What Comes After LaCroix? Bevi!

Sean Grundy, Bevi’s co-founder and C.E.O., who is thirty-four, wandered into the party, wearing a blue-and-white gingham shirt. He grabbed a compostable plastic cup with the beginnings of a soda-water mojito. Grundy and his fellow co-founders, Eliza Becton and Frank Lee, teamed up in 2013, while Grundy was studying at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He had just quit his job at an environmental-conservation group, and Becton, a mechanical engineer turned designer, was passionate about replacing disposable water bottles. The trio created a Bevi prototype and parked it at a gym in Somerville, Massachusetts.

TeamSupport Secures Significant Growth Investment from Level Equity

TeamSupport, the industry’s top B2B (business to business) customer support software solution, today announced it has obtained a significant growth investment from Level Equity. The investment will enable the company to accelerate the expansion of its technology, customer success, sales, and marketing initiatives.

The funding comes at a perfect time, as Gartner recently announced that Customer Relationship Management (CRM) was the largest software market in 2017.

LeafLink One of World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2018

Fast Company has nominated LeafLink to it’s list of most innovative companies of 2018. They were ranked 10th in the ‘Enterprise’ division; Amazon was #1 this year.

Leaflink is the first cannabis-facing company on such a list, alongside industry dominating companies with tens of thousands of employees. Fast Company reached out to let LeafLink know they were chosen last week.

Exciting stuff with so much more ahead!

Eight One of World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2018

Eight is thrilled to announce that it was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2018; joining list veterans like Apple, Amazon and Sony.

True innovation in sleep has been their dream since their founding 4 years ago, and today, they are recognized for it.

Connexient and Riverside Announce Investment to Ramp Growth in Enterprise Indoor Navigation

Connexient and Riverside Acceleration Capital have closed an investment and partnership to boost Connexient’s growth and leadership position in Enterprise Digital Wayfinding, Mapping and Indoor Navigation Services. Connexient’s existing investors also contributed to the round. Since its launch in January 2015, Connexient’s MediNav™ has become the best-of-breed solution for healthcare, with a rapidly growing client base of 28 healthcare networks.

VC firm targets budding ancillary cannabis market

It has also invested in LeafLink, a business-to-business platform that provides a market for dispensary owners to buy inventory from cannabis brands. In April 2016, when it started, the platform processed $12,000 in transactions; in September this year, it processed almost $14m.

Eight Sleep Expands Smart Mattress Collection Based On Consumer Sleep Data

Eight, the technology company changing the future of sleep, today launched new additions to its product line, bolstering the company’s innovative sleep system offerings. Leveraging customer feedback and over 10 million hours of sleep data from 15,000+ users, Eight has added four new mattresses to create the perfect sleep space, including the Saturn+ and Mars+ – the most technologically advanced mattresses on the market with superior pricing and quality.

BentoBox, the website builder for restauranteurs, cooks up $4.8M Series A

The company, which helps restaurant owners quickly build full-featured websites for their restaurants, has just closed a $4.8 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Bullpen Capital, with participation from Launch Capital, Seamless founders Jason Finger and Paul Appelbaum, RiverPark Ventures, and Invision CEO Clark Valberg, alongside existing seed investors.

Bevi Slurps $16.5M to Bring “Smart Water Cooler” to More Offices

About three years ago, Boston-based startup Bevi launched its tech-enabled take on the traditional water cooler by installing an initial batch of about a dozen of its machines at local offices. Since then, the company says around 1,000 of the Internet-connected beverage kiosks have been deployed in the offices of approximately 370 companies, including Apple, AT&T, Fidelity, GE, and Netflix.

Q&A with Robert C. Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of TeamSupport

TeamSupport is a B2B customer support and help desk application. With the recent ransomware and other similar cyber attacks increasing cybersecurity concerns around the world, business can ensure customers’ peace of mind by securing and protecting their data.

We speak with Robert C. Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of TeamSupport, to find out about their products, the B2B scenario, their future plans and about the benefits of implementing cloud solutions for B2B support.

KidPass Raises $5.1MM in Funding, Led by Javelin Venture Partners

Today, we are excited to announce that KidPass has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Javelin Venture Partners, with participation from new and existing investors, including CoVenture, Y Combinator, TIA Ventures, Bionic Fund, Cocoon Ignite Ventures, and FJ Labs among others. In conjunction with the financing, we are also thrilled to announce that Jed Katz, Managing Director at Javelin, and Rachel Jarrett, President of Zola, will be joining our Board of Directors.

B2B Cannabis E-Commerce Platform LeafLink Raises $3 Million Seed Round Led by Lerer Hippeau

The B2B cannabis e-commerce platform LeafLink today announces it has closed a $3 Million seed round led by New York’s Lerer Hippeau Ventures, a tech-focused venture fund with early investments in companies such as Oscar Health, Casper, Warby Parker, Venmo, and Buzzfeed. Additional participants include strategic investors, including Casa Verde Capital, Phyto Partners, Wisdom VC, and Wan Li Zhu and Paul Ciriello of Fairhaven Capital.

