NEA, The Well // Apr 22, 2019
NEA Makes a Land Grab in Booming Wellness Marketplace. In its latest foray into health and well-being, the firm is leading a $14 million bet on the Well, a spa-like health club that features alternative medicine, fitness and meditation.
Bloomberg, Gen.G // Apr 17, 2019
Actor Will Smith and Japanese soccer legend Keisuke Honda are among the new investors in esports franchise Gen.G, which announced a new $46 million round of financing. Smith and Honda’s Dreamers Fund, a investment vehicle they launched last year, are joined by Los Angeles Clippers minority owner Dennis Wong and Michael Zeisser, former chairman of U.S. investments at Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
ESPN, Gen.G // Apr 17, 2019
Gen.G, a multigame esports organization and parent company of the Overwatch League's Seoul Dynasty, have raised $46 million in funding, featuring investment from Will Smith and Los Angeles Clippers minority owner Dennis Wong.
Forbes, The Well // Mar 31, 2019
According to CEO, Rebecca Parekh, THE WELL is founded on the idea that a wellness experience should be is a holistic ecosystem that delivers bespoke treatments from trusted world-class practitioners in beautifully designed spaces.
PIETRA // Mar 27, 2019
Announcing a marketplace that connects the world’s best jewelers and jewelry designers with people looking to create their own custom fine jewelry. Our founding team combines the brightest minds in technology — leaders from Uber, Google, and Microsoft — with forward-thinking executives from iconic fashion companies to push the $200B+ diamond and fine jewelry industry into the digital era.
FLOCKJAY, Tech Crunch // Mar 19, 2019
The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1.
Andrew Chen, A16Z on Pietra // Mar 27, 2019
Marketplaces, Pietra, and the Network Effects of Next Startup Talent.
NEVY Awards // Mar 27, 2019
The New England Venture Capital Association is hosting its seventh annual NEVY Awards which recognize and celebrate New England’s top innovators and companies. Devoted Health is nominated for Healthcare IT Startup of the Year, BEAM Therapeutics is nominated for Revolutionary New Therapeutic or Platform Startup.
BEAM Therapeutics // Mar 6, 2019
Gene editing upstart backed by Broad star Feng Zhang nabs $135M, blueprinting a platform biotech for the long haul.
Devoted Health Slide Deck, Business Insider // Feb 10, 2019
We got a look at the slide deck that startup Devoted Health used to hit a $1.8 billion valuation.
SparkNeuro, Super Bowl Advertising // Feb 1, 2019
“Every 30 seconds of air time is five and a half million dollars,” Spencer Gerrol, founder and CEO of SPARK Neuro, said, “You don’t have time to waste a single second.”
BobaGuys Filipninotown // Jan 1, 2019
SF’s Popular Boba Guys Drop Surprise Second Shop in Historic Filipinotown. The new space is an extension of Rideback Ranch, a buzzy production company campus on Beverly that’s helmed by Dan Lin.
Tech Crunch, Oura Ring // Dec 3, 2018
Oura Health, a sleep-tracking and sleep-improvement platform, just surpassed $20 million* in a funding round led by MSD Capital with participation from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, Sunrise founder Dave Morin, JUMP founder Ryan Rzepecki and others.
Fast Company, Cubcoats // Nov 2, 2018
It’s a $40 stuffed animal that magically unzips to become a hoodie sweater. But it’s become something of a viral sensation among kids and their parents. The company could make up to $10 million in sales in 2018 at its current growth rate. This amazing growth trajectory has helped Cubcoats’ founders, Zac Park and Spencer Markel, land $4.85 million in seed investment from a range of well-known investors.
Tech Crunch, Cubcoats // Nov 1, 2018
Peak Theory, launched by longtime friends Zac Park (who’s 29) and 35-year-old Spencer Markel, is the company behind Cubcoats, a hoodie that transforms into a stuffed animal.
Forbes, Spark Neuro // Oct 22, 2018
Rewiring Storytelling: Neuroanalytic brand boosting from the startup that predicted the Trump win.
Prince Harry, Oura Ring // Oct 19, 2018
Everything you need to know about Prince Harry’s sleep tracker fitness ring.
Game Closure, PocketGamer // Oct 16, 2018
At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, LINE Corporation officially launched a new in-app gaming platform: LINE QUICK GAME. Offering popular Game Closure games, the LINE QUICK GAME platform allows users to play with their friends without downloading or installing any additional applications.
Tech Crunch, Devoted Health // Oct 16, 2018
Devoted Health, a Waltham, Mass.-based insurance startup, has raised a $300 million Series B and is enrolling to its Medicare Advantage plan members in eight Florida counties.
Business Insider, Devoted Health // Oct 16, 2018
A startup that wants to reinvent the way we take care of seniors in America just raised hundreds of millions as it gears up to launch its new plans in 2019.
Forbes Japan // Sept 26. 2018
Forbes, Spark Neuro // Aug 29, 2018
Neuroscientists spent five years to create an algorithm that can help you be more persuasive.
Spark Neuro Raise // Aug 8, 2018
Spark Neuro raises $13.5mm to measure your emotional response to ads and movies.
Oura Ring Raise // July 22, 2018
Finnish HealthTech startup Oura Health raises additional €5 million to help more people to sleep better.
Hollywood Reporter // July 18, 2018
Will Smith is teaming up with Japan's World Cup soccer star Keisuke Honda to launch an investment fund this month, with the aim of raising $100 million of Japanese money and investing in U.S. startups.
Nikkei Asian Review // July 18, 2018
Japanese soccer player Keisuke Honda is launching a venture fund with American movie star Will Smith this month, aiming to raise about $100 million from Japanese investors seeking inroads in budding U.S. startups.