CNBC's Deirdre Bosa tours a San Francisco-based medical marijuana delivery service, Eaze, know as the "Uber of Weed." It is the most VC funded company to date in the cannabis industry from a number of well known investors and celebrities.
Kip is using data to make therapy better for both patients and therapists
Kip seeks to change that by connecting its users with qualified therapists and helping them track outcomes over time. By combining in-person therapy with a mobile app that allows patients to provide feedback on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis, the company believes it can improve the process for patients and therapists. I spent much of the last several years doing a traditional form of talk therapy, which helped to work through relationship and work-related issues. But it took years of weekly sessions to unspool my personal history and determine how events in the past would affect how I react to current situations and interact with others, and to adjust my thinking around them.
At Flatiron Health, Doctors And Developers Work On Cracking The Code For Better Cancer Treatment
Software Engineering Manager Kevin Hobson had only recently started his new job at the New York medical software company Flatiron Health when, in January 2016, his bosses flew him down to Florida. The trip wasn’t a mere perk: Hobson’s mission was to spend a day shadowing several medical professionals in an oncology clinic, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, in West Palm Beach. One of those professionals was Dr. Bobby Green, Flatiron’s SVP and a practicing oncologist at the Florida clinic.
Sapho Raises $14 Million Series B for Workplace Productivity
Today, Sapho announced that it has closed $14M in Series B funding led by Caffeinated Capital. The new funds will be used to build a global sales team and further Sapho's goals of tripling the productivity and effectiveness of the enterprise workforce. Sapho empowers employees with a modern portal experience that surfaces relevant tasks and data using micro apps. Sapho micro apps – built by IT on top of existing systems and delivered to any device, intranet, or messenger – simplify workflows and data access, allowing employees to complete work faster and make better decisions.
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This tech company says it knows whether your branded content actually works
First there was advertising, which promoted messages brands paid for, then there was PR, which got a business "free" coverage in the press. Now, there is a hybrid of the two, where companies are writing their own stories, creating their own TV programs and putting "native" posts on social media. These are all labeled as being paid for by a brand, but they look like editorial content.
Slack developers get another small tool to fill out their bot functionality
Slack developers have been able to add a few buttons to the bottom of their responses in their in-line commands, but it seems like that was starting to get a little out of hand. It’s pretty common for developers to start bending platform functionality to the point of breaking, and in this case some developers were even adding small buttons that would essentially page through options on the Slackbot response. So Slack, which at times can sometimes seem allergic to product changes, is making an alteration and giving developers the ability to add a drop-down menu to give additional responses and actions to Slackbot messages.
Silicon Valley’s favorite shoe now comes in a new style
Last March, Allbirds hit the market with a single product: a wool sneaker that didn't require you to wear socks. The brand, which has raised a total of $9.95 million in funding, was a big hit among techies and entrepreneurs. (In this month's magazine, the founder of Lola recommended it.) According to the founders, the company set itself very ambitious targets for the first year and ended up surpassing them by five times. Today, the company launches a new wool shoe in a smoking slipper silhouette that it is calling the "Lounger." It's a flat slip-on that feels much like the previous Runner style, but does not have laces. The Allbirds design team came up with dozens of prototypes before landing on this one. "This was much harder to design than the Runner," cofounder Tim Brown explains. "There's so little to work with on a flat shoe. Everything needed to be perfect, because there was nowhere for us to hide imperfections."
Pluto TV Taps Former E! Exec Robert Magdlen as Chief Programming Officer
Free online-video network Pluto TV has hired Robert Magdlen, former SVP of program strategy and acquisitions for NBCUniversal’s E!, as chief programming officer. At E!, Magdlen was part of the team that launched the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reality TV series and Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea Lately” talk show. He oversaw programming strategies behind E!’s forays into scripted with “The Royals”; reality TV series including “Total Divas”; and other series including “The Soup” and “Fashion Police.” In addition, he was the executive in charge
Groupon M&A chief Jason Harinstein is joining Flatiron Health as its first CFO
Groupon’s mergers and acquisitions lead is joining Flatiron Health, the company told Recode. Jason Harinstein will serve as chief financial officer for the cancer research and technology startup, which has raised more than $300 million in venture capital. The move marks a bit of a reunion. Harinstein had previously worked on acquisitions at Google, where he oversaw the purchase of Invite Media, an advertising startup founded by Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg. The two started Flatiron Health in 2012, and the company has raised roughly $320 million in funding from venture capital firms including Google Ventures, First Round Capital and Roche.
L Catterton Leads $8M Series A in Probiotic Skincare brand TULA
TULA, a leading innovative skincare brand, today announced that it has received a significant growth capital investment from L Catterton, the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world. The investment will be used to drive TULA’s rapid growth by funding marketing, working capital and product development. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Co-founded in 2014 by Dr. Roshini Raj, a board-certified gastroenterologist and internist with a medical degree from New York University’s School of Medicine; Ken Landis, a Co-Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; and Dan Reich, a tech entrepreneur, TULA’s groundbreaking approach to skincare leverages the power of probiotics to improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. TULA delivers effective, high-impact, prestige products that help restore and maintain balance and wellbeing on the inside and out through its patented Probiotic Technology. Since its founding, TULA has experienced enormous growth by building off of a unique and successful launch strategy. TULA launched first exclusively with QVC, where it received rave reviews from women across the country, leading to the brand being named the winner of QVC’s “Rising Star Award.” From there, the Company has built a strong online presence through partnerships with digital influencers and selectively launched in brick and mortar stores across the U.S. with SpaceNK.
Wal-Mart continues its e-commerce shopping spree, snapping up ModCloth
It's official. Wal-Mart on Friday confirmed that it has acquired ModCloth, a specialty online apparel retailer that caters to curvy women. The announcement comes two days after a report by fashion blog Jezebel said a deal between the two was imminent. It also marks Wal-Mart's fourth digital acquisition since September, when it closed its $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com.