Health

  • Health And Fitness Data Is Useless Crunch Network

    Health And Fitness Data Is Useless

    Data is hot right now. We generate tons of it, but most of it sits there, latent, unused and useless. This is particularly pronounced when it comes to health and fitness data, where we strap on our fitness trackers and expect the pounds to melt away with each step passively logged. But we haven’t seen a dramatic improvement in our nation’s health with the emergence of the… Read More

  • Health-Centric Food Delivery Service Power Supply Raises $5M Seed Round

    Health-Centric Food Delivery Service Power Supply Raises $5M Seed Round

    Power Supply, one of the growing number of food delivery services, today announced that it has raised a $5 million seed round led by Upfront Ventures. Other investors include Hanson Li (Saison, Locol), former Blackboard CEO Michael Chasen, health expert Mark Sisson, former Fresh Direct CMO Drew Koven, Alan Bankier and The Motley Fool. Read More

  • Cora Delivers Organic Cotton Tampons On Demand And In Style

    Cora Delivers Organic Cotton Tampons On Demand And In Style

    You can’t swing a bag of cats without hitting a new tampon startup. Whether it’s about scheduling deliveries or getting something sweet with the deal, startups are looking to disrupt the age-old feminine care industry with a number of twists and tricks. But Cora, a startup launching today, is looking to re-imagine the entire experience of buying and using tampons, from delivery… Read More

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    Graphene Shows Promise For Brain Implants

    Graphene Shows Promise For Brain Implants

    Graphene, the super thin carbon material that’s been exciting scientists in the decade+ since single-atom thick graphene crystallites were successfully extracted from the bulk material, continues to give hints of a promising future blending electronics and biology. Read More

  • Confirmed: Practice Fusion Lays Off 25% Of Workers To Create Positive Cash Flow

    Confirmed: Practice Fusion Lays Off 25% Of Workers To Create Positive Cash Flow

    Practice Fusion, a startup digitizing electronic health records (EHR) for hospitals and healthcare facilities, confirmed to TechCrunch that it trimmed a quarter of its workforce today in an effort to become cash flow positive. The layoffs were across the board, including engineering, product, marketing and customer success departments and affect roughly 74 people. Read More

  • Stop Throwing Tech At Flint. It Won’t Help. Crunch Network

    Stop Throwing Tech At Flint. It Won’t Help.

    I advise a lot of water tech entrepreneurs because I’m a masochist and because water tech is my first love. Recently, a lot of them are coming back to me with the Flint Water Crisis front and center in their pitch decks. So are a bunch of new water startups, all touting filters, sensors, or some gadget promising to solve the current emergency and prevent others like it from happening. Guys. Read More

  • Pager Expands Its On-Demand Doctor Service By Letting Users Chat With Nurses

    Pager Expands Its On-Demand Doctor Service By Letting Users Chat With Nurses

    Pager isn’t just a doctor-on-demand service anymore. We’ve mentioned the New York City-based company as part of a broader group of startups aiming to bring doctors to patients’ homes, and to be clear, you’ll still be able use the app to set up medical house calls. Now, however, that’s just one part of a broader experience. Read More

  • Health Agency Says Theranos Lab Practices Pose “Immediate Jeopardy” To Patient Safety

    Health Agency Says Theranos Lab Practices Pose “Immediate Jeopardy” To Patient Safety

    More bad news for Theranos: A federal health agency has declared that the blood test company’s “deficient practices … pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.” In a letter sent to Theranos on January 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it identified deficiencies related to hematology and analytic systems, and with the… Read More

  • Toxic Water, Toxic City

    Toxic Water, Toxic City

    The water in Flint is toxic. The state of Michigan inadvertently poisoned the city’s well, and it will take years to flush the system. And that might not be the worst part. The state has yet to reveal how it will repair Flint’s image. Read More

  • Mobile Medical Consultation Service HealthTap Launches Disaster Service HealthTap SOS

    Mobile Medical Consultation Service HealthTap Launches Disaster Service HealthTap SOS

    It was in the aftermath of the devastating flooding of the Indian city of Chennai that HealthTap first rolled out the services that would become its new HealthTap SOS, which the company launched today at the World Economic Forum. Flex (formerly Flextronics) — a HealthTap customer — reached out to the mobile medical consultation service to see if it could provide support for the… Read More

  • Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Greatist, a website promising “real facts and doable steps for your happiest life,” has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. I wrote about the startup in 2012, when I said it was focused on “non-sucky health content.” In other words, it offered health and wellness advice targeted at millennial readers, presented with a distinctive editorial voice and based on… Read More

  • Brunei Prince Invests $2M In BookDoc, A ‘ZocDoc For Southeast Asia’

    Brunei Prince Invests $2M In BookDoc, A ‘ZocDoc For Southeast Asia’

    BookDoc, a new entrant to the space of online doctor bookings in Southeast Asia, has raised a seed round of financing which includes a $2 million investment from Prince Abdul Qawi, a member of The House of Bolkiah, the ruling family of Brunei. Royal families investing in technology startups is nothing new. Saudi Prince is a shareholder of both Twitter, Lyft and Snapchat, not to mention Apple… Read More

  • Prepd Pack Is A Lunchbox You Won’t Be Ashamed To Carry

    Prepd Pack Is A Lunchbox You Won’t Be Ashamed To Carry

    There are a ton of clear benefits to taking your lunch to work. It’s more sustainable, you are able to assess exactly what you’re putting in your body, you can save a ton of cash and most of the time it encourages you to be much healthier. And it doesn’t have to be such a hassle. Read More

  • New Year, Two New Jobs For Ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo…

    New Year, Two New Jobs For Ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo…

    Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who stepped away from the big blue bird last June, has a new health and fitness platform startup in the works, focused on motivating people to make lifestyle improvements by drawing on the expertise of a range of “wellness professionals” to provide inspiring guidance. Read More

  • Screw Those $300 Standing Desks. This Cardboard One Is $25

    Screw Those $300 Standing Desks. This Cardboard One Is $25

    Is sitting at a computer all day making you fat, but standing desks are too expensive? The Hootsuite CEO’s nifty new side project could save your spine and slim your belly. Oristand is a $25 standing desk made of cardboard. Just unfold the contraption, stick it atop your normal desk, and you can work without hunching. Some employees at Hootsuite were already bolting little IKEA shelves… Read More

  • Medal Gets Missing Medical Records To Your Doctor

    Medal Gets Missing Medical Records To Your Doctor

    If you get hurt and show up unconscious at the hospital, they likely have no idea what medications you’re on, your medical history, or where you’ve been treated. Medal wants to fix that so all your medical records are united in one place and can be securely accessed by your doctors whenever necessary. While insurance companies and hospitals have worked for years on so-called… Read More

  • Indian Home Healthcare Startup Care24 Gets $4M Series A From SAIF Partners

    Indian Home Healthcare Startup Care24 Gets $4M Series A From SAIF Partners

    Care24 is the latest home healthcare startup to get funding in India. The Mumbai-based company announced today that it has closed a $4 million Series A from SAIF Partners, which it will invest in caretaker training and its technology platform. Read More

  • Obama’s New Cancer Initiative Could Use A Shot Of Silicon Valley Innovation

    Obama’s New Cancer Initiative Could Use A Shot Of Silicon Valley Innovation

    Silicon Valley should have a stake in the U.S. government’s moonshot initiative to cure cancer. President Obama announced this initiative in his last State of the Union address Tuesday night, placing Joe Biden in charge of “Mission Control” for the effort. Biden started reaching out to hundreds of the world’s top cancer experts since his son passed away from brain cancer… Read More

  • Lyft Announces Partnership To Help Seniors Without Smartphones Get Around

    Lyft Announces Partnership To Help Seniors Without Smartphones Get Around

    Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have always been awesome at empowering people without viable forms of transportation to get around. A key demographic that’s been left out of reaping these benefits, however, is the nation’s senior citizens. Today, Lyft announced a partnership with the National MedTrans Network that will provide seniors in NYC a simpler way to get rides… Read More

  • Walker & Company Introduces The Super Sleek Bevel Trimmer

    Walker & Company Introduces The Super Sleek Bevel Trimmer

    Hot off of raising a $24M Series B round and inking a deal with Target for its Bevel brand, Walker & Company Brands has launched a brand new product — Bevel Trimmer. The company calls it “the most advanced device for trimming and shaping coarse or curly hair” and comes with a fresh new partnership with rapper Nas. While Walker & Company might not be your typical… Read More

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