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With $2.6 million in funding, Gabi wants to get you a better deal on insurance

Most people are overpaying for car or home insurance, but many don’t know by how much or even how to compare different plans or carriers. That’s where Gabi comes in. The startup, which has raised $2.6 million in funding, wants to help users find the best, least expensive home and car insurance …

The “Instagram for doctors” just raised a fresh $10 million

Figure 1 isn’t for the squeamish, but investors apparently love it. The company, a kind of social network where more than a million healthcare professionals can view rare conditions, learn about novel treatments and even teach cases, has just raised $10 million in Series B funding.<p>Kensington …

Vida Health, the app that pairs patients with health coaches, nabs $18 million more from investors

Vida Health, a two-year-old, Palo Alto, Ca.-based subscription-based app that pairs patients with health coaches, has raised $18 million in Series B funding led by Canvas Ventures, with participation from Nokia Growth and earlier backers Aspect Ventures and Khosla Ventures.<p>What’s everyone investing …

Digital Health

One of the hottest bedding startups is opening a hotel in Los Angeles — and rates start at $600 a night

Launched in 2014, Parachute has gained a bit of a cult following for the high-quality sheets it manufactures in Italy and then sells online and in its Venice showroom. At its new 2,200-square-foot penthouse hotel, guests can actually sleep on Parachute bedding and mattress pads, and try out its …

HelloMD looks to its ‘Quora for cannabis’ as a source of growth

I’m in Canada, and I’m having a conversation about weed. So far, everything’s tracking. But this isn’t just a casual convo — HelloMD is a startup focused on health, community and access to information, and they’re based in the U.S. (with people in SF and Colorado). And while the core business began …

Meet Box Island, a new iOS game that aims to teach kids the fundamentals of code

Two years in the making — so long before the public outing of Apple’s Swift Playgrounds — Box Island is a new iOS game that promises to teach young kids the fundamentals of coding.<p>By taking control of Hiro, described as a “charismatic cube-like sidekick,” you are tasked with solving various puzzles …

Photo-sharing app for health professionals, Figure1, adds direct messaging

Figure1, which started out as a photo-sharing app for medical professionals, has quietly added direct messaging to its platform, showing signs the startup wants to be more of a Facebook and less of an Instagram in its field.<p>Toronto- and New York-based Figure1 only allows full access to its platform …

Prete splits from Treat to bring unlimited blowouts to SF

Prete is a new blowout startup launching today in San Francisco and Los Angeles that wants to hook you up with unlimited hair styling. No cuts, color or anything else, just as many blowouts as you want for $129 a month.<p>Some of you may recall a story I wrote about a similar blowout service coming to …

Age of Learning, a quiet giant in education apps, raised $150M at a $1B valuation from Iconiq

Some startups raise a lot of money with much fanfare before they’ve ever shipped a product, but some grow under the radar, building something that clicks, and then slowly amassing users and revenues before most even realise they’ve arrived.<p>Now, one of the latter — an education startup called Age of …

Apps

Shopping Quizzes is a quiz-based recommendation engine for e-commerce sites

A key tenet of e-commerce is the recommendation engine. If implemented correctly, it can be a major sales driver for online retailers. However, most sites normally just implement a basic engine that guesses what shoppers want, without any input from the shoppers themselves.<p>Shopping Quizzes has …

PillDrill is a home medication scanning system for keeping track of prescriptions

The fight to drag the healthcare system kicking and screaming into the 21st century often overlooks the little picture in favor of larger systematic fixes. But for many users on multiple meds, the only thing standing between them and an incorrect or missed dosage is a big, plastic box from the …

Health Care

ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school.<p>Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the …

CrossChx raises a $15 million Series C round from Khosla Ventures, Drive Capital and more

Healthcare identity startup CrossChx announced this morning that they raised a $15 million Series C financing round from Khosla Ventures, Drive Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, NCT Ventures and Moonshots Capital. This brings their total funding to $35 million since being founded in 2012.<p>The Columbus, …

Venture Capital

Former Apple exec launches at-home blood test startup

Bob Messerschmidt knows a little about health and wellness tech, having spent three years helping architect the Apple Watch platform after Apple quietly acquired his spectroscopy company, Rare Light, in 2010. (The terms were undisclosed.)<p>Messerschmidt also knew when he left Apple to found a new …

Online lender Kreditech closes out Series C at $103M after getting $11M from the IFC

Kreditech — the German startup that offers loans and other financial services to consumers who have little or no credit history by using some 20,000 data points online to assess their suitability — has added another $11 million (€10 million) to its Series C round of funding. This brings the total …

Venture Capital

Blooming measures your heart and brain to reduce stress at work

Finnish startup Blooming is aiming to help bouncing-off-the-walls-stressed office workers regain control of their lives by using wearable tech. The service includes monitoring and tracking stress levels, plus recommendation software and meditation advice to help give workers the space to stop and …

