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 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.
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.
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.
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