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Creator economy’s slow burn

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Danny and  and Grace were all here to chat through the week’s rigamarole of news. Alex took some well-deserved time off, but that meant we got to poke a little fun at him and create a Special Edition segment to start off the show. Jokes aside, this week was yet another spree of creator economy, edtech, and new fund announcements, with fresh and unexpe...
Tags: Apple, TC, Twitter, Podcast, Tech, Mental Health, Netflix, New Jersey, Healthcare, Equity, KKR, Alex, Edtech, Health Tech, Patreon, Sequoia

Walnut wants to crack open flexibility for healthcare bills

Healthcare insurance, if you’re lucky to have it, only covers a subset of conditions in the United States. As a result, patients can often get burdened with horror story charges, like huge deductibles, out-of-network costs and expensive co-pays. So for the uninsured and insured alike, innovative ways of managing big bills are in high demand — especially as uncertainty remains around how COVID-19 and long-haul symptoms will be handled by patients and payers. Walnut, founded by Roshan Patel, is a...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Texas, NFL, Tech, United States, Healthcare, East Coast, Fintech, Health Tech, Affirm, Giphy, Cto, Klarna, Walnut

How SOSV-backed Achiko pivoted from financial services to health tech during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many companies had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. For SOSV-backed Achiko, this meant shifting its focus from mobile payment services to affordable COVID-19 screening. Achiko’s platform combines an app called Teman Sehat (“Health Buddy” in Indonesian) for payments and keeping test records, and proprietary low-cost testing kits using DNA aptamers, or synthetic strands of DNA, that are cheaper to manufacture than rapid or PCR tests. The testing kits, formerly code-named Gumnuts and now call...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Barcelona, Taiwan, United States, Philippines, Fda, Health Tech, Ministry of Health, PRC, SOSV

Can Tonal become the luxury fitness market champion?

Over the last three sections of this EC-1, we’ve seen the genesis of Tonal, transforming from a series of prototypes in the mind of CEO and founder Aly Orady into a unique strength-training entrant in the luxury at-home fitness market. We’ve also seen how the company extensively alpha and beta tested its device, designed a launch and marketing strategy, and also cultivated a nascent community to hone the company’s products while engaging customers. While the market is huge and the compe...
Tags: TC, Tech, EC, Health Tech, Peloton, Tonal, Aly Orady, EC-1, EC Consumer Health, EC Ecommerce and D2C

Millions of dollars and 3.5 years, and it all came down to this

Launching a product is a nonevent for many startups. In software, it’s not uncommon to put together a flimsy working prototype over a couple of hours and publish it immediately to start generating feedback from early users and get that iterative flywheel spinning. Launching has a very different meaning, though, for hardware. Once that physical product leaves the warehouse, the design team can’t patch the hardware itself. It’s got to work reliably, be easy to use and most importantly, be safe for...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, EC, Health Tech, Sapphire Ventures, Tonal, Aly Orady, EC-1, EC Consumer Health, EC Ecommerce and D2C, Tonal EC, Bolt Mayfield Shasta

Building online communities for fun, profit and product

Once a fitness tech company like Tonal launches its product, it immediately faces another challenge: how to keep those users engaged. It’s not enough that a customer purchased the device; it’s equally as important to keep them using it over the long term so they continue to pay the monthly subscription fees required for access to classes. In Tonal’s case, recurring revenues generated from those monthly subscription fees are significant, as the startup charges each user $49 per month with a minim...
Tags: TC, Facebook, California, San Francisco, Tech, Johnson, Facebook Groups, Health Tech, San Francisco Bay Area, Facebook Group, Instagram and Twitter, Peloton, Sarah Johnson, Tonal, EC-1, EC Consumer Health

How a homegrown experiment became one of the fastest-growing companies in fitness tech

