Luma, a three-year-old, Atlanta, Ga.-based maker of smart WiFi routers, has been acquired by First Alert, a maker of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that is itself a subsidiary of Newell Brands, a public company whose other holdings include Rubbermaid. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, but Luma had attracted $22 million from investors, including Relay Ventures, Accel… Read More
Biotech is one of today’s many hot tech frontiers, but one thing holding it back is that it’s significantly less amenable to traditional computing techniques than other areas. A new startup is working on bridging the gap between the digital and the biological by creating a set of computer-aided biology design tools. It’s a prescient enough idea that it has attracted $4.5… Read More
Almost exactly two years ago, the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz took the wraps off a $200 million “biofund” that aimed to invest at the intersection of biology and engineering and was being led by its (then) new general partner, Vijay Pande. Pande argued at the time that it was finally possible to invest in software-enabled biotech ideas — without having to wait eons for… Read More
It’s not just parents who have growing concerns about AltSchool, however. Educators also question whether AltSchool is the next best thing in education, or whether instead the for-profit company could hamper the prospects of the children with which it works, and those it might impact down the road. Seemingly, exasperation with AltSchool has been building over the last year. It was then… Read More
People who work out and eat healthily shouldn’t have to pay as much for life insurance.
That’s the concept behind Health IQ, a startup that’s been making headways in the “insureTech” category.
Venture capitalists have been betting that insurance is ready for change and Health IQ has convinced investors to put another $34.6 million in the startup for its Series C. Read More
Gobble, a 15-minute meal kit delivery service, has raised $15 million in Series B growth financing from Khosla Ventures, TechCrunch has confirmed. Khosla Ventures led the round, along with participation from previous investors A16z, Trinity Ventures and Initialized Capital. Read More
Earnest, a well-funded fintech startup with bold ambitions to create a modern financial institution, is selling to the student-loan company Navient for $155 million in cash. The WSJ was first to report the news. The exit isn’t so great for Earnest’s investors. They’d plugged roughly $320 million in cash and debt into the company, which was initially centered around… Read More