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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.

‘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.

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.