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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

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

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

– TAKE A DEEP BREATH

– It’s OK

– You haven’t failed

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LUNA IS NOW EIGHT

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

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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.