Kustomer, the customer service messaging and management platform, has agreed to be acquired by Facebook. While the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, it has been widely reported that the transaction value is $1B.
The current banking system in the US isn’t structured to help the 130M+ Americans that are living paycheck to paycheck to succeed, instead banks focus on large depositors to support their lending businesses. Current is the digital challenger bank that directly addresses this mismatch by focusing on liquidity and providing access to banking services that include the ability to deliver paychecks up to two days early with direct deposit, no overdraft fees, and earn cashback. The company’s platform is designed to be inclusive for all Americans regardless of age or income level, especially the younger generation; the average age of a Current checking account member is 27 and approximately 50% of its members have never had a bank account before. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Stuart Sopp to learn about Current’s response during the pandemic, simple mission to get money to its customers as fast as possible, impressive user growth, and recent funding round from investors that include Tiger Global Management, Sapphire Ventures. Avenir, Foundation Capital, Wellington Management Company, and QED Investors.
Verbit is the AI-powered transcription and captioning platform that transcribes speech regardless of accent, domain-specific languages, background noises, echoes, and more. To ensure the accuracy and quality of transcriptions/captions, Verbit has a network of 22,000 human transcribers that validate the technology-produced dictations. AlleyWatch caught up with Tom Livne to learn more about Verbit’s technology and how this funding will help position it to be a leader in the global transcription market, which is more than $300B. Verbit has raised a total of $125M across four rounds and this latest round comes from investors that include Sapphire Ventures led our Series C round, Vertex Ventures, Stripes, HV Ventures, ClalTech, and Vertex Growth.
After an intense workout, downing a bottle of Gatorade may feel refreshing but it’s not doing your body any favors – a 20 oz bottle of Gatorade has 34g of sugar; effectively negating your workout. As wellness continues to gain popularity and influence fitness, dietary habits, and metabolic health, people are increasingly conscious about healthy alternatives to combat hydration and replenish electrolytes. Cure Hydration is the organic, plant-based hydration powder mix that has 4x the electrolytes of popular sports drinks without the added sugar; the company uses natural, organic coconut water as a base. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Lauren Picasso to learn more about how training for a triathlon inspired the company, the company’s experience distributing to essential stores during the pandemic, recent round of funding from investors that include Lerer Hippeau, M3 Ventures, Litani Ventures, Andy Roddick, Nas, Matthew Dellavedova, Philip Krim, Nick Green, and others.
QL Gaming Group, the sports data and gaming platform that operates RotoQL, BetQL, Accuscore, and Tennis Insight, has been acquired by Entercom, the local sports and news audio broadcaster, for $32M in an all-cash deal
The behavioral health market is projected to soar, reaching $240B by 2026, and for far too long employers have focused on keeping their employees physically healthy but ignoring mental health conditions. Spring Health has emerged as a pioneer, providing comprehensive employee mental health benefit solutions. The company’s proprietary assessment, “Precision Mental Healthcare”, understands the nuances and symptoms of conditions a person may be experiencing and then matches them to a tailored care plan for treatment. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder April Koh to learn more about how Spring Health breaks down the barriers for delivering mental healthcare to employees, the company’s future plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include Tiger Global. GingerBread Capital, and Operator Partners (the newly-formed fund by Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg), Northzone, Rethink Impact, William K. Warren Foundation, Work-Bench, SemperVirens, Able Partners,True Capital, Kyle Lowry, and Breanna Stewart.
The security of digital assets is absolutely critical in ensuring widespread adoption and this has led to the emergence of countless digital-asset-as-security-service offerings. Fireblocks has emerged as a leader in digital asset security, with a growing number of companies rely-ing on Fireblock’s platform to securely store, transfer, and issue digital assets. The compa-ny has facilitated the transfer of over $150B+ in digital assets for local and international companies since its launch, $23B+ worth of digital assets transferred in Q3 alone, and the company has tripled its customer base already in Q4. AlleyWatch caught up with Co-founder and CEO Michael Shaulov to learn more about how Fireblocks provides the criti-cal infrastructure needed for enterprises to scale digital asset exposure, the company’s growth, and recent funding round from investors that include Paradigm, Cyberstarts, Tenaya Capital, Swisscom, Galaxy Digital, Digital Currency Group (DCG), and Ce-dar Hill Capital.
This AI-powered health and telemedicine startup had already raised one of the largest funding rounds in NYC for Q1 of 2020, and K Health is wrapping up the final quarter of 2020 with another impressive funding round. K Health’s medical intelligence platform is entirely free and consulting with a doctor online costs only $19, less than most copays. At its core, the company has built a robust AI-powered database of clinical data points that are used to determine what treatments and diagnoses were used with those with similar symptoms. AlleyWatch caught up with VP of Marketing Danielle Eddleston to learn more about the company’s impressive growth, key partnerships, and latest funding round from investors that include Valor Equity Partners, Marcy Venture Partners, Atreides Management, PICO Venture Partners, 14W, and Max Ventures.
Forget about wearing your Apple Watch to track your health. Levels is the biowearable that provides real-time feedback on how your diet and activities directly impact your health. Through continuous glucose monitoring, which has traditionally been reserved for those with diabetes, the company is on a mission to address the rising rates of metabolic dysfunction in the US by monitoring the effects of your food choices. Levels currently has a waitlist of 44,000 people. AlleyWatch caught up with founders Casey Means MD Josh Clemente, Sam Corcos, David Flinner and Andrew Conner to discuss the importance of metabolic health, the company’s plans to expand the team across engineering, operations, and marketing, and recent funding round from investors that include A16z, Marc Randolph, Dick Costolo, Michael Arrington, and Matt Dellavedova.
Options traders that reliant on data-driven trades are often forced to combine disparate sources that do not integrate directly with their trading platforms, creating bottlenecks and inefficiencies, especially when the markets are moving fast. These legacy systems also make it nearly impossible to trade algorithmically. OptionsLive is the fully electronic options trading platform that easily integrates into a traders’ existing workflows. The platform provides traders with real-time information and analytics so they can be certain they are never making trading decisions based on old or stale information. This comprehensive options trading solution is built on OpenFin, the financial markets’ operating system (OS), that’s already found in more than 1,200 desktop applications across 225,000 desktops in over 1,500 buy-side and sell-side firms. AlleyWatch caught up with David Hoffman shares more on how OptionsLive replaces legacy systems, the company’s future plans, and differentiators.
The most agile and innovative companies will rely on AI-powered digital “coworkers” alongside creative humans to enhance productivity and increase profits. Roots Automation has built the first zero integration, self-learning Digital Coworker (pre-trained bot) that can perform a variety of common tasks found in Insurance, Healthcare, and Financial Services roles. Through interactions with human counterparts, the pre-programmed bots increase their capabilities and become more efficient, better at understanding the business, and eventually have the capacity to offset the work of four to eight individuals on average per bot. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Chaz Perera to learn more about the company, how his time as Chief Transformation Officer at AIG provided the inspiration for the Roots Automation, and the company’s first funding round led by Vestigo Ventures.