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  • Prose raises $5.2 million for custom shampoo

    Prose raises $5.2 million for custom shampoo

    Whether your hair is straight, curly, color-treated or oily, the texture is unique. And a newly launched startup called Prose thinks your hair products should be, too. Prose is working with hair salons and stylists to build custom formulations for clientele. They’ll not only take into account a person’s hair type but whether their city has pollution, wind or humidity. Prose will… Read More

  • Allbirds plans to expand to new materials with $17.5 million in fresh funds

    Allbirds plans to expand to new materials with $17.5 million in fresh funds

    You can’t walk outside your door in San Francisco these days without seeing some tech worker or VC wearing a pair of Allbirds. The eco-friendly wool shoes have taken over the tech world since the startup’s launch a mere 18 months ago. Now, it plans to expand globally and develop new materials beyond its signature merino wool. Allbirds has a good amount of capital to go there as… Read More

  • Pre-owned jewelry marketplace TrueFacet now sells brand-new bling

    Pre-owned jewelry marketplace TrueFacet now sells brand-new bling

    Since launching in 2014, TrueFacet has emerged as the go-to place for fans of high-end jewelry and watches to find quality pre-owned merchandise for sale online. Now, after establishing itself as a trusted source for some of the most popular jewelry brands, those companies have turned to TrueFacet to help sell their goods directly to consumers. Read More

  • Equity podcast: Facebook good, everyone else bad

    Equity podcast: Facebook good, everyone else bad

    Update from Executive Producer Henry Pickavet: “We’re aware that Alex inexplicably stopped talking mid-sentence towards the end of the episode. We’re working with him to improve his struggles in the art of conversation.” Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s running social science experiment concerning the memorization of esoteric numbers and venture… Read More

  • Sana Health aims to stop insomnia with smart goggles

    Sana Health aims to stop insomnia with smart goggles

    When Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard set out to fly around the world in a plane that uses no fuel, he knew he wasn’t going to get much rest. During the journey, he would be able to sleep, at a maximum, three hours per day with rest meted out in twenty-minute intervals. The plane, which could only accommodate one aviator, required a human systems check every twenty minutes. For part… Read More

  • Co-living gets more cash as shared housing developer HubHaus raises $1.4 million

    Co-living gets more cash as shared housing developer HubHaus raises $1.4 million

    It’s an old story for anyone moving out to a new place, but for Merchant, and others like her, the idea that there can be a better way to move to a place, and live in a city, has led to the creation of new co-living spaces. In the old days, these spaces (once called communes by a generation less capitalized but perhaps no less idealistic) grew organically around shared interests and… Read More

  • Resolved to be better with money? Clarity Money launches with an app for that

    Resolved to be better with money? Clarity Money launches with an app for that

    Americans suck at managing their money. As the country heads into the New Year, it’s clear that more than 57% of us are struggling financially, according to a study from the Center for Financial Services Innovation. And many of us will make New Year’s resolutions to be better about it. We’re planning to cut our credit card debt, manage our finances and start saving. We all… Read More

  • Allbirds raises $7.25 million, unveils new shoe colors

    Allbirds raises $7.25 million, unveils new shoe colors

    If you’ve walked around San Francisco, you’ve probably seen them. An eco-friendly and comfortable wool shoe, Allbirds has already developed a cult following in the tech world. Venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and several people on TechCrunch staff wear them. I’ve never worn a pair but TC’s Megan Rose Dickey, Josh Constine and Andrew Sweeney had good things to say… Read More

  • iBeat raises $1.5 million to build a heart monitor that people will actually want to wear

    iBeat raises $1.5 million to build a heart monitor that people will actually want to wear

    A San Francisco startup called iBeat has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to make a smartwatch that constantly monitors a wearer’s heart and, in the event of cardiac arrest, checks in on them, and notifies loved ones and emergency responders. Ryan Howard, who previously founded and was CEO of the electronic health records venture Practice Fusion, said he started iBeat after losing… Read More