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.
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.
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.
Connexient and The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medicine, based in Birmingham, AL, announced today that they have kicked off deployment of Connexient’s MediNav™ Navigator Edition 2.0 across the UAB Medicine Birmingham campus, encompassing all UAB Hospital buildings and The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital outpatient facility.
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.
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, 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Bevi (www.bevi.co), the Boston-based start-up that develops smart beverage machines, has announced a $6.5M Series A led by Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong based private investment fund of Mr. Li Ka-shing. The Series A will build on the sales momentum that Bevi has seen in the Boston area and enable geographic expansion.
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, 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.
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.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.
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.Read More›
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, 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…
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…
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…
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.Read More›
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.Read More›
Patient capital (Acumen Fund), crowd-sourcing (Kickstarter), socially-focused businesses (TOMS), new avenues for volunteerism (Catchafire), B Corporations, forums and message boards with volumes of free and constantly updating content making you your own expert (Hacker News, StackOverflow, Everything Longboarding), university-quality blogs and educational tools (SteveBlank, AVC, Khan Academy)…Read More›
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.Read More›
“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;Read More›
RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE: RCAP), has announced that it is establishing an investment crowdfunding platform which it will operate under the name, “We R Crowdfunding.” Concurrent with this announcement, RCAP revealed they had acquired Trupoly, a New York based white label investor relationship manager.