All posts by John Biggs

The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600 is the sea lover’s mechanical watch

 Christopher Ward is a relative newcomer to the watch scene and has long produced simpler, less expensive pieces for the fashion set. Now, after a bit of a rebirth, the British company is finally releasing pieces a techie would love. Take the euphoniously-named C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600, a $1,750 watch with a large, thick 43mm case made of stainless steel, a ceramic bezel, and a nice… Read More

Elmodis raises a $4.9M round to find the soul of a new machine

 Like the boy in Iron Giant, Elmodis watches massive machines to ensure they don’t break or, worse, hurt people. The company recently raised $4.9 million to manage this task in addition to their $250,000 in seed capital from Innovation Nest in Poland. The founders, Artur Hanc and Marcin Swiech, created a “novel way of monitoring machines,” said Swiech. “The technology… Read More

Let’s meet in Longmont, Colorado next week

 As part of the NewTech Meetup we will be holding a very cool pitch-off at the Oskar Blues The Oak Room at 1800 Pike Road in Longmont, CO. We are holding it on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 starting at 6:00pm. The pitch-off will happen at about eight. You can RSVP here. To apply to pitch please submit your info here. I will pick and contact eight companies to pitch for 2 minutes with 2 minutes of… Read More

CubeFit TerraMat hides under your standing desk to give your feet a rest

 Back before humans invented chairs we humans stood a lot. Now, almost 100 years later, we tend to sit. However, some people still stand. For those people there is the TerraMat. The TerraMat is like a cat toy for you feet. It features a number of little bumps and ridges designed to let you stretch, exercise, and massage your feed while you’re standing. It was created by two… Read More

Get your pitch applications in for the Boulder Micro-Meetup

 A reminder that I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. You’ll have 2 minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then 2 minutes of questions. No slides, no props, no costumes (Ok, maybe costumes.) Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s… Read More

Let’s meet up for a Micro-Meetup in Boulder next Wednesday

 I’ll be in Boulder for a few weeks and would love to hear some pitches and maybe give out some tables for Disrupt. I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s in the same building as Zeal Optics and Unseen Bean. Read More

The Casio Edifice EQB501 takes a licking, connects to your cellphone

 Casio makes beefy watches for not-always-beefy people. Their latest, the Edifice EQB-501 is an interesting amalgam of form, function, and high tech features and it has enough dials, buttons, and sensors to keep well-connected on your trek through the jungle, urban or otherwise. This monster watch is 44.4mm wide and water resistant up to 100 meters. It connects to your phone and the CASIO… Read More

The Art of the Pitch

 Vitaly M. Golomb leads global investments at HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup and is the author of Accelerated Startup, a book about ramping up your business. Below is a fascinating excerpt from the book about Golomb’s favorite thing: pitching. If you’ve ever seen me speak at an event, you have probably noticed that I get… Read More

Immigrant eyes

 Over the past few years we’ve seen a lot of anger. We’ve seen a seemingly sane country cut itself off from mainland Europe and we’ve seen a seemingly beneficent border police force turn angry. We’ve heard that immigrants steal our jobs, kill our people, and bring in drugs and terror. This is wrong. On the pro-side we know that immigrants, as a whole, commit less crime… Read More

The Atomo Modular Electronics System is like LEGO for electronics

 One of the hardest things about Raspberry Pi and Arduino is figuring out where to stick all the pieces. While both of these systems work well alone – you can have a lot of fun with just a board and an Internet connection – it’s also fun to add little things like printers and screens to make fun projects. That’s where the Atomo comes in. This modular kit comes from… Read More