Week In Review


1) – Startups : SendGrid Startup Of The Week #14 – Andrew McPhee Of Obvious Engineering

This episode of TWiST is a special Startup of the Week Show, with Andrew McPhee of Obvious Engineering. Obvious Engineering is a Computer Vision IP and product development company working to connect a digital dimension to the physical world, using mainstream mobile devices.


2) Rap Battle With Anyone In The World On Rapt.fm

Colleen talks with CEO of Rapt.fm, Erik Torenberg and demos the new software that allows you to rap to a live audience and battle anyone in the world.


3) Learn More About AngelPad’s Latest Line Up At Demo Day

AngelPad is a mentorship program founded by Thomas Korte and other ex-Googlers to help web-technology startups build better products, attract additional funding and ultimately grow more successful businesses Twice a year, they provide an extensive mentorship program to carefully selected startups, during the course of 10 weeks, in our San Francisco office. The 10 weeks program covers all aspects of a company launch – from idea to product, market fit, customer acquisition and fundraising. They also take care of the less glamorous things like incorporation, immigration visas or setting up books. A strong emphasis is also put on helping founders to prepare for demo day, which occurs towards the end of each program and allows companies to present their idea/vision/product to several hundred investors. During the course of the program, they also receive guest speakers and host several events as different as intensive “angel days” and relaxed mingling happy hours. The program does not end at demo day though. Mentors are extremely involved in helping startups in their fundraising efforts. All founders also become part the AngelPad alumni network. To know more about AngelPad, or to get notifications for future intakes, visit their website at angelpad.org.  


4) First Look At The Scanadu SCOUT, A Gadget To Bring Your Vital Sign Data To Your Smartphone

It was a year ago that Scanadu first came on the scene after raising some $2 million for a very interesting idea: Bringing the ability to monitor and track your body’s vital signs to a portable and inexpensive device that connects to your smartphone. The idea is that Scanadu will let you own and control your own health data in the same way that you monitor other aspects of your life — to “check your body as often as you check your email,” so to speak. Today, Scanadu is announcing that it is a few big steps closer to making that goal a reality, giving a few more details on the first three products it expects to formally start selling within the next year. These tools are: Scanadu SCOUT, which monitors vital health signs such as heart rate and blood pressure, Project ScanaFlu, an automatic saliva testing device that scans for afflictions such as Strep Throat, and Project ScanaFlo, a urine testing device that looks at things such as dehydration and pregnancy.

It was a pleasure to have Scanadu’s co-founder and CEO Walter de Brouwer stop by TechCrunch TV to give us some first hand details of what Scanadu is doing and show off the SCOUT in particular.

On a business level, Scanadu has grown at a solid pace to have some 20 staff working at its headquarters in Silicon Valley. The prototypes and concepts are interesting, but truly hard part is still to come — Scanadu will have to make sure that its products pass FDA inspections and can secure funding necessary to go to large-scale production. It’s certainly an ambitious mission, but there’s no question that the company’s vision is pretty compelling.

Watch the video above to see the Scanadu SCOUT and hear more from de Brouwer about the company’s background and plans for the future.


5) Robert Scoble Talks Startup Innovation With Don Dodge

Robert Scoble tells us what new technologies he is excited about, how to get his attention, what apps he uses every day, and where the innovation is happening.