Many of us tend to look at health in terms of the absence of disease or sickness. But overall health, both mental and physical, is determined by a combination of wellness factors that include sleep, nutrition, exercise, social connections, and mindfulness. Heuro Health is a wellness management platform that integrates personal health information, habits and routines, wellness data, providers, and insurance information to provide the guidance and tools to improve overall health. The platform takes a holistic approach, providing unlimited access to telehealth options with physicians, a personalized health assessment and scoring system, health coaching, analytics-powered personal guidance, and more. The app is free for members of employer-sponsored healthcare plans, helping employees improve their wellbeing while lowering overall costs for employers. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Jesse Kessler to learn more about building a true healthcare ecosystem that brings continuity in patient care across the spectrum, the company’s strategic expansion plans, and much, much more…
The uncertainty of the pandemic has been difficult for many from a mental and emotional standpoint. Spiritual guidance has prospered in the face of this uncertainty as we flock towards ways to quell anxiety, loneliness, and fear about the future to the point where NYC psychic Betsy LeFae is able to charge $997 for an hour-long virtual reading for those seeking clarity. Sanctuary is a mobile-first platform that makes spiritual guidance more accessible. The app offers a free daily horoscope and premium options for real-time one-on-one text-based readings with astrologers, tarot card readers, and psychics. As the world scrambled to virtual, Sanctuary experienced a 500% increase in users that booked a live reading during the pandemic. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Ross Clark to learn more about the company’s mission to modernize spiritual guidance, traction, strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include BITKRAFT Ventures, KEC Ventures, Greycroft, Azure Capital Partners, Advancit Capital, Gaingels, and Uncommon Denominator.
80% of the human body consists of water and every organ, cell, and tissue found in the body is reliant on water to function properly. Yet, 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration. Hydrant is a consumer wellness brand that offers single-use powder packages to maintain optimal hydration levels, free of artificial ingredients. The company’s hydration mix provides up to 3x the electrolytes of sports drinks with 70% less sugar. Hydrant is available direct-to-consumer online and through a number of retail presences. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder John Sherwin to learn more about the company’s expansion into brick-and-mortar locations, expanding product line, and latest round of funding from investors that include Lance Bass, Ashley Greene, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Jonathan Stewart, Darren Sproles, Michael Bisping, Sloane Stephens, and Ron Everline.
The benefits of clean eating are plentiful and include improved heart and brain health, weight control, stronger immune system, and increased energy levels just to name a few. But with our busy schedules, it’s often difficult to actually eat clean. This NYC startup makes it easier. Sakara Life provides a plant-based, completely organic nutrition service that’s ready-to-eat. Rather than building a simple meal delivery service, the company takes a holistic approach to nutrition by integrating modern science, ancient healing practices, and natural remedies into its offering, viewing “food as medicine”. Sakara also provides a growing set of functional snacks, supplements, and educational content to support the end-to-end customer journey focused on achieving full nutritional wellness. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounders and Co-CEOs Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle to learn more about the inspiration for the business, the company’s expanding product offering, building a CPG brand beyond meal kits, the company’s latest funding from investors that include One Better Ventures, Silas Capital, and Annox Capital.
There is mounting evidence that social networks are greatly affecting our mental health with higher reports of depression for those who spent more time on the various platforms. There is also a growing body of research that shows the transformative benefits of embracing gratitude that include better sleep, lower stress, minimizing health risks, improving generosity, and decreasing materialism. Happyfeed is a self-care app that enables you to seamlessly establish a ritual of daily gratitude journaling with its private journaling platform available for iOS, Android, and the Web. The app prompts you daily to reflect on three things that are currently bringing you joy and gives you the ability to share with private groups of friends and loved ones. The practice of reflecting on joyous moments is said to train your brain to focus on the bright side and over time will increase overall happiness. AlleyWatch caught up with Founder and CEO Matt Kandler to learn more about the inspiration for the app, how the practice of positive psychology improves mental well-being, and the company’s future plans.
The experience of COVID has brought wellness top of mind along with maintaining both physical and mental health during these trying times. Hydra Studios, an operator of wellness spaces in the city launched by two Goldman alums, is looking to serve this market through its network of spaces for people to relax, workout, and recharge at convenient locations throughout the city as we began pondering life post-COVID. The company’s first studio launched in 2019 within a Convene location in Midtown and now Hydra is ready to launch its flagship space in FiDi in the new year. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounders Marie Kloor (CEO) and Dan Nielsen (COO) to learn more about the company’s vision, the experience of building a space in the middle of a pandemic, and the company’s recent funding round from investors that include Slow Ventures, CityRock Ventures, Courtside Ventures, Fifth Wall, and Outbound Ventures.
Any parent knows that a well-rested baby is a happy baby. Nanit, the smart baby sleep monitoring connected solution, uses data science and analytics to understand an infant’s sleep patterns to optimize sleep. CEO Sarah Dorsett shares more on the company’s product pipeline and recent funding round, which brings Nanit’s total funding raised to $49.6M.
Cadence is a cross-market brand that touches the lifestyle, beauty, wellness, fitness, and travel spheres. The mass-market potential comes from the fact that we aren’t asking consumers to change their existing habits: we’re providing a solution that fits into their daily lives. CEO and Cofounder Steph Hon shares how Cadence is taking plastic from beaches and turning into one of the most pragmatic purchases you’ll buy.
75% of Americans suffer from dehydration. Hydrant cofounders John Sherwin and Jai Jung Kim are on a mission to prevent this with their direct-to-consumer offering that gets hydration checked off your list, first thing in the morning.
There are countless fitness programs catered towards shedding weight gained from pregnancy. But very few focus on the myriad of physiological conditions that arise from the changes the body undergoes during and after pregnancy. Every Mother is a streaming fitness platform rooted in research-backed, proven, and clinical solutions to these conditions. CEO Allison Rapaport discusses the key scientific benefits of pre and post-natal fitness programs and much more…
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