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Power Up Anywhere With the Best Travel Adapters

By Simon Hill
When going abroad, these plugs are essential to keep your gadgets charged. These are our favorites.

The Best Sunglasses for Every Outdoor Adventure

By Medea Giordano, Louryn Strampe
Protect your eyes in style while you lounge, run, paddle, or work on your computer outside.

The Best Sites, Apps, and YouTube Channels to Learn Music

By Parker Hall
Modern technology makes studying to play a new instrument easier than ever. And the best part? Most of these tools are free or affordable.

Construct Capital’s Dayna Grayson will be a Startup Battlefield Judge at Disrupt 2021

By Jordan Crook

Dayna Grayson has been in venture capital for more than a decade and was one of the first VCs to build a portfolio around the transformation of industrial sectors of our economy.

At NEA, where she was a partner for eight years, she led investments in and sat on the boards of companies including Desktop Metal, Onshape, Framebridge, Tulip, Formlabs and Guideline. She left NEA to start her own fund, Construct Capital, that focuses exclusively on early-stage startups, with a portfolio that includes Copia, ChargeLab, Tradeswell and Hadrian.

It should come as no surprise, then, that we’re absolutely thrilled to have Grayson join us at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 in September.

Grayson has more than proven that she has a keen eye for transformational technology. Desktop Metal went public in 2020 — she still sits on the board as chair of the compensation committee. Onshape, another NEA-era investment, was acquired by PTC in 2019 for a whopping $525 million. Framebridge was also acquired by Graham Holdings in 2020.

Grayson saw an opportunity to develop a venture brand more hyperfocused on the types of deals she was doing at NEA, which centered around manufacturing and digitizing industrial verticals. That’s where Construct Capital came in. It’s a $140 million fund helmed by Grayson and former Uber exec Rachel Holt.

At Disrupt, Grayson will serve as a Startup Battlefield judge. The Battlefield is one of the world’s most prestigious and exciting startup competitions. Twenty+ early-stage startups hop on our stage and present their wares to a panel of expert VC judges, who then grill the founders on everything about the business, from the revenue model to the go-to-market strategy to the team to the technology itself.

The winner walks away with $100,000 in prize money and the glory of being a Battlefield winner. Households names in tech have gotten their start in the Battlefield, from Dropbox to Mint.

Grayson joins plenty of other seasoned investors on the Battlefield stage, including Camille Samuels, Deena Shakir, Terri Burns, Shauntel Garvey and Alexa Von Tobel.

Disrupt 2021 goes down from September 21 to 23 and is virtual. Snag a ticket here starting under $100 for a limited time!

The Best Pizza Ovens to Make the Perfect Slice

By Adrienne So
In times of trouble, our nation turns to carbs. We picked our favorite portable ovens for backyards, countertops, or camping.

The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Achin' Neck

By Medea Giordano
Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level.

Get a Better Picture With Our Favorite Webcams

By Matt Jancer
Videoconferencing cameras have been in high demand since the pandemic began. We’ve narrowed down our favorites.

Our 10 Favorite PlayStation 4 Accessories

By Jess Grey, Jeffrey Van Camp
Stretching a few more years out of your PS4 console? Try some of these lovely extras.

The Best Running Gear for Hot Summer Days

By Adrienne So, Gear Team
Last month saw some record-breaking temperatures. If you’re going for a run, be sure to wear the right clothes and stay hydrated.

I Tried 5 Sleep Gadgets for My Nagging Insomnia

By Simon Hill
From a co-sleeping robot bean to a brain-sensing headband, I searched high and low for a solution to my nightmare.

Catch Some Shut-Eye With Our 7 Favorite Sleep Sounds

By Parker Hall, Gear Team
From rain forest sounds to video game soundtracks, here are the WIRED Gadget Lab's favorite noises to fall asleep to.

The Best iPad to Buy (and the Ones to Avoid)

By Julian Chokkattu, Jeffrey Van Camp
With several new iPads on the market, choosing the right one is more complicated than ever. We’re here to help.

Which Amazon Fire Tablet Is Best for You?

By Jeffrey Van Camp, Scott Gilbertson
Whether you need a travel-friendly tablet or something affordable for the kids, we tested every model to find the right one for everybody.

10 Essential Accessories to Up Your Backyard Grilling Game

By Scott Gilbertson
Up your outdoor cooking game with these tools for getting the perfect sear, smoke, roast—and even a pizza.

Our Favorite Audiophile-Grade Gear for Serious Listening

By Parker Hall
Interested in getting insane audio quality? From speakers and headphones to streaming amps, here are our favorite tools for gold-plated listening.

Our Favorite Hair Dryers and Diffusers

By Medea Giordano
We tried blow dryers, brushes, diffusers, and one reverse air-dryer that sucks your hair up like a vacuum. These are our favorite hair drying tools.

45 Father’s Day Gifts for the Dependable Dad in Your Life

By Matt Jancer, Gear Team
Show how much you appreciate him this Father’s Day with these useful and offbeat gift ideas.

The 9 Best Portable Grills You Can Buy

By Scott Gilbertson
We barbecued for weeks to find the right charcoal and propane grills for road trips—or just for smaller homes.

Tractive raises $35M as it expands GPS pet tracking to the US

By Brian Heater

Another sizable raise for a pet (cats and dogs) tracking company this morning. Austria-based Tractive has announced a $35 million Series A, led by Guidepost Growth Equity. The round is the company’s first since 2013, when its GPS-based tracker first hit the market.

Along with the funding round, the company is also announcing its official push into the U.S. market — though Tractive has had some presence here through a “soft launch” of an LTE tracker over the summer. That product apparently made the States its fastest growing market, in spite of a lack of official presence.

The funding will go toward its expansion into the U.S./North American market, along with additional scaling and headcount. For the latter, the company is already naming a new EVP of North America and a VP of marketing.

“Tractive is like a seatbelt for your dog or cat. It provides coverage when and where they need it,” said co-founder and CEO Michael Hurnaus in a release. “We designed Tractive to deliver the best possible experience, with up-to-the-second information, so that all pet parents can care for their dogs and cats the way they want and deserve — whether that means monitoring activity levels to reduce the risk of obesity or tracking a dog or cat that slipped out of the yard.”

Also new is the arrival of an upgraded tracker from the company, primarily focused on improved battery life. The big change is the use of Wi-Fi to reduce battery strain when a pet is in the home. The company says it’s able to bump up battery life up to 5x. The tracker is available for $50 in the U.S., plus a monthly subscription fee.

In February, smart pet collar maker Fi announced a $30 million Series B.

 

All Our Favorite Accessories for the Nintendo Switch

By Jess Grey, Jeffrey Van Camp
Did you pick up the handheld console recently? Here are some screen protectors, chargers, and other extras for your new best friend.
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