Megan Rose Dickey

Atolla uses machine learning to address your skin care needs

Atolla uses machine learning to address your skin care needs

Atolla, a skin care startup that got its roots at MIT, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to to help people achieve their skin goals. Atolla uses machine learning to identify skin health issues and then recommend the right skin care products based on what affects your skin. Atolla comes as a monthly subscription, with the […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Even Financial acquires Birch Finance, a credit card rewards startup

Even Financial acquires Birch Finance, a credit card rewards startup

On the heels of a funding round to the tune of $18.8 million, Even Financial has acquired Birch Finance for an undisclosed sum. Even offers products like a pre-approval API, real-time pricing, machine learning optimization, a product comparison and recommendation engine for consumers and more. Birch Finance, a TC Startup Battlefield alum that raised $1 million earlier […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Emotional wellness startup Aura raises $2.7 million from Cowboy Ventures and Reach Capital

Emotional wellness startup Aura raises $2.7 million from Cowboy Ventures and Reach Capital

Aura, an app for emotional well-being, has raised a $2.7 million seed round co-led by Cowboy Ventures and Reach Capital, with participation from others. When Aura first launched a couple of years ago, its bread and butter was short, three-to-seven-minute meditations based on your current mood — be that stressed, anxious, happy or sad. Since then, […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Spatial raises $8 million to bring augmented reality to your office life

Spatial raises $8 million to bring augmented reality to your office life

Legitimate augmented reality use cases are hard to come by. Spatial, which dubs itself as a cross-reality platform, is launching today with $8 million in seed funding from iNovia Capital, Uber co-founder and Expa founder Garrett Camp, Samsung Next, Joi Ito of MIT Media Lab, Mark Pincus and Andy Hertzfeld to bring augmented reality to enterprise customers. […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Ex-One Medical exec launches mental health studio

Ex-One Medical exec launches mental health studio

Access to timely, quality mental health services can be a struggle. Octave, a mental health studio founded by Sandeep Acharya, One Medical’s former head of strategy, is launching today to help with just that. “The mission of Octave is to create a society where people are as proactive about their mental well-being as they are […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Dating app Vibes aims to create a safe, authentic space for people to meet

Dating app Vibes aims to create a safe, authentic space for people to meet

Online dating is trash. Seriously, try to find anyone who disagrees with me. Vibes, operated by an all-women team, aims to be different. Sure, the swipe mechanics are still there, but that’s about the only similarity you’ll find between Vibes and the likes of Tinder, Hinge, Bumble and others. “Because of how crowded the space […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Uber is developing an on-demand staffing business

Uber is developing an on-demand staffing business

Uber is reportedly developing a short-term staffing business to offer 1099 independent contractors for events and corporate functions, the Financial Times first reported. Dubbed Uber Works, the service would provide waiters, security guards and other temporary staffers to business partners, a source close to Uber told TechCrunch. Uber has been working on the project for […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Journal raises $1.5 million to bring Google-like search to your personal life

Journal raises $1.5 million to bring Google-like search to your personal life

In today’s world of Slack, email and a gazillion other web apps and services, it’s become increasingly hard to search for information. Did your boss Slack you or email you that information about your bonus? Or did they share it via a Google Doc? Who knows? Clearly not you, but Journal knows. Journal, a machine […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Electric scooter startup Grin raises ~$45 million

Electric scooter startup Grin raises ~$45 million

Grin, an electric scooter startup backed by Y Combinator, has raised a $45.7 million Series A to operate shared, electric scooters in Latin America. Grin, which is based in Mexico City, had previously raised funding from Sinai Ventures, Liquid2 Ventures, 500 Startups, Monashees, Base10 Partners and others. Currently, Grin only operates in Mexico City, but […]

 Megan Rose Dickey

Lime wants to block Scoot and Skip from deploying electric scooters in SF next week

Lime wants to block Scoot and Skip from deploying electric scooters in SF next week

Lime is doing the most right now. In light of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency denying Lime a permit to operate electric scooters in the city, Lime is gearing up to request a temporary restraining order. “Lime believes that after selecting two other less experienced electric scooter companies and comparatively weaker applications in a process that […]

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