Stop & Shop grocery stores in Massachusetts have partnered with HowGood, an independent research organization dedicated to bringing transparency to the shopping experience. Now Stop & Shop customers can benefit from HowGood’s extensive research and easily identify food products that meet rigorous environmental and social benchmarks. Using the simple ratings on store shelves, shoppers can find the most sustainable, wholesome and honest foods.IMG 20170103 141043 Over the past 10 years, HowGood has developed a database of sustainable food ratings and research, which supports an in-store ratings system that identifies leaders in the food industry. The
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Eaze is moving into recreational marijuana with $27M in new funding
The cannabis industry has lit up in the last year, including weed delivery startup Eaze, which just raised $27 million in Series B financing and claims a 300 percent year-over-year increase in gross sales. Eaze has gone hard on marketing spend, using aggressive growth tactics and burning through the $24.5 million it had previously raised in VC cash. New CEO of the company Jim Patterson, who took over the role in December 2017 explains his approach as just part of the Silicon Valley cycle to get ahead, “We are a tech startup…we’re investing in growth,” he told TechCrunch when asked about the high burn rate. “We’re investing the money now in what’s clearly going to be a very big market.”
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Emergency Medicine Provider Call9 Raises $24M in Series B Funding
New York City-based Call9, an emergency medicine provider, has secured $24 million in Series B funding. Redmile led the round with participation from other investors that included Index Ventures, Refactor, Y Combinator and Western Technology Investment. Known for reinventing Emergency Medicine in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Call9 powers a sophisticated, high-touch technology platform and multi-disciplinary healthcare service, which delivers care to patients at their bedside. The company embeds highly-skilled clinical care specialists on-site, in nursing homes, giving patients 24/7 real-time access to Emergency Medicine physicians and specialists, without brick and mortar limitations. Call9 defines new standards and measures of value for telemedicine, pulling the industry toward a new care category.
Traveling With Kids: ’90s Supermodel Devon Aoki and Away Show How It’s Done
VOGUE - Besides being blessed in the genetics department, models are also some of the most seasoned travelers. After all, these are individuals that spend weeks, if not months, on end traveling the fashion circuit—often with very few pieces of luggage pared down to the essentials. Such is the case for Devon Aoki, who has spent a large part of her life globe-trotting for the likes of Versace and Chanel. Case in point: The supermodel—whose presence looms large in the fashion landscape of the ’90s—spent the weekend making her way to and from New York City for a walk down the Jeremy Scott runway.
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“We’ve really positioned our brand as a single destination for rewarded shopping,” CEO and founder Bryan Leach told me. "We are now the third most used shopping app through the last three months. The only two shopping apps that had more minutes of usage than us on iOS in the U.S. were Amazon and eBay.” Amazon and eBay are two of the growing number of online retailers you can earn cashback through Ibotta. A recent update of the app added the ability to earn $1 back for every Uber ride and a $5 Uber ride credit for every three rides. “We’re hoping that we can go from appealing to a very savvy deal-conscious shopper to a more casual person who loves to get rewards, doesn’t want to pay full price but isn’t as interested in investing the time,” Leach said. “We’re hoping to cross into a more mainstream user base.”
New Credit Card Option for Those With Scant Credit Histories
A New York start-up aims to use everyday financial information to qualify people with scant or no credit histories for its credit cards. The company, called Petal, considers an applicant’s standard credit scores, when available. But it also analyzes their digital financial records, like checking accounts or, in some cases, prepaid debit cards, to rapidly assess their income and spending habits. “It uses more financial information to make a credit decision,” said Jason Gross, chief executive and co-founder of Petal.
Notable Labs raises $10M for drug testing service to develop therapeutic index for oncologists
Notable Labs, a medtech startup cofounded by former hedge fund manager Matthew De Silva after his father developed brain cancer, has closed a $10 million Series A round. The funding will be used to support clinical trials for the development of a diagnostic for people with blood cancers, starting with leukemia. The company filed a Form D at the end of August and provided a news release with some details. The goal of the business is to help physicians identify and prioritize the most suitable drugs for their leukemia patients. Builders VC led the Series A with support from existing investors First Round Capital, First Round Capital, Founder’s Fund, Eleven Two Capital and other investors. Y Combinator is also a backer — Notable Labs took part in its winter 2015 cohort. To date, the company has raised $17 million.
Sneaker Startup Allbirds Lands $17.5 Million In New Funding
Allbirds, a San Francisco-based sneaker startup, has raised $17.5 million in new investment. The Series B funding round was led by Tiger Global Management, a New York-based firm that has also backed Warby Parker, Spotify and Facebook. Elephant, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Maveron also invested. The new infusion brings Allbirds’ total funding to $27.5 million to date. The shoe company was founded in 2015 by Tim Brown, a former New Zealand professional soccer player, and Joey Zwillinger, a biotech engineer and renewable materials expert. The startup has more than 50 employees and has been profitable since launch, according to Tim Brown. “We were absolutely diligent on every dollar we spent,” he says. He declined to disclose revenue or valuation.
Allbirds plans to expand to new materials with $17.5 million in fresh funds
You can’t walk outside your door in San Francisco these days without seeing some tech worker or VC wearing a pair of Allbirds. The eco-friendly wool shoes have taken over the tech world since the startup’s launch a mere 18 months ago. Now, it plans to expand globally and develop new materials beyond its signature merino wool. Allbirds has a good amount of capital to go there as the company just raised $17.5 million for its Series B funding, adding a total of $27.5 million to work with now. Tiger Global Management led the round and, as you may be able to tell from the hedge fund’s other bets, Allbirds intends to use those connections to spread its wings internationally.