Fitness is about resistance — running against the wind, firing up muscles against the dead gravity of weights, fortifying the mind against that nagging feeling that a park bench and a scoop of ice cream would probably be just a bit more enjoyable. For Tonal, resistance isn’t just a value proposition, it’s the very ingredient that conditioned this startup to become one of the darlings of the fitness tech world. For Tonal, resistance isn’t just a value proposition, it’s the very...
Tags: TC, Nordstrom, Samsung, America, San Francisco, Tech, Korea, Health Tech, Mayfield Fund, Tonal, Aly Orady, Orady, EC-1, EC Consumer Health, EC Ecommerce and D2C, Samsung Sun Microsystems HP

Vibrant raises $7.5M for a drug-free mechanical pill to treat constipation

Vibrant, a medical technology company that’s developed a disposable vibrating pill to treat chronic constipation, today announced its Series E for $7.5 million. The company is based in Tel Aviv and is lead by Lior Ben-Tsur, a startup veteran. Since its founding in 2007, the company has raised a total of $25 million. This round is being led by Unorthodox Ventures with participation by Sequoia. Vibrant, which is going through its third and final round of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing,...
Tags: Health, TC, Tel Aviv, Insurance, Tech, Ceo, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Biotech, Chemicals, Health Tech, Medical Technology, Medical Tech, Food and Drug Administration FDA, American Gastroenterological Association, Capsule

SpineZone is the latest health tech startup to raise millions in the musculoskeletal space

SpineZone is a startup that creates personalized exercise programs and treatment for neck and back pain. The company uses an online platform and in-person clinics to deliver a curriculum that, ideally, helps patients avoid the need for prescription drugs, injections and surgeries, and providers then avoid the cost of all of the above. Co-founded by brothers Kian Raiszadeh and Kamshad Raiszadeh, the company tells TechCrunch that it has raised $12 million in a Series A round led by Polaris Partner...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Tech, Cigna, Health Tech, TechCrunch, Early Stage, Polaris Partners, Aetna, Skeleton, Martin Ventures, Providence Ventures, Hinge Health, Recent Funding, Spinezone

Certific, a health tech startup from the founder of TransferWise, aims to be the rails for certified home testing

Certific, a health tech startup co-founded by TransferWise’s Taavet Hinrikus, is breaking cover today with the launch of what it claims is the first “certified” remote COVID-19 testing service. The British-Estonian company is using techniques borrowed from the worlds of fintech and telemedicine, including asking users to film themselves while taking the at-home test, in a bold attempt to solve remote testing’s adherence and trust problem. Initially targeting private individuals and businesses in...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Health Tech, Transferwise, Taavet Hinrikus, Hinrikus, COVID-19, Certific, Jack Kreindler, Liis Narusk, Kreindler, Narusk, Kreindler Certific

Tech for Change

From 3D-printed prostheses to burgers grown in science labs to smarter mobility for the elderly or infirm (or just helping us get more sleep at night), tech improves our lives every day in a million ways beyond simply making things more convenient. Tech can have a meaningful impact — that’s why we call it Tech […]
Tags: Health, Climate Change, Cancer, Environment, Charity, Trends, Renewable Energy, Green, Diabetes, Air Pollution, Conservation, Digital Divide, Alzheimer's Disease, Stem Cells, Archaeology, Recycling

You May Soon Be Able to Measure Blood Pressure From Your Finger

Wearable devices have become more sophisticated in recent years, with the ability to track everything from abnormal heart rates and atrial fibrillation to stress and even blood oxygen levels. However, monitoring blood pressure is a challenge for a wrist-worn device. Wearable components maker Valencell says it’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Blood Pressure, Health Tech, Valencell, CES 2021, Ppg Sensors

Philips Has a New Smart Toothbrush That Adapts as You Brush

It’s not CES without at least one AI-powered toothbrush that promises to revolutionize how you clean your mouth. It’s usually some form of Bluetooth connectivity with an app that lets you view which teeth you’ve brushed, and which ones you may have missed. At this year’s show, however, Philips’ Sonicare 9900 Prestige…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Philips, Health Tech, Smart Toothbrushes, CES 2021, Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige

This Stealth Startup Is Using Electrical Stimulation to Help People Walk Again

Some 33 million people in the U.S., or 1 in 7 Americans, have disabilities related to mobility, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Considered something of a silent health epidemic, the degree to which older and middle-aged Americans struggle with difficulties walking or climbing is immense.Read more...
Tags: Startups, Science, Innovation, Health Tech

Amazon Might Be Working on an Alexa-Enabled Sleep Apnea Gadget

Amazon might be working on an Alexa-enabled device that could potentially track sleep and detect sleep apnea, according to a Business Insider report.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Science, Health Tech, Alexa, Sleep Trackers, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Tracking

Stop Using Calorie-Counting Apps

You. Yes, you, with your finger poised over the download button of some kind of diet or calorie-counting app. Stop it. I know January, a prime time for weight loss resolutions, is right around the corner, and that some of you might be feeling not-so-great about extra pounds gained during quarantine. Others might feel…Read more...
Tags: Science, Health Tech, Myfitnesspal, Trust Me Its Not Worth It, Calorie Counting Apps

Lux Capital’s Deena Shakir sees space and frontier tech going mainstream right now

Deena Shakir joined Lux Capital as a partner last year after spending seven years with Google, the last of them with GV, Google’s venture unit. While Shakir seems to fit right in with the firm — known for its wealth of PhDs and moonshot investments — venture wasn’t something she was focused on as a career, as she told us during a lengthy interview last week. An Iraqi-American who grew up in Silicon Valley after her parents immigrated to the region, Shakir put herself through both Harvard, ...
Tags: Google, TC, Stanford, White House, Tech, Nasa, Bbc, Harvard, Silicon Valley, State Department, Health Tech, Clinton, Bay Area, SPAC, TMS, Lux

Moderna's manufacturing test

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,On Tuesday, the UK officially started administering COVID-19 vaccines outside of a clinical trial - beginning with 90-year-old Margaret Keenan.In the meantime, here in the US, we're poring over documents released today by the Food and Drug Administration about Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine.Also today in healthcare news: A closer look at Moderna's vaccine factory, a $650 million health-tech deal, and how the top three vaccines compare in terms of cost, ...
Tags: UK, White House, Massachusetts, Brown University, US, Trends, Healthcare, M&a, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University, Polaroid, Health Tech, Kleiner Perkins

Health tech venture firm OTV closes new $170 million fund and expands into Asia

OTV (formerly known as Olive Tree Ventures), an Israeli venture capital firm that focuses on digital health tech, announced it has closed a new fund totaling $170 million. The firm also launched a new office in Shanghai, China to spearhead its growth in the Asia Pacific region. OTV currently has a total of 11 companies in its portfolio. This year, it led rounds in telehealth platforms TytoCare and Lemonaid Health, and its other investments include genomic machine learning platform Emedgene; m...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, China, Israel, Tech, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Shanghai, Venture Capital, Health Tech, Digital Health, Shanghai China, OTV, Montreal Before

Digital Ayurveda – Health tech transforming and promoting traditional healthcare amidst the COVID pandemic, for long a leader in making available affordable, holistic healthcare and wellness to the world with the practice of traditional systems of medicine is now seeing new-age health tech help transform these practices. With the release of several new apps helping share data with the use of encryption tech to secure information, compani...
Tags: Business, News, India, Health Tech, Digital Ayurveda, Digital Ayurveda Health

Hackers are stepping up attacks on health care facilities and researchers

There's been an almost 50% increase in breaches from 2019
Tags: News, Trends, Cybersecurity, Hackers, Red Cross, Health Tech, Icrc, Healthcare Systems

Hackers are stepping up attacks on healthcare facilities and researchers

There's been an almost 50% increase in breaches from 2019
Tags: News, Trends, Cybersecurity, Hackers, Red Cross, Health Tech, Icrc, Healthcare Systems

Do Your Homework Before Volunteering Your Data to Fight Coronavirus

The global coronavirus pandemic has sparked a wave of health tech companies seeking to find innovative solutions to combat covid-19. That includes everything from using smartwatches and thermometers to track symptoms, to crowdsourcing apps designed to learn from your coughs and self-reported symptoms, to building …Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Data, Health Tech, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

