonplace in the hardware industry, but because few materials can be used for it easily, the process rarely results in final products. A Swiss startup called Spectroplast hopes to change that with a technique for printing using silicone, opening up all kinds of applications in medicine, robotics and […]

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By Devin Coldewey
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3D printing has become commonplace in the hardware industry, but because few materials can be used for it easily, the process rarely results in final products. A Swiss startup called Spectroplast hopes to change that with a technique for printing using silicone, opening up all kinds of applications in medicine, robotics and beyond.

Silicone is not very bioreactive, and of course can be made into just about any shape while retaining strength and flexibility. But the process for doing so is generally injection molding, great for mass-producing lots of identical items but not so great when you need a custom job.

And it’s custom jobs that ETH Zurich’s Manuel Schaffner and Petar Stefanov have in mind. Hearts, for instance, are largely similar but the details differ, and if you were going to get a valve replaced, you’d probably prefer yours made to order rather than straight off the shelf.

“Replacement valves currently used are circular, but do not exactly match the shape of the aorta, which is different for each patient,” said Schaffner in a university news release. Not only that, but they may be a mixture of materials, some of which the body may reject.

But with a precise MRI the …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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ThredUp, whose second-hand goods will start appearing at Macy’s and JCPenney, just raised a bundle http://jasrainc.com/thredup-whose-second-hand-goods-will-start-appearing-at-macys-and-jcpenney-just-raised-a-bundle/ http://jasrainc.com/thredup-whose-second-hand-goods-will-start-appearing-at-macys-and-jcpenney-just-raised-a-bundle/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:08:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/thredup-whose-second-hand-goods-will-start-appearing-at-macys-and-jcpenney-just-raised-a-bundle/ By Connie Loizos ThredUp, the 10-year-old fashion resale marketplace, has a lot of big news to boast about lately. For starters, the company just closed on $100 million in fresh funding from an investor syndicate that includes Park West Asset Management, Irving Investors and earlier backers Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Upfront Ventures, Highland Capital Partners […]

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By Connie Loizos

ThredUp, the 10-year-old fashion resale marketplace, has a lot of big news to boast about lately. For starters, the company just closed on $100 million in fresh funding from an investor syndicate that includes Park West Asset Management, Irving Investors and earlier backers Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Upfront Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Redpoint Ventures.

The round brings ThredUP’s total capital raised to more than $300 million, including a previously undisclosed $75 million investment that it sewed up last year.

A potentially even bigger deal for the company is a new resale platform that both Macy’s and JCPenney are beginning to test out, wherein ThedUp will be sending the stores clothing that they will process through their own point-of-sale systems, while trying to up-sell customers on jewelry, shoes, and other accessories.

It says a lot that traditional retailers are coming to see gently used items as a potential revenue stream for themselves, and little wonder given the size of the resale market, estimated to be a $24 billion market currently and projected to become a $51 billion market by 2023.

We talked yesterday with ThredUp founder and CEO James Reinhart to learn more about its tie-up with the two brands and to …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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Xiaomi launches Mi A3 Android One smartphone with 48MP rear camera in India for $181 http://jasrainc.com/xiaomi-launches-mi-a3-android-one-smartphone-with-48mp-rear-camera-in-india-for-181/ http://jasrainc.com/xiaomi-launches-mi-a3-android-one-smartphone-with-48mp-rear-camera-in-india-for-181/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:22:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/xiaomi-launches-mi-a3-android-one-smartphone-with-48mp-rear-camera-in-india-for-181/ By Manish Singh Google has found a committed Android One partner in Xiaomi. The Chinese electronics giant today announced the launch of the Mi A3, an Android One smartphone, in India as the company looks to expand its handset offering in its most important market. The Mi A3, the third Android One handset from Xiaomi, […]

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By Manish Singh
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Google has found a committed Android One partner in Xiaomi. The Chinese electronics giant today announced the launch of the Mi A3, an Android One smartphone, in India as the company looks to expand its handset offering in its most important market.

The Mi A3, the third Android One handset from Xiaomi, features mid to high-end hardware modules at an affordable price point. It sports a 6.088-inch HD+ (1560X720 pixels) AMOLED display, a trio of 48MP, 8MP and 2MP camera sensors on the back to take detailed and sharp photos, and a 32MP selfie shooter.