HomeHero wants to work with hospitals to connect in-home caregivers to seniors

CEO Kyle Hill spent a lot of time building technology for his parents that would help them find better service for their aging family members — who were around 2,000 miles away across the country. So, when his last startup idea didn’t work out, he decided to bet the company on a new idea around …

Nimble Collective raises $8.5M for cloud-based animation community

Did you ever want unlock your inner Pixar artist? The Nimble Collective has raised an $8.5 million round to develop a cloud-based community for aspiring animators.<p>New Enterprise Associates led the round for the Mountain View, California-based startup, which is targeting the estimated 10 million …

Animation

ThankView Is A Paperless Post For Thank You Cards

Everyone knows that having to write individualized thank you cards is the worst part of receiving gifts.<p>Luckily, ThankView is fixing this with its platform that lets users send customized, video thank you cards to each person on your invite list.<p>Here’s how it works:<p>After uploading a recipient list, …

Naritiv, The Ad Network For Snapchat, Raises $3 Million Series A

Naritiv, the platform that connects brands and advertisers with influencers on Snapchat, has today announced the close of a $3 million Series A led by Third Wave Digital.<p>Investors in the round include Disney, Luminari Capital, Deluxe Entertainment, Wavemaker Partners, and Matthew Anderson (CMO of …

Our 7 Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Batch 15 Demo Day

Despite an investment environment that’s future seems to be growing increasingly cloudy, the 35 accelerator founders who pitched at Tuesday’s 500 Startups Batch 15 Demo Day brought the excitement.<p>We descended on the Computer History Museum in Mountain View to take a look at the latest #500strong …

The Internet Of Medicine Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

Brendan O’Brien Contributor<p>Brendan O’Brien is co-founder of cloud billing provider Aria Systems.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Cloud-Connected Car Drives IoT Monetization<p>Healthcare reform has eluded Congress for more than two decades. It seems technology, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), …

Digital Health

In Race to Build Kid-Activity Subscription Services, Pearachute Raises $1.2 Million

They’re starting to crop up here and there, new startups that have appropriated the monthly class-pass model and are focused on children’s activities. Last month, a New York-based startup called KidPass announced $325,000 in seed funding, including from serial entrepreneur Kevin Ryan. Meanwhile, …

Woo Wants To Take The Hassle And Fear Out Of Job Hunting

LinkedIn is the place where business professionals are seemingly obligated to have an account. While it is undoubtedly useful for growing your “professional network” and heavily used by recruiters across multiple industries worldwide, it isn’t necessary the first place that springs to mind for …

BuildDirect Wants To Become The Amazon Of The Home Improvement Industry, Launches Marketplace

BuildDirect is an online marketplace for buying home improvement products. Today, the company is opening its platform to third-party sellers with the launch of its Home Marketplace.<p>Unsurprisingly, selling heavyweight products like flooring and roofing materials online takes a very different …

Recruitment marketplace Hired nabs $40M, acquires 3 companies in U.S., France, and Australia

Hired, the jobs marketplace for techies that was formerly known as DeveloperAuction, has raised a fresh $40 million funding led by Lumia Capital. This takes the startup’s funding past the $70 million mark.<p>Founded out of San Francisco in 2012, Hired takes a slightly different approach to …

IfOnly Lands $10.25 Million Series B For Its Growing “Experiences” Marketplace

It used to be hard to take IfOnly very seriously. The 3.5-year-old, San Francisco-based company service has always serviced customers looking for unusual experiences, but they seemed out of reach for most, like the (expensive) chance to cook with famed chef Thomas Keller. That the company was …

Startups

BloomThat Now Delivers Flowers Nationwide

BloomThat has launched its flower delivery service nationwide, but it won’t be quite as on-demand as the services it currently offers in San Francisco and New York. Instead of offering delivery within a couple of hours, BloomThat will guarantee next-day delivery, which moves into the territory of …

Funding Daily: Branch Metrics raises $35 million led by Founders Fund

Branch Metrics, a tool for app developers and marketers, took in a $35 million investment led by Founders Fund, the startup announced today.<p>The Palo Alto startup told VentureBeat that it is now valued at $205 million, up from $75 million at its last funding round.<p>With companies in its portfolio …

Venture Capital

Funding Daily: Coca-Cola Founders-backed Wonolo raises $5.7 million

On-demand staffing startup Wonolo announced today through a public filing that it has raised at least $5.7 million in its latest funding round.<p>Backed by Coca-Cola Founders, Wonolo received a $2.2 million investment last year, setting its valuation at $7.5 million, according to the <i>Wall Street …

Venture Capital