Call it a " back to the future" moment: hardware is hot.
After years of private tech investors favoring software startups, new hardware companies are attracting keen attention. Witness Wednesday's $30 million investment in Webcam startup DropCam. Software still gets more buzz -- and yes, more money -- but in the last couple of years, more than $711 million was poured into hardware startups, according to a recent blog post by Renee Di DiResta, a principal at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.
It's an uptick that correlates with the rise in smartphones, according to investors who say recent … Read more