The Mi A3 comes in two variants: one that bundles 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage that is priced at Rs 12,999 ($181). The second variant, which features 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, is priced at Rs 15,999 ($223). Both of them are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor.

A lot about Android One’s future is riding on the Mi A3, which was first unveiled by Xiaomi in Spain last month. Xiaomi said the Mi A1 and Mi A2 handsets that it launched in last two years remain the most popular Android One handsets. For Android One, phone vendors work closely with Google to get faster …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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States to launch antitrust investigation into big tech companies, reports say http://jasrainc.com/states-to-launch-antitrust-investigation-into-big-tech-companies-reports-say/ http://jasrainc.com/states-to-launch-antitrust-investigation-into-big-tech-companies-reports-say/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:05:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/states-to-launch-antitrust-investigation-into-big-tech-companies-reports-say/ By Manish Singh The state attorneys in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the tech giants, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported Monday, putting the spotlight on an industry that is already facing federal scrutiny. The bipartisan group of attorneys from as many as […]

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By Manish Singh

The state attorneys in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the tech giants, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported Monday, putting the spotlight on an industry that is already facing federal scrutiny.

The bipartisan group of attorneys from as many as 20 states is expected to formally launch a probe as soon as next month to assess whether tech companies are using their dominant market position to hurt competition, WSJ reported.

If true, the move follows the Department of Justice, which last month announced its own antitrust review of how online platforms scaled to their gigantic sizes and whether they are using their power to curb competition and stifle innovation. Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission formed a task force to monitor competition among tech platforms.

It won’t be unprecedented for a group of states to look at a technology giant. In 1998, 20 states joined the Justice Department in suing Microsoft . The states could play a key role in building evidence and garnering public support for major investigations.

Because the tentacles of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and <a target=_blank href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/apple" target="_blank" …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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RedDoorz raises $70M to expand its budget hotel network in Southeast Asia http://jasrainc.com/reddoorz-raises-70m-to-expand-its-budget-hotel-network-in-southeast-asia/ http://jasrainc.com/reddoorz-raises-70m-to-expand-its-budget-hotel-network-in-southeast-asia/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2019 02:23:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/reddoorz-raises-70m-to-expand-its-budget-hotel-network-in-southeast-asia/ By Manish Singh Singapore-based budget hotel booking startup RedDoorz is tiny in comparison to fast-growing giant Oyo. But it is holding its ground and winning the trust of an ever growing number of investors. On Monday, the four-year-old startup announced it has raised $70 million in Series C financing round, less than five months after […]

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By Manish Singh

Singapore-based budget hotel booking startup RedDoorz is tiny in comparison to fast-growing giant Oyo. But it is holding its ground and winning the trust of an ever growing number of investors.

On Monday, the four-year-old startup announced it has raised $70 million in Series C financing round, less than five months after it closed its $45 million Series B. The new round, which is ongoing, was led by Asia Partners and saw participation from new investors Rakuten Capital and Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Fund.

The startup, which has raised $140 million to date, has been seeing “tremendous interest from investors, so it is decided to do a back-to-back rounds,” said Amit Saberwal, founder and CEO of RedDoorz, in an interview with TechCrunch.

Regardless, the new funds will help RedDoorz fight SoftBank-backed Oyo, which is already aggressively expanding to new markets. Oyo currently operates in more than 80 nations.

Saberwal isn’t necessarily threatened by Oyo, on the contrary, he sees Oyo’s success as a testament that there is room for more players to be in the space. He is confident that RedDoorz is “on the right track to create the next tech unicorn in Southeast Asia,” and trade in public exchange in the …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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NASA and SpaceX practice Crew Dragon evacuation procedure with astronaut recovery vessel http://jasrainc.com/nasa-and-spacex-practice-crew-dragon-evacuation-procedure-with-astronaut-recovery-vessel/ http://jasrainc.com/nasa-and-spacex-practice-crew-dragon-evacuation-procedure-with-astronaut-recovery-vessel/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:25:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/nasa-and-spacex-practice-crew-dragon-evacuation-procedure-with-astronaut-recovery-vessel/ By Darrell Etherington NASA and SpaceX continue their joint preparations for the eventually astronaut crew missions that SpaceX will fly for the agency, with a test of the emergency evacuation procedure for SpaceX’s GO Searcher seaborne ship. The ship is intended to be used to recover spacecraft and astronauts in an actual mission scenario, and […]

