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  • Humon Is A Wearable That Helps Endurance Athletes Train Smarter

    Humon Is A Wearable That Helps Endurance Athletes Train Smarter

    Make way for another wearable. Launching sign-ups for its alpha program on stage today, here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, is a startup called Humon — which is building a real-time lactic acid threshold monitor designed for endurance athletes to help them tailor training to their personal limits. Read More

  • Mother And Daughter Team Launch Scrumpt, An Easier Way To Pack A Healthy School Lunch

    Mother And Daughter Team Launch Scrumpt, An Easier Way To Pack A Healthy School Lunch

    A new wave of startups, including companies like Blue Apron, Plated, HelloFresh and more, have been catering to consumers looking to cook healthier meals at home, but lack the time to shop and source the right ingredients. Today, a new service called Scrumpt is offering a similar option for kids – or rather, for their busy parents who want an easier way to pack a healthy school lunch. Read More

  • Stitch Is Slack For Healthcare Messaging

    Stitch Is Slack For Healthcare Messaging

    Stitch, a central messaging hub for healthcare providers, is launching today on stage at Disrupt to cut down on the $11 billion that U.S. hospitals waste each year due to breakdowns in communication. You can think of Stitch as Slack for healthcare, except channels are organized around individual patients instead of teams or departments. When a patient checks in, the front desk can set up a… Read More

  • Staffly Supplies The Workforce For Independent Retailers

    Staffly Supplies The Workforce For Independent Retailers

    Independent retailers often have a hard time finding and retaining qualified employees. TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield participant Staffly, a startup created by husband and wife team Bjorn and Marissa Ovick, wants to make it easy for them to fill their staffing needs. Staffly has created a digital temp agency of sorts in which retailers find staff, employees find work and Staffly runs… Read More

  • Leap Financial Puts Detailed Business Reporting In Startups’ Hands

    Leap Financial Puts Detailed Business Reporting In Startups’ Hands

    Most startups struggle when it comes to understanding the underlying financial metrics that typically determine the success or failure of their business. At the same time, they are often keeping the books in online tools with easily accessible data. Leap Financial,  a startup participating in the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition this week, wants to make it easy to connect to… Read More

  • Announcing The Startup Battlefield Of Disrupt SF 2015

    Announcing The Startup Battlefield Of Disrupt SF 2015

    TechCrunch is pleased to announce the 25 startups selected to participate in the Startup Battlefield of Disrupt SF 2015. Over the next three days, these companies will compete on tech’s biggest stage for $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. The Battlefield represent the crème de la crème; the startups onstage represent just over 2.5 percent of those that applied. Startup Battlefield… Read More

  • Attention! Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London NOW

    Attention! Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London NOW

    Attention Europe! Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt London. The Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition.Three times a year, the Battlefield takes place at TechCrunch Disrupt, where 20-something new companies will have the opportunity to present their product live on-stage. They then face questions from our expert judging panel. Read More

  • Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360 Acquires Chronos To Add “Quantified Self” Tracking To Its Family Locator App

    Life360, the maker of mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that help keep families connected, has acquired Chronos Mobile Technologies, a startup behind a number of mobile apps that passively collect data from users’ smartphones in order to highlight trends and connections between various behaviors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Chronos had closed on a… Read More

  • ZocDoc Joins The Unicorn Club (Officially)

    ZocDoc Joins The Unicorn Club (Officially)

    In June of last year, VC Experts discovered a filing that suggested ZocDoc, a roughly eight-year-old, New York-based online medical care schedule service, was raising a new round of funding worth $152 million and that valued the company at $1.6 billion. Read More

  • Owlet, The Smart Baby Bootie, Raises $7 Million Series A

    Owlet, The Smart Baby Bootie, Raises $7 Million Series A

    Owlet, the teenie tiny bootie that goes on babies and informs you if they’ve stopped breathing, has raised a $7 million A round, adding some solid numbers to their already impressive $1.85 million seed. The company, led by Jordan Monroe, Kurt Workman, and Zack Bomsta, aims to use the cash to help prepare for its public launch. Read More

  • Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Competitor Cinder

    Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Competitor Cinder

    Disrupt SF 2015 is right around the corner, so we thought we’d catch up on one of last year’s Battlefield contestants — Cinder. Cinder didn’t win the competition, but they’ve been doing some pretty good things since the show. Here’s a bit more about the company and what they’ve been up to since Disrupt SF 2014. Read More

  • DataFox Hunts Down $5 Million in Fresh Funding

    DataFox Hunts Down $5 Million in Fresh Funding

    DataFox, a 2.5-year-old subscription-based deal intelligence platform, has just raised $5 million in funding co-led by Goldman Sachs and earlier investor Green Visor Capital, with participation from another previous backer, Stanford’s StartX fund. The funding follows an earlier, $2 million seed round completed via convertible note. It also follows a slight pivot for the 15-person… Read More

  • Where Are They Now? Battlefield Alumn FOVE Has Successful Kickstarter

    Where Are They Now? Battlefield Alumn FOVE Has Successful Kickstarter

    We got our first look at FOVE, the virtual reality headset that’s controlled by eye movement, at Disrupt SF 2014. FOVE was one of the entrants in the Startup Battlefield, and while the company didn’t win the competition, there were definitely some good times ahead for the company that started in the academic collaboration facility at the University of Tokyo. Read More

  • ShoCard Raises $1.5 Million For Its Digital Identity Card On The Blockchain

    ShoCard Raises $1.5 Million For Its Digital Identity Card On The Blockchain

    What if you could get rid of your driver’s license? We’re not there yet, but ShoCard just raised $1.5 million from Morado Ventures Partners, AME Cloud Ventures, Enspire Capital and Digital Currency Group to do just that. Read More

  • Self Lender Raises $1.5M To Help Americans Establish Credit

    Self Lender Raises $1.5M To Help Americans Establish Credit

    Former Disrupt Battlefield participant Self Lender has raised a $1.5 million round of seed capital from Silverton Partners, who wrote the full check. The new cash comes after the firm raised a prior total of $535,000 from TechStars, Kickstart Seed Fund, and Galvanize Ventures. To date, Self Lender has raised $2.035 million. The company uses loans to help individuals establish, and in some… Read More

  • Fleet, Formerly Called Shipstr, Launches “Yelp For International Cargo Shipping”

    Fleet, Formerly Called Shipstr, Launches “Yelp For International Cargo Shipping”

    It is Fleet’s Week. The startup, a Disrupt 2014 San Francisco Battlefield finalist, is launching a new platform for finding and rating freight forwarders. Formerly called Shipstr, Fleet’s mission is to make logistics easier for small- to medium-sized companies. Read More

  • Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Competitor QuickFire Networks

    Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Competitor QuickFire Networks

    QuickFire Networks launched its QuickFire TV platform at Disrupt SF 2014 during Startup Battlefield. Perhaps best described as a Pied Piper-esque solution for video, QuickFire TV is a custom hardware and software platform that reduces video file sizes and upload times so individuals and companies can get their videos out faster. Read More

  • Startup Battlefield Deadline For Disrupt SF Extended!

    Startup Battlefield Deadline For Disrupt SF Extended!

    Have you been putting off getting your application in to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF? Well, the good news is that you now have one extra week to get your applications in. The deadline to apply to participate in this year’s show has been extended to June 29 at 9 a.m. PDT, giving you a little bit of breathing room to get your act together. Don’t delay too much, however… Read More

  • Wall Street Is Getting Fit(Bit)

    Fitbit’s First Day On Wall Street

    Signs outside the New York Stock Exchange declared that “Wall Street Is Getting Fit.” Activity tracking company Fitbit began public trading today, initially surging to more than 50 percent above its IPO price and holding steady for most of the day. We were at the floor of stock exchange to capture the start of trading (sadly, we couldn’t stick around for the celebrity workout… Read More

  • Fitbit Spikes More Than 50% In IPO Debut

    Fitbit Spikes More Than 50% In IPO Debut

    Fitbit went public this morning, soaring more than 50 percent at one moment. The wearables firm priced its equity at $20 per share. Early trading saw the shares crest the $30 mark. At the time of writing, Fitibit is currently trading for $29.60, a 48 percent gain. Regardless, the company is having the sort of debut that most startups dream of. It’s worth keeping in mind that Fitbit… Read More

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