Sproutkin, a newly launched subscription service for children’s books, has raised an initial, but undisclosed (and still ongoing) seed round of under $1 million from investors which include 500 Startups, the TechFellow Fund, and other angels. Like the tagline implies, the startup is introducing a Netflix for children’s books – that is, it’s a rental service where you pay to receive shipments of… → Read More
BarkBox, the subscription-based service that sends pet owners a box of goodies on a monthly basis, has launched a companion mobile application. The app isn’t merely a mini version of the online service, but is meant to compliment Barbox.com by offering unique features like the ability to buy individual items, rate and revies the items in your current box, buy gift subscriptions, read BarkBox news… → Read More
San Francisco-based FabKids is the latest startup to try its hand at subscription-based e-commerce, taking on competitors like Wittlebee in the kids’ apparel space, but with a slightly different twist. Instead of offering a box of separates shipped monthly, FabKids will send out one complete outfit it has designed in-house and personalized to the child, based on a custom profile filled out at… → Read More
If you’re anything like me, your mood is directly proportional to the amount of food in your stomach. And when that food is terrific (and maybe even healthy, too), well life is grand. Yet, for a food-centric culture, we don’t give ourselves a lot of options. If you happen to work long hours, often by the time you get around to eating, restaurants are closed — or you’re exhausted and not… → Read More
Parents looking for a curated selection of music and videos that’s a little more kid-friendly than YouTube have another option now, thanks to the launch of Jitterbug.tv. The new iPad app is the first subscription-based music service for kids, and is targeting the 2-7 age range. Included in the app are videos and music from top kids artists like 23 Skidoo, The Jimmies, Laura Veirs, Milkshake Music… → Read More
JolieBox, which is basically a French version of Birchbox, has just acquired the Spanish version of Birchbox, a service known as Glamourum. The acquisition comes a few months following the company’s Series A with Alven Capital, and the acquisition of its U.K. competitor Boudoir Privé.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it was for a mix of cash and stock, the company says. → Read More
Lost Crates, a subscription service that previously focused on boutique stationery goods (as if there was a demand for such a thing!), is today announcing its relaunch and expansion into several new verticals. The company is one of many in the crowded subscription services market where startups send you stuff by mail, often for low monthly fees. With Lost Crates, however, there’s more of… → Read More