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By Darrell Etherington

NASA and SpaceX continue their joint preparations for the eventually astronaut crew missions that SpaceX will fly for the agency, with a test of the emergency evacuation procedure for SpaceX’s GO Searcher seaborne ship. The ship is intended to be used to recover spacecraft and astronauts in an actual mission scenario, and the rehearsals this week are a key part of ensuring mission readiness before an actual crewed SpaceX mission.

Photos from the dress rehearsal, which is the first coordinated end-to-end practice run involving the full NASA and SpaceX mission teams working in concert, saw NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken don SpaceX’s fancy new crew suits and mimic a situation where they needed to be removed from the returned Crew Dragon spacecraft and taken to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from the GO Searcher by helicopter.

By all accounts, this was a successful exercise and seems to have left parties on both sides happy with the results. Check out photos released by NASA of the dry run below.

SpaceX and NASA continue to work towards a goal of launching Crew Dragon’s first actual crewed flight this year, though they’ve encountered setbacks that make that potentially impossible, including the explosion …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review http://jasrainc.com/samsung-galaxy-note-10-review/ http://jasrainc.com/samsung-galaxy-note-10-review/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:46:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/samsung-galaxy-note-10-review/ By Brian Heater It’s true, you’ve got the Galaxy Note to thank for your big phone. When the device hit the scene at IFA 2011, large screens were still a punchline. That same year, Steve Jobs famously joked about phones with screens larger than four inches, telling a crowd of reporters, “nobody’s going to buy […]

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By Brian Heater
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It’s true, you’ve got the Galaxy Note to thank for your big phone. When the device hit the scene at IFA 2011, large screens were still a punchline. That same year, Steve Jobs famously joked about phones with screens larger than four inches, telling a crowd of reporters, “nobody’s going to buy that.”

In 2019, the average screen size hovers around 5.5 inches. That’s a touch larger than the original Note’s 5.3 inches — a size that was pretty widely mocked by much of the industry press at the time. Of course, much of the mainstreaming of larger phones comes courtesy of a much improved screen to body ratio, another place where Samsung has continued to lead the way.

In some sense, the Note has been doomed by its own success. As the rest of the industry caught up, the line blended into the background. Samsung didn’t do the product any favors by dropping the pretense of distinction between the Note and its Galaxy S line.

Ultimately, the two products served as an opportunity to have a six-month refresh cycle for its flagships. Samsung, of course, has been hit with the same sort of malaise as the rest of the industry. The smartphone …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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China’s Transsion and Kenya’s Wapi Capital partner on Africa fund http://jasrainc.com/chinas-transsion-and-kenyas-wapi-capital-partner-on-africa-fund/ http://jasrainc.com/chinas-transsion-and-kenyas-wapi-capital-partner-on-africa-fund/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 02:46:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/chinas-transsion-and-kenyas-wapi-capital-partner-on-africa-fund/ By Jake Bright Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion is teaming up with Kenya’s Wapi Capital to source and fund early-stage African fintech startups. Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa that recently confirmed its imminent IPO. Wapi Capital is the venture fund of Kenyan fintech startup Wapi Pay—a Nairobi based […]

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By Jake Bright

Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion is teaming up with Kenya’s Wapi Capital to source and fund early-stage African fintech startups.

Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa that recently confirmed its imminent IPO.

Wapi Capital is the venture fund of Kenyan fintech startup Wapi Pay—a Nairobi based company that facilitates digital payments between African and Asia via mobile money or bank accounts.

Investments for the new partnership will come from Transsion’s Future Hub, an incubator and seed fund for African startups opened by Transsion in 2019.

Starting September 2019, Transsion will work with Wapi Capital to select early-stage African fintech companies for equity-based investments of up to $100,000, Transsion Future Hub Senior Investor Laura Li told TechCrunch via email.