What SoftBank’s Vision Fund results tell us about troubled startup sectors

A famous investor published notes today concerning its startup investments, detailing where they excelled and where they struggled. To understand why we care about this particular investor’s results, a little context helps. The investor in question is Japanese telecom giant and startup benefactor SoftBank, which reported its fiscal year’s results this morning. SoftBank’s investments are famous because of its $100 billion Vision Fund effort, which saw it put capital to work in a host of private c...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Softbank, Tech, Health Tech, SoftBank Vision Fund

RDMD Lands $14M to Expand Reach of Rare Disease Research Platform

Thousands of diseases occur so infrequently that few data are readily available about the patients who have them. RDMD, which launched in 2018 to gather such data to spur more drug research for those patients, has raised $14 million to add 20 more diseases to its platform.The San Francisco-based startup operates a two-sided network. Information contributed by patients with rare diseases and advocacy groups who are dedicated to advancing research into potential treatments for those conditions is...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Twitter, San Francisco, Trends, Venture Capital, Oculus, Astrazeneca, Biotech, Financing, Health Tech, Angel Investor, Life Sciences, Spark Capital, Rare Disease, UCB

Taiwan’s anti-coronavirus tech is working wonders. The U.S. should take notes

Technology is a powerful weapon for health, but some countries wield it better
Tags: Trends, Taiwan, Features, Health Tech, Health & Fitness, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus App

Mangrove Capital’s Mark Tluszcz on the huge mHealth opportunity and why focusing on UX is key

Mangrove Capital Partners’ co-founder and CEO Mark Tluszcz is brimming with enthusiasm for what’s coming down the pipe from health tech startups. Populations armed with mobile devices and hungry for verified and relevant information, combined with the promise of big data and AI, is converging, as he sees it, into a massive opportunity for businesses to rethink how healthcare is delivered, both as a major platform to plugging gaps in stretched public healthcare systems and multiple spaces in b...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, TC, Europe, UK, New York, Indonesia, Ebay, US, America, Tech, Spain, Artificial Intelligence, NHS, National Health Service

Healthcare data integration startup Abacus Insights lands $12.7M Series A

Abacus Insights, an early stage startup that wants to help coordinate healthcare information across systems, announced a $12.7 million Series A investment today led by CRV. Existing investors 406 Ventures and Echo Health Ventures also participated in the round. The company is trying to make it easier for health insurance companies to share data with various parties in the healthcare system with the ultimate goal of lowering costs and helping participants across the system from doctors to pharmac...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, New York, Boston, Tech, Health Tech, Abacus, CRV, Ventures, Minal Patel, Echo Health Ventures

Animal Rescue Groups, PGA, Stryve Biltong, Novo Labs & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Dallas Animal Services won $200,000 in the Innovation Showdown, a pet tech competition, for a customer service system that uses a mobile app and two-way video in order to streamline the adoption process. Day of the Dogs in Houston won $175,000 for its donation platform that uses crowdfunding to reduce the number of animals euthanized at shelters. Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, CA, won $75,000 for automated scheduling software ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Texas, Crowdfunding, Funding, Sacramento, Trends, Tech, Investment, People, Palo Alto, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software

Sobriety Pays: DynamiCare Gamifies Staying Clean for Recovering Addicts

Eric Gastfriend was looking for his next tech startup idea after leaving his video game startup Happy Cloud and finishing an MBA at Harvard Business School when the inspiration came from a source close to home.A relative was entering rehab for alcohol abuse for the second time, he says. Gastfriend asked his father—David Gastfriend, director of addiction research at Massachusetts General Hospital—why treatments sometimes don’t seem to stick and people with substance disorders relapse.“My dad sai...
Tags: Deals, Boston, Alcohol, Trends, Tech, App, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Health Tech, VCs, Massachusetts General Hospital, Akili Interactive, Harvard Business School, National blog main, Boston blog main, National top stories