‘Smart’ Mattress Company Eight Raises $5 Million Series A To Track Your Sleep

Eight, a tech-enabled sleep tracking company that sells ‘smart’ mattresses, has raised a $5 million Series A round to grow in a competitive category that shows no signs of slowing. The startup, cofounded by Forbes Under 30 2017 list member Alexandra Zatarain, launched in 2014 with a crowdfunded sleep tracker that could be slipped over a mattress. Its technology tracks your sleep, allowing you to monitor the data on your phone and interacting with other ‘smart’ home products to warm your bed or start brewing your morning coffee.

Agua Fruit Essence Available in Bevi’s Smart Water Cooler

Agua Brands, makers of The NEW Beverage, Agua Active Hydration and Agua Fruit Essence announce a partnership with Bevi, a smart water cooler that provides filtered, plain, sparkling and flavored water on demand. The collaboration will provide consumers with Agua Fruit Essence fruit infused waters at hundreds of Bevi operated offices in NYC, Boston and the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Rise and Shine Brighter With a Smart Bedroom

Eight’s accompanying app will provide you with a blueprint of how solid your sleep has been, allowing you to make adjustments where necessary. Or Eight can make the adjustments on its own. By reading the room’s temperature, and analyzing your preferred sleeping temperature, Eight can adjust the bed to the optimal warmth, and split the bed into separate temperatures so as not to disturb your partner.

KidPass Featured On CNN!

We’re excited to share that KidPass has been featured on CNN! The video includes footage of classes at Gymboree and Chocolate Works – two of our amazing activities and providers on KidPass. We had a great time working with our members, partners, and friends at CNN.

KidPass Launches New Platform in NYC to Help Parents

KidPass, a New York-based website and activity booking service, has launched a new platform — the first subscription service featuring an extensive and comprehensive directory of kids’ classes in New York City, available now to parents in all five boroughs of the city. KidPass plans to expand to five additional cities soon, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

Cannabis Product Manufacturers Now Selling to 100 Colorado Retailers Through Online Platform

Over 100 Colorado retailers are using LeafLink.com, an online ordering platform for the cannabis industry, to order products from more than a dozen marijuana infused product brands, including Keef Cola, Dixie Elixirs, Cannapunch, Wana Brands, Foria, and ZOOTS. The platform, which launched in March, is designed exclusively for the cannabis industry, meaning that each retailer on the platform must have a valid license from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED).

Neiman Marcus Taps ChargeItSpot for Phone Charging Stations Nationwide

ChargeItSpot (www.chargeitspot.com) has expanded its partnership with Neiman Marcus to enhance the in-store experience for shoppers with a planned nationwide roll out that will result in 37 mobile phone charging stations installed across 30 locations.

The first wave of ChargeItSpot kiosks was installed last week in Neiman Marcus’s Washington, D.C. and Tysons Corners, Virginia stores, and will continue through September.

Copyright Defense League Rebrands as Picture Protection Service

Picture Protection Service, the protection, recovery and prevention consultancy that specializes in fighting digital image theft has today announced that it has rebranded from Copyright Defense League. The move coincides with its appointment by new content licensing company Avalon Media, owner of international photo library Photoshot, to protect their images, reduce digital image theft and recover revenue from professional copyright infringers.

Evaluating Retail Technology ROI

The retail industry is abound with digital innovation, with brick-and-mortar stores rapidly adopting retail technology tools, services and gadgets in order to become a more relevant part of the consumer’s day. Emerging retail technologies are poised to make a splash among retailers in 2016, but not all serve the same purpose.

While ROI is usually the main factor behind the deployment of these emerging technologies, some also integrate other marketing goals as well.

Would You Try This Man’s Wacky Sales Pitches?

Doug Baldasare faced the dilemma of every new entrepreneur: How do you get in front of buyers when you don’t have sales to show? His company, Philadelphia-based ChargeItSpot, makes a phone-charging station for retailers, so customers can fuel up while shopping (and therefore stick around longer). Baldasare asked a professor from his days at Wharton for an introduction to a manager the guy knew at a local Whole Foods.

Then Baldasare showed up with an action plan…

Startup that disrupts water coolers could expand to New York

Hydration Labs, the maker of an environmentally-friendly water cooler called Bevi, landed more than $6 million in new funding last week, much of which will go toward expansion.

Sean Grundy, the startup’s co-founder, said the proceeds will help company expand its footprint geographically, moving beyond its home base of Boston to other cities like New York City.

Surprise Retail Innovation: Recharge Your Phone at Bergdorf Goodman For Free

The other day I needed to recharge my phone. A wise old owl told me to go to the fifth floor of Bergdorf Goodman in New York City where you can put your phone in a safe compartment, connect it to a charger and after an hour pick up your phone fully charged again. Wow! What customer service.

The phone charging service is free for customers. Stores clearly benefit from extra traffic when customers know the chargers are available.

You Have to Love the Puzzle


“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”

Entrepreneurs, if your initial solution or strategy doesn’t play out as expected…


– It’s OK

– You haven’t failed

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When we were close to launching Luna in early 2015 we knew that our brand would be an important part of reaching our early customers. We have a complex product that is ahead of the curve of innovation in sleep technology, so we needed a friendly name that would be easy for the public to understand, remember, and grow to love.