Wapi Capital won’t contribute funds to Transsion’s Africa investments, but will help determine the viability and scale of the startups, including due diligence and deal flow, according to Wapi Pay co-founder Eddie Ndichu.

Wapi Pay and Transsion Future Hub will consider ventures from all 54 African countries and interested startups can reach out directly to either organization, Ndichu and Li confirmed.

The Wapi Capital fintech partnership is not Transsion’s sole VC focus in Africa. …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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YC-backed Eden Farm wants to cut out the middlemen between farmers and restaurants in Indonesia http://jasrainc.com/yc-backed-eden-farm-wants-to-cut-out-the-middlemen-between-farmers-and-restaurants-in-indonesia/ http://jasrainc.com/yc-backed-eden-farm-wants-to-cut-out-the-middlemen-between-farmers-and-restaurants-in-indonesia/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2019 06:54:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/yc-backed-eden-farm-wants-to-cut-out-the-middlemen-between-farmers-and-restaurants-in-indonesia/ By Catherine Shu Eden Farm is a startup with the ambitious goal of building a food distribution network for Indonesia, where many restaurants currently rely on markets for fresh ingredients. But this means high markups and unreliable supplies for restaurant owners and lower profits for farmers, co-founder and CEO David Gunawan tells TechCrunch. The company, […]

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By Catherine Shu
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Eden Farm is a startup with the ambitious goal of building a food distribution network for Indonesia, where many restaurants currently rely on markets for fresh ingredients.

But this means high markups and unreliable supplies for restaurant owners and lower profits for farmers, co-founder and CEO David Gunawan tells TechCrunch. The company, part of Y Combinator’s current batch, wants to help both by simplifying the supply chain, ensuring stable pricing and reducing food waste. Eden Farm currently focuses on fresh produce and non-perishable items, but plans to expand its product line to meat and seafood, too.

The company launched in 2017 and now supplies produce from 60 farmers to more than 200 restaurants in six major cities: Jakarta, Tangerang, South Tangerang, Bekasi, Depok and Bogor. Eden Farm is currently raising an oversubscribed seed round. Gunawan says the target was originally intended to be $1 million, but has now increased to $1.75 million. Investors include Y Combinator and Everhaus.

Eden Farm started as a farm, but while talking to other farmers and researching the agricultural market, its founders realized there were many problems with food distribution in Indonesia.

“Every restaurant in Indonesia faces a huge problem with supply, stability …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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YC-backed startup Binks can ship custom-made clothing to Indian women in just three days http://jasrainc.com/yc-backed-startup-binks-can-ship-custom-made-clothing-to-indian-women-in-just-three-days/ http://jasrainc.com/yc-backed-startup-binks-can-ship-custom-made-clothing-to-indian-women-in-just-three-days/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2019 05:52:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/yc-backed-startup-binks-can-ship-custom-made-clothing-to-indian-women-in-just-three-days/ By Catherine Shu Binks is a custom clothing startup created after co-founder and CEO Aamna Khan realized how frustrating it is to find well-fitting women’s workwear in Indian cities. Currently participating in Y Combinator’s accelerator program, Binks solves the problem by using computer vision and machine learning to provide customers with clothing sewn to their […]

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By Catherine Shu
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Binks is a custom clothing startup created after co-founder and CEO Aamna Khan realized how frustrating it is to find well-fitting women’s workwear in Indian cities. Currently participating in Y Combinator’s accelerator program, Binks solves the problem by using computer vision and machine learning to provide customers with clothing sewn to their measurements, shipped in just three days.

Khan says shopping online is often difficult because a standardized Indian sizing chart hasn’t been developed yet. Clothing companies use a mix of U.S. and European size charts, often resulting in inaccurate sizing (Khan tells TechCrunch that the return rate for apparel ordered online in India can be as high as 30% to 40%, mostly because of fit issues). In big cities like Bangalore, where the company is based, there are a lot of tailors, but getting clothing fitted and sewn is a time-consuming process.

“The tailoring market has not moved with the times, so the experience of getting something tailored is the same as it was 10 years ago. You have to buy fabric, give your measurements to the tailor, then there are usually a couple of fittings, and all of this means physically visiting the shop,” Khan says. “It’s very tedious …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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