We launched Luna at the end of January 2015, and saw great success among our early backers.

LeafLink Raises $750K To Become Salesforce For The Cannabis Industry

LeafLink, an NY-based wholesale management platform for the cannabis industry, has closed a $750k seed round led by group of NY angel investors.

The software platform is designed to support participants in a B2B supply chain, providing basic tools designed to save money for retailers and allow producers to get better pricing for their product.

ChargeItSpot Phone Charging Stations Now in all Under Armour Brand House Stores

Customers of Under Armour (www.underarmour.com) now have a place to go to power their phones for free while shopping thanks to the addition of ChargeItSpot® charging stations at all of the company’s Brand House locations nationwide.

Under Armour, the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, is a retail innovator and an early adopter of this rapidly proliferating retail amenity.

TeamSupport Launches Groundbreaking Private Cloud Solution

TeamSupport.com, one of the industry’s top B2B customer service software solutions, today announced the launch of a private cloud solution, the first of its kind in the customer support Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sector. While the company’s standard cloud applications are incredibly secure, the TeamSupport private cloud solution gives customers who are looking for a private cloud option a way to meet regulatory or policy requirements while providing powerful collaboration tools designed for the B2B space.

Going to Battle


People that push boundaries will face adversity, period.

In the early years you don’t want to go to war, and you generally won’t have to because you’re not important enough of a threat. If you do, it’s likely you’ll lose. When you’re young, human or company, there is a lot of “fake it till you make it”. You feel small, uncertain of the ground you stand on, and lack conviction. You bob and weave to avoid all the challenges that fly at you. You stay slippery.

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The Top 9 Startups From Y Combinator

Smart mattress covers, RNA diagnostics, and photosynthetic grow lights were among the big ideas that shone brightest on stage at Demo Day 1 for Y Combinator’s Summer 2015 batch. Fifty startups presented on the record, including a massive influx of hardware companies and biotech firms. You can read about all of them here.

Click through to see TechCrunch’s picks for the top 9 startups from the day.

TeamSupport Integrates with HubSpot

TeamSupport, one of the industry’s top B2B help desk and customer service software solutions, today announced the integration of the TeamSupport platform with the CRM platform in HubSpot, a popular inbound sales and marketing software.

The integration of data from customer support, marketing and sales eliminates the need for time-consuming, error-prone manual data entry and enables businesses…

Hospitals Add Phone Charging Stations as an Amenity

The stations – powered by ChargeItSpot, a Philadelphia-based startup that recently secured a $4M Series A – provide hospitals with a much-needed amenity that helps patients and their visitors stay connected.

Medical centers such as the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Beebe Healthcare in DE, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center…

Smart Bed Startup Luna Joins Y Combinator

Luna had a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, raising more than $1 million for a mattress cover that adjusts temperature, tracks your sleep and connects to other devices.

Now the company is sharing more news. It’s part of the current class of startups at incubator Y Combinator, and it has also raised $1.3 million in funding…

How Lord and Taylor, Urban Outfitters entice you to share your data

Shoppers are pictured outside a Urban Outfitters store in Pasadena

Retail chains and large department stores are teaming up with tech startups to get consumers’ data. So far, they say, customers don’t mind.

Online personal stylists who use data to predict what items customers will love and buy are all the rage. Where does that leave brick and mortar retailers?

13 hottest wearable startups someone should buy today

Another product too popular to ignore is Luna, the smart bed mattress cover that’s simply smashed it on Indiegogo to the tune of $1.1m. Sure, it has an advantage over other sleep trackers because it doesn’t have to be worn and it can measure two people in the same bed at the same time,

No such thing as a neutral conversation

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I think it was my aunt who told me “there is no such thing as a neutral conversation”, and the comment really ticked me off.

At the time I was an extremely idealistic college student from a fortunate background who believed that things happened because they were the things that needed to happen.

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Crossfit as a lens for starting a company


I’ve been CrossFitting for a little over 4 years now.  Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, has created a phenomenon that truly has the ability to elevate an individual’s potential.  The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is mixed with an equally effective MLM strategy (think Tupperware or Cutco) that has helped the business break through and go viral.  

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Entrepreneurialism and failure


The two invariably cross paths. Those engaging in risky undertakings respect that the odds are against them. On the one hand, it’s important for entrepreneurs (painting with a very wide brush) to wear their failures as a badge of honor, but it’s a slippery slope. Underlying anticipation of failure can become too enmeshed with the outlook an innovator has on their venture.

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The heart of an entrepreneur


“In point of fact the three actions of perceiving, determining, and responding were sequential: but so infinitesimal were the intervals of time between them that they appeared simultaneous.” – Jack London describing Buck, “Call of the Wild”

This constant call and preparedness for action reminds me of what I see at the core of successful entrepreneurs;

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Users Rank TeamSupport Among the Best Help Desk Software


TeamSupport.com, one of the customer service industry’s top B2B customer support software apps, has again ranked among the best and most trusted help desk software solutions by G2 Crowd, the facilitator of business software reviews and ratings.